Q’s and A’s

Frequently Asked Questions on Freemasonry

Q: What is Freemasonry?

A: Freemasonry is the world’s oldest and largest fraternal and charitible organization. It teaches moral lessons and encourages self improvement and charitable acts. A motto often used by masons is “Making Good Men Better”

Q: Are you a secret society?

A: Most secret societies don’t have websites, advertise in the phone book or put up signs on their buildings. Masonry is a private, fraternal organization and lodge meetings are only open to members. There are some secrets within the fraternity, but these are related to ceremony and recognizing other members.

Q: What happens at a lodge meeting?

A: There are two types of lodge meetings.

The first type is the business meeting. As with most organizations there is a certain amount of administrative work such as– minutes of last meeting, proposing and balloting of new members, voting on financial matters, electing officers, news and correspondence, etc.

The second type is the degree meeting. The three ceremonies for admitting a new Mason are done in two parts. A dramatic instruction in the principles and lessons taught by masonry, followed by a lecture in which the new member’s responsibilities are explained.

Q: Is Freemasonry a religion?

A: Absolutely Not! Freemasonry requires a belief in God or a supreme being and many of its morals are similar to the world’s great religions. New members are ecouraged to practice their own religion and to view their religion’s holy book as the absolute truth. Freemasonry is not a religion, does not try to be or replace religion, and offers no sacraments. Freemasonry works to improve relations between men, religion is about mens relationship with God.

Q: Is Freemasonry just a club for politics and political networking?

A: It couldn’t be farther from it. Discussion of politics is prohibited within the Lodge. It would be pretty hard to advance political motives when you’re not allowed to discuss them.

Q: Why aren’t women allowed to become Freemasons?

A: Freemasonry is a fraternity, and by definition is only open to men. Freemasons love the women in their lives and one of the principals of Freemasonry encourages members to be good family men. If a woman has an interest in being involved in Freemasonry, there is a related group in Masonry called the Order of the Eastern Star which is the women’s masonic organization in the United States.

For an exhaustive FAQ on masonry, please check the Freemasonry FAQs page (outside website).

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