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MASONIC Digest Friday, 16 October 1992 Volume 4 : Issue 17 Today's Topics: Administrivia. (Peter Trei) Order of the Arrow ( Compuserve/Unseen Journey video/Why Join? Pessimism (Peter da Silva) Lodges spotted on trip. (Ed Greenberg) Baptists attack (on Genie) (Bob Willoughby) Pessimism (Justin du Coeur MKA Mark Waks) Pessimism (Peter Trei) Knights Templar (James Backus via Paul Raulerson) Scottish Rite and the first amendment (Brian Naylor) Some local matters (Peter Trei) Send all submissions and requests to MASONIC digest is moderated. Please remember: THIS IS A PUBLIC FORUM: YOU MUST ASSUME THAT MANY READERS ARE NON-MASONS. Please include a relevant subject line. If you require anonymity, say so at the top of your message (and give a nom-de-net). All contributions remain the property (copyright 1992), and responsibility of the authors. My own comments remain mine (Copyright 1992 Peter Trei), and represent only my views at the time of posting - not neccesarily those of my employer, or of any Grand Lodge. Back issues are available, as are a few standard pamphlets, either directly from me or via anonymous ftp to site ============================================================================== From: Peter Trei Subject: Administrivia. This is a lot less organized than I would like it to be. I've got some other material, but I wanted to get this issue out before the weekend. Unposted articles will come out soon. I've included a few local matters of interest to Masons and non-Masons at the bottom of the list. I'm curious - do other people have similar things for which they'd like to see brief notes on the list? ============================================================================== Date: Wed, 30 Sep 1992 14:30:31 -0500 (CDT) From: CSTECH@ACUVAX.ACU.EDU (DR. ENTROPY) Subject: OA, questions about Masonry [ PT: The Order of the Arrow is a fraternal group within the Boy ] [ Scouts of America. ] I was inducted into the Order of the Arrow several years ago. The general theme was that OA is based on American Indian practices. It struck me at the time, however (I guess my thoughts ran deep for a 14 year old;') that the language and "metamessage" seemed very European. Have you received confirmation on a link between OA and Masonic ritualism? If so, it would certainly bring me closer to joining a lodge. [ PT: Does anyone have the straight dope on the origin of the OA? ] PS- yes, please emphasize more of the positive aspects inherit in Masonry. So far it sounds interesting philosophically, but not at all beneficial. From what I've gathered on this list I can garner the same benefits by staying active in my church and reading my librarie's holdings, without risk of the so often mentioned stigma associated with Masonry. ============================================================================== Date: Wed, 7 Oct 1992 11:51:43 PDT From: Subject: Compuserve Peter, Couple points from the last digest. Sorry they are long, my fingers get typing and look what happens..... CompuServe Information In reagrds to your comment about CompuServe to Stuart Lewis. Here is some info. CompuServe can be contacted with the following number: (800) 848-8199, ask for number 378. They will mail you a free info kit with a temp. CompuServe logon, 1 month free basic service ($7.95) and $15.00 credit usage. The Philalethes Society (International Masonic Research Society) has a chapter on the service called "The Cornerstone Computer Club". There is a lot of interesting masonic discussion that takes place. To enter the Forum type Go Masonry any !prompt. The Forum is an extended service and has $12.80 hour fee. However, with a telecommunications capture log, all messages can be retrieved in a few minutes and read off line. Any Messages to be posted can be created offline in Ascii format and uploaded to the service (reducing online connect time). I am a member of the service and find it a valuable part of my Masonic Education/Involvement. Like the digest, it allows masons and non-masons from all over the World discuss masonic related topics. I have also heard the Prodigy has Masonic Discussions, however I am not familar with this service...any comments? ------- Unseen Journey I have recently seen "The Unseen Journey" multiple times and found it very interesting and well done. As Alan Spies mentioned John Robinson, the Author of Born in Blood, was featured in the video. The other speaker is the late Jerry Marsengill, former editor of "The Philalethes", the journal of the Philalethes Society. Jerry recently died (last fall I believe). Part of the video overviewed the different "histories" of Masonry. Robinson presented his Templar connection and Marsingell presented other theories which included the operative stone mason guild connection. When I saw the video I was lucky enough to have the producers there to discuss it. (Brother Toth and Brother Parsons of IL. produced the video) They mentioned that there was some reluctance by Grand Lodge's and Masons to accept the video. I suggest to anyone who watches the video that you keep an open mind. Some points in the video I do not agree with but overall I think this will be a valuable tool to educate and I have enjoyed watching it. I showed the video to my wife and a friend who is thinking about joining the Masons. (Our local Masonic Library