Valley of Lake Worth
Valley of Lake Worth, Florida, Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, (SJ) USA
College of the Consistory
The Lake Worth Scottish Rite has started a new leadership initiative that will result in the NEW SCOTTISH RITE. Everything will be looked at and everything will be improved. The Scottish Rite exists for YOU – the member. It is the institution for higher learning in Freemasonry and it is here for YOU.
Part of the new leadership initiative is an educational program. This program is meant to be both enlightening and FUN. It originates from and is a part of the Valley of Guthrie, Oklahoma. The Brothers in Guthrie have promised to aid and assist us in every way possible in getting this program off the ground here in Lake Worth.
I am Jim Hogg and I was the original person who instigated and proposed this project to the valley leadership in Lake Worth. Now, we have a local branch of the College of the Consistory in Lake Worth. I live in Fort Myers and am a Perpetual Member of both the Valley of Tampa, Florida and Guthrie, Oklahoma. My contact information appears toward the bottom of this page and I am at your service.
What follows below, in italics, is the description of the program in the words of the Guthrie Scottish Rite:
The College of the Consistory exists because you asked for it.
At Leadership Conferences held across the Southern Jurisdiction, Scottish Rite members were asked what they wanted from the Rite. The single most common answer was "more Masonic education."
That's only reasonable. Whether a Brother takes the Degrees in a single day, or in a multi-day Reunion, there is much more than can be learned and remembered at once. We need time to reflect and think, time to see relationships in information, time to let the intellectual dust settle a little. We're here to help.
The College of the Consistory is a free self-study program for Scottish Rite Masons of all Orients. The curriculum is facilitated by the Guthrie College and made available to all enrolled members. The College distributes to its members a syllabus of each degree of the Rite, which will provide ideas for essays and research papers. Each member can choose a topic from the syllabus, or is free to select a subject not included in the syllabus, provided that it represents a theme or topic concerning that degree.
We look forward to participating in your personal journey toward enlightenment, and the assistance you will give in aiding the path of your brothers. May we all benefit from the knowledge and insight found in the lessons and symbols of the Scottish Rite.
Please note that the application requires the free adobe acrobat reader.
Any Valley can organize a campus of the College of the Consistory, provided it has 5-6 enrolled members to lead its group. Meetings of the College of the Consistory are called Festive Boards. Papers chosen the by Board of Adepts, or the leadership of any Valley campus, will be presented. Fine dining, festive toasts, and fraternal songs will accent the evening's blend of education and fraternalism. All College members and invited guests are welcome.
Participation in this program costs you NO MONEY. The book we use, which many of you already possess, is A Bridge to Light by Rex Hutchens.
The festive boards, fine dining, fraternal songs, and the other activities of the local College of the Consistory will eventually be developed with YOU in mind and will take the form of whatever makes everyone feel comfortable. We are going to create this with the idea that we will enjoy one another’s company, learn more about the teachings of the degrees of the Rite, and most of all, HAVE FUN in the process.
I promise all of you I will do my level best to help your valley leadership make this a wonderful experience for everyone participating in this initiative. I expect that I will be learning new things about the Rite myself as a result of taking on this project.
Anyone wishing to sign up for this, may do so now. You need to contact Mike Cribbet in the Scottish Rite office at (561) 582-6794 and let him know that you are interested in being added to whatever special roster he is maintaining. Next, you need to register with the Guthrie Scottish Rite.
The application to join the College of the Consistory (printable version, which you "snail" mail in to them in Guthrie) is available by clicking on this link: http://guthriescottishrite.org/college.pdf
The application you can complete on line without printing out an application form is available by clicking on this link: http://guthriescottishrite.org/conapplication.html
The main website for the Guthrie Scottish Rite is available by clicking on this link: Guthrie Scottish Rite Website. Click here for Guthrie.
You also will need to register with the College of the Consistory Google Study Group that is unique to this valley. This is easy! It is located at: http://groups.google.com/group/college-of-the-consistory-lake-worth-florida
Note: The January, 2008 issue of "The Scottish Rite Journal" has an article about the College of the Consistory program. You can access this article with the following link: http://www.scottishrite.org/ee.php?/journal/articles/college_of_the_consistory/
* By learning you will teach, by teaching you will learn.
Contact information for me is:
James W. Hogg, 32°
P. O. Box 60112
Fort Myers, Florida 33906-6112
Home 239-482-3127, Second line 239-247-5011, Fax 508-462-5585
To visit Jim Hogg's Freemasonry & Law webpage, click here. You will find the link to a special page I set up with photos of the Guthrie, Oklahoma Scottish Rite Masonic Center. You will also find a link to my special photo page dedicated to the Lake Worth Scottish Rite.