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Education Officer Joe West shared “Communicating Masonry or Some Things I Never Heard in Lodge, But Wish I Had” by MWB Conrad Hahn, PGM-CT, from the September 2018 Short Talk Bulletin. It described how the ”television generation” is used to sitting back passively and letting the TV ”stir the blood, but never the intellect.” The ”rat race” of today and increase urbanization and mobility mean the modern Mason is no longer tied to a single community or Lodge. Masonic charity is less personal, but instead organized through a Grand Lodge.
Involvement with distressed Brothers and Masonic widows may be more impersonal with just a contribution to a Masonic charity with the dues check. He concluded with his view that Masonry is “fundamentally an educational institution” and “has to appeal to the intellect, not to the blood, where passions that a civilized man must learn to subdue.”

 

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Freemasonry is available to men of good character who believe in a Supreme Being. We are closed to avowed atheists and agnostics. There are no restrictions relating to race, creed, or religion.

To begin, contact a Mason by telephone, by e-mail, or in person. He will be happy to answer your questions, or refer you to someone who can.

If you decide that Masonry is right for you, the next step is to request a Petition for Degrees of Masonry, which will ask for some basic information, such as your name, age, occupation, and place of residence.

Your sponsor will present your petition to the Lodge, which will consider your request. When your petition is accepted, you will face a three-step initiation. Each step opens doors to new knowledge and deeper understanding.

These initiation rites are solemn and wholesome, intended to convey basic moral truths and principles of morality that are accepted by good men everywhere: the Golden Rule, tolerance, gratitude to the Almighty for His many blessings, love of and respect for one’s family, charity towards all men, and patriotism. Upon taking part in the the first step, called the Entered Apprentice degree, you will advance to the second degree, known as the Fellowcraft, and, ultimately, raised to the Master Mason degree.