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Questions:  

Who may be Freemason?
Men who satisfy the qualifications listed below.

What is Freemasonry?

A fellowship or fraternity of such men devoted to freemasonry ideals.

What are the ideals and teachings of Freemasonry?

All such truths, ideals, and realities that describe, interpret, uphold, satisfy and foster freemasonry morals and what we stand for (see opposite page).

What is the purpose of Freemasonry?

To find such men (or, have them find us), to assist in the development and growth of such men, and bring them together into a fraternity meant proliferate freemasonry ideals in a broader society and to help others in our society where and when we are able to accomplish it.

Qualifications to join:
  • You must have a belief in a Supreme Being (or God).
  • You must be a man 18 years old or older.
  • You must be in "good" physical and mental health.
  • You must be of good moral character (honesty, honor, and integrity).
  • You must be a free man (carried forward from ancient times).
  • You must want to grow (mentally and spiritually), to improve yourself, and be of service to others.
  • You must ask to join and apply\petition for membership. (We do not solicit for membership. You must come to us of your own free will.)

Our Role in Society:

  • Building our community based on shared Masonic values

  • Creating a positive environment for everyone's personal growth

  • Encouraging education, idea sharing, and open discussion

  • Welcoming diversity across religious denominations, ethnicity and age

  • Growing our member's Leadership ability

  • Establishing the relevance of Masonic values in contemporary life

  • Advocating concern for the well being of other Masons and their families, as well as, the community as a whole

  • Helping society, as a whole, through charitable giving

  • Encouraging the proliferation of Masonic values in a broader society to improve the brotherhood of mankind

    Overall:
  • Masonry is a serious men’s organization, dedicated to self-improvement coupled with community involvement.
  • Masonry is provider of camaraderie, trust in each other, instant fellowship, and brotherhood.
  • Masonry brings together a divergent group of people who emphasize individual excellence.
  • Masonry is a provider of an atmosphere of inclusiveness.
  • Masonry is an organization that helps make good men better.




DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES
     Freemasonry is a charitable, benevolent, educational and religious society.  Its principles are proclaimed as widely as men will hear.  Its only secrets are in its methods of recognition and of symbolic instruction.  It is charitable in that it is not organized for profit and none of its income inures to the benefit of any individual, but all is devoted to the promotion of the welfare and happiness of mankind.  It is benevolent in that it teaches and exemplifies altruism as a duty.  It is educational in that it teaches by prescribed ceremonials a system of morality and brotherhood based upon the Sacred Law.  It is religious in that it teaches monotheism, the Volume of the Sacred Law is open upon its altars whenever a Lodge is in session, reverence for God is ever present in its ceremonial, and to its brethren are constantly addressed lessons of morality; yet it is not sectarian or theological.  It is a social organization only so far as it furnishes additional inducement that man may forgather in numbers, thereby providing more material for its primary work of education, of worship, and of charity.  Through the improvement and strengthening of the character of the individual man, Freemasonry seeks to improve the community.  Thus it impresses upon its members the principles of personal righteousness and human welfare, and inspires them with that feeling of charity, or good will, towards all mankind which will move them to translate principle and conviction into action.  To that end, it teaches and stands for the worship of God; truth and justice; fraternity and philanthropy; and enlightenment and orderly liberty, civil, religious and intellectual.  It charges each of its members to be true and loyal to the government of the country to which he owes allegiance and to be obedient to the law of any state in which he may be.  It believes that the attainment of these objections is best accomplished by laying a broad basis of principle upon which men of every race, country, sect and opinion may unite rather than by setting up a restricted platform upon which only those of certain races, creeds, and opinions can assemble.  Believing these things, this Grand Lodge affirms its continued adherence to that ancient and approved rule of Freemasonry which forbids the discussion in Masonic meetings of creeds, politics or other topics likely to excite personal animosities.

