I know a lot of you have questions about Freemasonry and it seems like there are quite a few masons here that can answer your questions.
I'd like to invite those who are interested to submit questions and I will be happy to try and answer them. There are a lot of brothers here that
can correct me.
It would be helpful if you can limit your questions (in this thread anyway) to Blue Lodge Masonry, in other words the first three degrees. The higher
degrees are done in York Rite, Scottish Rite and Shriners and I don't know anything about them.
We obviously won't be able to give you any of the 'secret' passwords (dramatic music here) but I am happy to tell you whatever I can.
Hopefully it can be helpful and I welcome anti-masons to present opposing viewpoints but please keep it civil. (I swear I will pull this thread
And now for the basics...
Requirements for Joining Masonry (US)
Supreme Being Belief Requirement
Being a man, freeborn, of good repute and well-recommended;
A belief in a Supreme Being;
Ability to support one's self and family;
Of lawful age; and
Come to Freemasonry of their "own free will and accord".
Everything that is taught in Freemasonry relates to a singular, benevolent God. For an atheist or believer of many gods the lessons of masonry would
not make sense because they assume you believe in one God.
You don't have to tell anyone 'what' God you believe in, and no one will ever ask you. In most US lodges we use the Holy Bible for initiation,
but a Koran or other book can be used if preferred by the candidate.
Religion and Politics
It is absolutely forbidden to discuss religion or politics in the lodge. A long time ago masons realized these were the two major topics that disrupt
and divide people.
We do have opening and closing prayers in lodge that are addressed to the "Supreme Architect of the Universe", but that's about as close as it gets
Anyone who joins masonry expecting personal gain or benefit will be disappointed. It's all about giving and not expecting anything in return.
So, what's the point?
Masonry exists to teach men about their duty to God, their neighbor and themselves. As you advance through the degrees you will learn about brotherly
love, truth and relief.
If a brother is in trouble (IE losing a job, etc.) masons are expected to help him to the best of their ability, except that it would place them or
their family in harm's way. Examples include money, clothes, groceries, transportation, etc.
If you are a mason and break the law you are on your own. Freemasonry promotes lawfulness, citizenship and patriotism. Wrongdoing is not
What happens at meetings?
There are two kinds of meetings. We have business meetings a couple times per month that are mundane and boring. The other meetings are 'degree
ceremonies'. They are moving and beautiful, and a lot of fun!
Anyway, that's a start. Fire away!