What's it all about?
Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. Its roots lie in the traditions and ceremonies of the medieval stonemasons who built our cathedrals and castles. Some rituals are still celebrated today.
Freemasonry has always been about making good men better. Individuals aim to shape their lives round five core principles.
Integrity: We say what we mean and we keep our promises.
Kindness: Although our families come first, we believe in playing a key role in our communities and give time and money to charitable ventures.
Honesty: We pride ourselves on openness, about what being a Freemason means for us.
Fairness: We treat everyone as equal – we listen to others, explore any differences and look for common ground.
Tolerance: We respect the opinions of others and behave with understanding towards them.
UNITED GRAND LODGE OF ENGLAND LAUNCHES STRAIGHT TALKING GUIDE TO FREEMASONRY AS RESEARCH REVEALS THAT NEARLY HALF OF BRITISH MEN WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT IT
The United Grand Lodge of England has confronted one of the most frequently asked questions – what’s it all about? – with the launch of a straight talking guide to its unique organisation.
The move comes on the back of the publication of the first ever independent study into Freemasonry which showed that nearly half (49%) of those questioned wanted to know more about Freemasonry, and over a quarter (26%) of male respondents would consider joining.
'Freemasonry – What’s it all about?' is a succinct summary of what Freemasonry actually is, clarifying its role and relevance in society today, and dispelling head on many of the commonly held myths. It highlights the importance that Freemasonry places on charitable giving, the part that many Freemasons play in their local communities, and the central role of the family.
It also explains its moral and ethical approach to life – including thoughtfulness for others, kindness in the community, honesty in business, courtesy in society and fairness in all things. Freemasons are the largest charitable givers after the National Lottery, and also make major contributions to international disaster relief funds. Citing the many aspects of membership such as friendship, personal growth and development, the guide includes examples of people that experience Freemasonry first hand.
United Grand Lodge of England says:
“Our research has shown that there is a real appetite to know more about Freemasonry and this guide is another important step in building recognition of our role and relevance, openness and transparency as we approach our tercentenary in 2017.
Interestingly, the research showed 40% of male respondents who would not consider joining stated their sole reason for this as being ‘it is not for people like me’; it is misconceptions such as these that we are eagerly trying to counter. In reality, Freemasonry is open to all men regardless of race, colour, religion, or social or economic standing.”
The new guide is available to download (just click it above) and is also available in printed copy from Freemasons’ Hall in Covent Garden.