WHAT IS FREEMASONRY ?
Freemasonry means different things to each of those who join. For some, it’s about making new friends and acquaintances. For others it’s about being able to help deserving causes making a contribution to family and society. But for most, it is an enjoyable hobby.
Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. It teaches self-knowledge through participation in a progression of ceremonies. Members are expected to be of high moral standing and are encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry.
Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught its principles (moral lessons and self-knowledge) by a series of ritual dramas – a progression of allegorical two-part plays which are learnt by heart and performed within each Lodge which follow ancient forms, and use stonemasons’ customs and tools as allegorical guides.
Freemasonry instils in its members a moral and ethical approach to life: its values are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount, but importantly, Freemasonry also teaches concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need of Charity.
From its earliest days, Freemasons have donated large sums of money to national and local charities. It is second largest contributor to charity in this country, with only the National Lottery contributing more. Charity is not restricted to Masons or their dependents, but is given freely to all.
Freemasonry is the oldest and largest Fraternity in the world. It has included Kings, Presidents, Prime Ministers, Statesmen, the Clergy, Scientists, Explorers, Actors, Writers, Musical Entertainers, Members of the Armed Forces, Corporate CEO's, Businessmen, Sportsmen and, probably, your next door neighbour.
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