     It further affirms it conviction that it is not only contrary to the fundamental principles of Freemasonry, but dangerous to its unity, strength, usefulness and welfare, for Masonic Bodies to take action or attempt to exercise pressure or influence for or against any legislation,, or in any way to attempt to procure the election or appointment of governmental officials, or to influence them, whether or not members of the Fraternity, in the performance of their official duties.  The true Freemason will act in civil life according to his individual judgment and dictates of his conscience.

      Masonry abhors communism as being repugnant to its conception of the dignity of the individual personality, destructive of the basic rights which are the Divine Heritage of all men and inimical to the fundamental Masonic tenet of faith in God.

(Adopted at the 1939 Grand Masters’ Conference, Washington, D. C. the last paragraph, however, was added at the 1948 Grand Masters’ Conference.)
Our Moral Philosopy and what we stand for:
 
We believe 

- in God.

- in the Brotherhood of Man.

- in service to those who are less fortunate.

- in helping young people get a head start in life.

- in Freedom.

Because of the way in which Masonry teaches - introducing the member to symbols and allegory and then asking him to reflect upon them and discover the lessons for himself - it is impossible to list all of the things a man can learn in the fraternity. Masonry is a process of self-discovery and self-awareness.  But there are certain great lessons that, as almost all Masons would agree, form the basis of Masonic philosophy.

- that Human Beings are creatures of God.  

Because God is our common Father, all men are brothers.  The fact of that common heritage is more important than race, denomination, wealth, position, education, social status, or anything else.

- that Faith is essential to us if we are to be truly free.  

Only the knowledge of the Deity in our lives can give freedom and provide us with a foundation for our morals.

- that Each person is entitled to dignity. 

And no one, for any reason or under any pretext, has the right to compromise the dignity of another.

- that each man and woman is entitled to complete freedom of thought, belief, political expression, and speech.  

No person, government, or earthly spiritual authority has the right to dictate the thought or belief of another individual. No tyranny that abridges these freedoms, no matter how benign, is ever acceptable.

- that it is the duty of every person to make the world better for others in every way he can.

- that it is the duty of each Mason to develop himself, through study, thought, reflection, conversation, and by every means he can find.  

We are committed to intellectual, spiritual and emotional growth, and to growth as ethical, caring and compassionate men.

- that there are two natures in Man. 

— an animal nature that is the result of our physical selves and 

— a spiritual nature that is a gift from God. 
The two are usually in conflict within us. It is our duty to see that the spiritual nature wins.

- that each person has the responsibility to obey the law, and to seek to change it only through legal means.  

Only in this way can society survive.

- that a Mason must know how to keep absolutely confidential the things others tell him in confidence.  

Under no circumstances should a Mason ever spread gossip or slander. We cannot be true friends and Brothers if we cannot hold secret the things told to us which would cause pain to others if they were revealed.

-that Charity is an obligation on all Masons. 

Charity is not just limited to giving money (many are not in a position to be able to give money). Charity can also be giving your time, having involved compassion, really caring about what happens to others, putting ourselves in their place and sharing in their sorrow or hurt.

- that there is no such thing as a “small” or “unimportant” act.  

Every action we take affects both others and ourselves. We never have the luxury of acting without thinking. 

- that above all things, Masonry teaches toleration. 

We have seen the results too often in history of intolerance. The most deadly words known are “I know I am right and you are wrong, and I have the right to force you to agree with me.”  Those words were spoken as men burned women and children at the stake because they disagreed on some point of theology, as Hitler sent millions of human beings to the gas chambers, as foolish, defenseless old women were hanged as witches, and as Stalin wiped out his political opposition.  Masonry teaches that each person, each idea must be respected.  No one has the right to be intolerant.  Respect for others is a key lesson in our fraternity.

There are many other lessons in Masonry: lessons about the nature of the world; about the relationship between people, between people and God; and about responsibility.
 
- that Masonry is the study of the lessons of life.

- In a short summation:

We believe in the principles of Faith, Hope, and Charity. That these are on the rungs of the ladder to spiritual growth. We believe in developing the virtues of Honor, Integrity, and Truth. And, that real Truth is the great Masonic quest. We believe that Ignorance, Intolerance, and Bigotry are the great enemies of the human race.