Church of Spiritual Technology

Church of Spiritual Technology
Church of Spiritual Technology

Logo of the Church of Spiritual Technology
Formation 1993
Type Owns all the copyrights of the estate of L. Ron Hubbard
Legal status Non-profit
Headquarters Hemet, California, USA
Chairman of Religious Technology Center David Miscavige

The Church of Spiritual Technology, also known as CST, is a Californian 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation[1], incorporated in 1982, which owns all the copyrights of the estate of L. Ron Hubbard. The CST is doing business as L. Ron Hubbard Library. The organization receives its income from royalty fees paid to it by licensing of the copyrighted materials of Dianetics and Scientology to Scientology-connected organizations approved by the Religious Technology Center, and from its wholly owned for-profit subsidiary Author Services Inc. which publishes and promotes Hubbard's fiction works.[2]

In a 1993 memorandum by the Church of Scientology International, the role and function of CST has been described as follows:

"[...] CST [...] is an autonomous church of the Scientology religion outside of the international Scientology ecclesiastical hierarchy. CST conducts an extensive program of activities to preserve and archive the Scientology Scriptures for use by future generations. CST also owns the option to acquire RTC's rights to the Scientology advance[d] technology and religious marks under three narrowly defined sets of circumstances, each of which contemplates a serious threat to continued existence of the religion. CST is the principal beneficiary of Mr. Hubbard's estate, provided that it obtains recognition of its tax-exempt status. [...]"[3]


Corporate information

Basic information

The Church of Spiritual Technology (CST) was incorporated by Sherman Lenske in Woodland Hills, California on May 27, 1982[4]. The Bylaws of CST were signed on June 7, 1982 by its General and Special Directors, who were at that time Lyman Spurlock, Rebecca Pook, Maria Starkey, Stephen A. Lenske, Sherman D. Lenske and Lawrence A. Heller[5]. In 1986, CST's Articles of Incorporation were amended to clarify the "disposition of the corporation's assets upon dissolution"[6].

On August 18, 1993, CST filed an application for tax exemption under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code[7]. The Internal Revenue Service granted CST's request for exemption through an official recognition letter on October 1, 1993[8].

At the time of the filing for tax exemption, the following individuals held corporate positions at CST: The Board of Trustees was composed of John Allcock, David Lantz and Russell Bellin. Thomas Vorm, Russell Bellin and Catherine Schmidt formed the Board of Directors. CST's President was Russell Bellin, its Vice-President Thomas Vorm, its Secretary Jane McNairn and its Treasurer Catherine Schmidt[7].

Licensing of trademarks & service marks

The existence and founding of CST is intimately connected to the creation of the Religious Technology Center, which was incorporated on January 1, 1982. Shortly after its inception, RTC received on May 16, 1982 "the ownership, supervision and control" of the trademarks and service marks, identifying "Scientology applied religious philosophy" and "Dianetics spiritual healing technology" by the originator and founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard through a so-called "Assignment Agreement"[9].

This agreement was subject to an additional "Option Agreement" between Hubbard, RTC and CST. In two so-called "Option Agreements" from May 1982, Hubbard granted CST the right to purchase at any time from RTC the "Marks", the "Advanced Technology" and all the rights to them for the sum of $ 100[10][11].

Parallel and similar sounding agreements between Hubbard, RTC and CST were created during that period concerning the so-called "Advanced Technology," which consists of unpublished derivates of Scientology's confidential "Advanced technology"[12].

Under these agreements, RTC is forced to turn over 90 % of its net income to CST. A document from 1991, reflecting the "financial money flows" of RTC during the year 1989, actually showed a turnover of 59 % of RTC's net income towards CST[13].

Other examples of trademarks and service marks, which are owned by CST are The Way to Happiness and The Way to Happiness symbol. As such, CST operates as the L. Ron Hubbard Library.[14]


The CST oversees the Scientology scriptural archiving project, which aims to preserve the works of Hubbard on stainless steel tablets and encased in titanium capsules in specially constructed vaults throughout the world.[15] The most famous example is the Trementina Base, an underground vault built into a mountainside near Trementina, New Mexico. It is marked by a CST logo visible only from a high altitude and was built in the late 1980s.[16][17]


The very first time the Church of Spiritual Technology was mentioned publicly to scientologists was by COB RTC David Miscavige in 2000 on the New Year's event.[18] Its founders included Meade Emory,[19] a non-Scientologist who used to work for the Internal Revenue Service but went into private practice as a tax lawyer. He was hired as a specialist for the complex Internal Revenue Codes. The Church of Scientology International and most Scientology organizations settled with the IRS about 11 years later when the service passed a resolution in 1993 declaring them tax-exempt.

