Saturday, September 24, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
"Observing the Craft"
Thursday October 27, 2011
7 PM - 9:30 PM
Middletown Masonic Temple
9 Courtland Street
You are invited to an exciting Thursday Night Masonic Lecture: open to all EA, FC and Master Masons. Observing the Craft is a manifesto of sorts for the observant Mason, who seeks quality over quantity in every aspect of Masonry. It is a stringent argument for the Symbolic (Blue) Lodge as the ne plus ultra of the Craft, asking that Masons put actions behind their statements that 'nothing is higher than the third degree.'
It is a book that calls for nothing but the utmost personal effort and commitment to be put into the operation of a Masonic Lodge, and the experience of a Masonic meeting, in search of the transformational experience which Masons define as 'making good men better'.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
I've just received my American Lodge of Research hardback copy of Transactions in the mail today- great stuff!
For those of you that don't know, the Transactions is a collection of scholarly papers that members of the Lodge have written. As for the Lodge itself, it "is the oldest Masonic research Lodge in the United States. It was organized in 1931, and has been continuously active and productive since. Although its activities were originally directed towards the study of Masonic history in the United States, the Lodge now encourages work in wider and more general topics of Masonic study." At the website, you can download the FAQ sheet and get "the skinny" on the Lodge.
I had the fortunate experience to join as a Corresponding Member, but it is my sincere desire to join as an Active Member- "Active Membership is limited to Master Masons who have previously published or read a paper before the Lodge or before some other recognized Masonic Lodge of research, or have exhibited some other academic qualification that commends him to the Lodge."
I have a few ideas that I'd like to explore and present, and the ALR presents a GREAT venue to do such...Flipping through the pages, there's a pretty interesting paper that contains information about the Egyptian Rites...Hmmm, I think I have some reading to do!
Now, if I can just get my gauge to read 25...
Thursday, September 1, 2011
While taking fellowship with the Brethren of Allied Lodge No. 1170 yesterday, during a social for a man interested in joining their Lodge, I had an enlightening conversation with Bro. Bill Thomas. We discussed everything from the Baltimore Conference to Lodge Officers, and then some. And as is usual, when having a conversation with one of the Brethren that's been around a while, Bro. Bill removes another veil, thus bringing Freemasonry to greater transparency and exposing me to further Light in the Craft.
"Have you ever heard of the Masonic Book Club?"
Bethren, this was news to me, as I had never heard of such a thing. For $20, you get yearly membership and a reprinting of some Masonic classic, typically written before 1920. As many of you know, such books are timely, and unfortunately immediately relevant to the same issues that we experience today in 21st Century Masonry. Beyond that, it's a great way for a Mason to build up his library of rare classics not so easily found.
I went and joined today at this link- the Masonic Book Club. The site is simple and easy to use, particularly if you have a PayPal account.
There's so much to know and learn within this honorable profession, and this seems like a great departure point from which to begin Travel.