What is Freemasonry and How Do I Join?
What Is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is a post-collegiate male fraternity dedicated to the spiritual development of the initiate into a broader sense of the self, how he relates to the Divine, and his contributory role in the world. It conveys this message through a series of progressive degrees initiating the candidate into a deeper level of understanding and membership. Ultimately, the raised Master Mason is given the allegorical tools to further work on an develop their Masonic intuition.
The largest and oldest secular fraternal order in the world, Freemasonry crosses all religious boundaries to bring together men of all countries, sects, and opinion in peace and harmony to work towards the betterment of all mankind. A universal brotherhood, Freemasonry is dedicated to serving the divine through service to family, country, and humankind.
Freemasonry is a philosophical organization emphasizing the study of moral symbols to build character in its participants. This education is, in part, the foundation of a more profound understanding of mankind and his existence in society. Living today in a “throw away society”, Freemasonry teaches about the value of history, freedom, and caritas (ultimate perfection of the human spirit) towards all mankind.
The real nature of Freemasonry is a spiritual force behind each member, improving themselves morally by associating with other like minded men. Also, Freemasonry acts as a social organization, promoting the interaction between like minded men within the lodge to build friendly bonds between them. By fostering this brotherhood, relationships are made such that even meeting outside of the comforts of the lodge the bonds remain and genuine affection prevails. Wherever traveling, masons meet and greet other masons as brothers as a result of these bonds.
Interested in becoming a Freemason?
Every applicant must advocate his belief in the existence of a Supreme Being.
The mission of Freemasonry is to promote a way of life that binds like minded men into a worldwide Brotherhood that transcends all religious, ethnic, cultural, social and educational differences; by teaching the great principles of Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth: and, by the outward expression of these, through its fellowship, its compassion and its concern, to find ways in which each may serve his God, his family, his country, his neighbors and himself.”
This list is true for “most” states” and as such there may be some variations.
Keep in mind, Masons do not solicit for members, the decision to become a Mason is your own.
What you should know...
If you are seeking Membership YOU MUST ASK a Mason or a Masonic Lodge for an application.
You must be a man at least 21 (18 in some jurisdictions) years of age.
You must be of good moral character.
You must have a personal belief in a Supreme Being (the definition of a Supreme Being is up to you)
You must be a Resident of your state for 12 months (in most cases).
You must decide to become a Mason of “your own free will and accord”
You will need to express your personal interest in joining the Fraternity.
You must be loyal to your country.
You must be dedicated to providing for your family
You must have a sincere determination to conduct yourself in a manner that will earn the respect and trust of others and possess a desire to help others through community service and universal benevolence.
You must be willing to sign a Petition, stating your age, occupation and place of residence.
There are NO religious, political or racial restrictions for membership other than the aforementioned belief in a Supreme Being, as any discussion of religion or politics is strictly forbidden in a Masonic Lodge.
Admission is decided by ballot. To be accepted, the ballot must be unanimous.
To petition the lodge, the first step is to reach out to the members, contact us directly or contact the lodge secretary who would be happy to speak to you about upcoming activities and/or open houses.
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