Unlike other Scientology organizations (which require all corporate officers to be Scientologists in good standing), as well as the Scientologist general directors and staff, the Church of Spiritual Technology includes "Special Directors" who are not required to be Scientologists, but who are required to be lawyers "to ensure that CST takes no action to jeopardize its tax-exempt status" (CST vs. IRS, US Claims Court No. 581-88T, June 29, 1992).[20]

See also


  1. ^ Letter by the Internal Revenue Service to Flemming Paludan, Regional Director, Danish Tax-Office, Washington, D.C., USA, December 22nd, 1993
  2. ^ Author Services, Inc. (ASI) representing the literary, theatrical and musical works of L. Ron Hubbard
  3. ^ Summary Description of Other Scientology Organizations - CST (Church of Spiritual Technology), Author's Family Trust, ASI (Author Services Inc.) - CSI Prod. 11-4-93, Bate Stamp: 151412 - 151413, Ex. 1-8, Washington, DC 1993
  4. ^ Articles of Incorporation of Church of Spiritual Technology, Endorsed Filed in the Office of the Secretary of State of the Sate of California, Woodland Hills, California, May 27th, 28th & June 1st, 1982
  5. ^ Bylaws of Church of Spiritual Technology, California, June 7th, 1982
  6. ^ Certificate of Amendment of Articles of Incorporation - Church of Spiritual Technology, Endorsed filed in the Office of the Secretary of State of the State of California, Bate Stamp: 02008 - 02009, California, April 9th, May 13th & 14th, 1986
  7. ^ a b Form 1023 - Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code - Church of Spiritual Technology, Washington, DC, August 18th, 1993
  8. ^ Recognition Letter for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status - Church of Spiritual Technology, Washington, DC, October 1st, 1993
  9. ^ "Assignment Agreement (LRH/RTC) (Marks)", Notarized Agreement between L. Ron Hubbard and the Religious Technology Center, County of Los Angeles, California, May 16th, 1982
  10. ^ "Option Agreement (Marks)", Notarized Agreement between L. Ron Hubbard and the Church of Spiritual Technology, County of Los Angeles, California, May 10th, 1982/July 9th, 1982
  11. ^ Option Agreement (Advanced Technology-U.S.) - Notarized Agreement between L. Ron Hubbard and the Church of Spiritual Technology, California, May 10th & July 9th, 1982
  12. ^ "Assignment Agreement (LRH/RTC) (Advanced Technology - US)", Notarized Agreement between L. Ron Hubbard and the Religious Technology Center, Los Angeles, California, May 10th & 16th, 1982
  13. ^ "Religious Technology Center - Analysis of Financial Flows 1989", Exhibit I-9 for Application for Tax-Exempt Status 501(c)(3), Bate Stamp: CSI Prod 11-4-93 151414
  14. ^ "How to obtain permission to reprint The Way to Happiness booklets" (PDF). The Way to Happiness Foundation International. Retrieved 2006-12-02. 
  15. ^ Henderson, Bob (1991-07-25). "Vault to get Hubbard's writings". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
  16. ^ - 'A Place in the Desert for New Mexico's Most Exclusive Circles', Richard Leiby, Washington Post, p D01 (November 27, 2005)
  17. ^ Cooper, Anderson (2005-12-02). "Inside the Church of Scientology" (Transcript). Anderson Cooper 360°. CNN. Retrieved 2007-09-23. 
  18. ^ New Year 2000 event speech excerpt, by D.Miscavige
  19. ^ Faculty | UW School of Law[dead link]
  20. ^ CST vs. IRS - United States Claims Court, June 29 1992

External links

  • Definition of Church of Spiritual Technology (CST)
  • - 'Church of Spiritual Technology, a "Church" approved by the Department of the Treasury, Owns and Controls all Scientology' (critical website)
  • - Church of Spiritual Technology, an organization approved by Hubbard (website with documents)
  • CST vs. IRS 1992 "The Articles of Incorporation require that CST have three such Special Directors, and further requires that they be lawyers in order to ensure that CST takes no action to jeopardize its tax-exempt status. The General Directors and staff of CST are, however, closely linked to other Scientology organizations. The General Directors (the governing body) must be in good standing with the mother church. Staff members are required to be members of the Sea Org. Trustees of the organization are required to have been Scientologists for at least eight years, and must be highly trained in the teachings and technology of Scientology. CST trustees are also required to remain actively involved in giving and receiving Scientology services. They must also participate in at least twelve and one half hours of training per week."

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