has a copy). After watching the video we had a good discussion and I even pointed out the areas I disagreed with and explained why. They also shared some comments. The video covers a lot of material in 60 minutes and is a good audio/visual introduction to someone who would like to learn more about Masonry. Any comments from other brother's who have seen it? -------- Why Join Masonry? In response to the comment made by the Anonymous Writer "I will close by stating that until such time as a majority of Masons profess their creed by virtue of their actions as well as their words, I will remain a non-Mason" I am 25 years old and recently married (April 25th 92). I have been a Master Mason since December 1990 (Webster NY). In that time I have questioned many things about Masonry and became upset with some of the practices of the organization. I have to thank two brothers (and friends) for keeping me in the craft, One a Grand Lodge of NY Mason and another a Black Lodge (Non Prince Hall) Mason. After some long discussions, I realized that my reasons for being upset had nothing to do with Masonry, it was with the practices of certain members who belong to the organization. Since that time, Masonry has helped me become a better person. I have found a deeper respect and love for the bible and the Christian faith (yes, I am an Espiscopal Christian who is a Mason). I have gained skills that help me inside and outside of work. I have helped raise money for different charities and am now helping with a masonic living blood bank/blood drives with the American Red Cross. I am an indiviualist by nature. Masonry has not brain washed me. It is not a cult with a charasmatic leader. It has some simple symbolic tools that are taught in the ritual of the three degrees. During the degree I was an actor in a real live drama and learned some lessons that will allow me to live a more productive life. Masonry is not just an organization, it can be a way of life! When in College I had the opportunity to be elected to a Student Government office. When deciding if to run, I didn't know if I would want to become part of an organization I sometimes opposed. (I was a highly involved student activist sometimes at odds with both the Student Government and the College Administration). Would joining it make me one of them or quiet my voice? A friend offered me the advice that sometimes the only way to improve an oragnization is from the inside, by becoming part of it. And that is what I tried to do when I was elected to the office. The same goes with Masonry. I believe that the Masonic Organization is worth my efforts to help and try to improve. I have applied that same advice to Masonry and I am now working slowing to improve the organization from within. I encourage you not to wait but join now and receive the benefits of being a Mason (you will understand if you join). Someday Masonry will practice what is teaches (maybe not in my lifetime) but that will never happen without effort and persistance from members who realize and act on the need improvements. I have always been one to fight for what I believe in and I encourage all of you reading this to do the same. ~ Bill Edwards ============================================================================== Subject: Pessimism Date: Tue, 29 Sep 92 22:29:15 CDT > [ I'd also like to point out that a good portion of the audience are ] > [ potential Masons. It's all very well to discuss the problems of ] > [ Freemasonry. But to do so without mentioning it's positive aspects ] > [ (those which make us care enough to complain and seek to fix it ] > [ instead of just walking away), gives non-Masons as incorrect and ] > [ biased a picture as would the most starry-eyed pollyannaisms. ] As one of the non-masons, I would take it much amiss if you were to edit out the views of the pessimists among you. Certainly I would find it less than appealing to enter a group that find it necessary to stifle the activists in their midst. Oh, and I'm sure Masons need hugs too... -- Peter da Silva, Houston, TX [ PT: I'm not asking for a whitewash, but rather a balance - Certainly ] [ Masonry has some, but we should not ignore or fail to mention the ] [ goodness we find in it. ] ============================================================================== Date: 30 Sep 92 00:30:53 EDT From: Ed Greenberg <76703.1070@CompuServe.COM> Subject: Lodges spotted on trip. Peter, Please make the following changes to your mailing list: Please delete: Please add: As you may remember, I departed for a five week motorcycle trip in early august and had you redirect my subscription to your digest in the opposite direction at that time. I'm home (safe) now, and would rather receive it on Unix. It was interesting, as I travelled through city and small town, to note the number and size of places where I found Masonic lodges. Virtually every small town had one, usually advertised on the "lodge board" at the entrance of the town. The buildings ran the gamut from humble to grand. Bigger cities may be assumed to have more than one lodge, but they are statistically harder to stumble across. Not being a Mason myself, I wasn't really looking hard enough to go exploring a strange city for lodges to which I didn't belong :-) I have been musing on what attracts me to read your digest, and I think I've come up with it. It's the most religiously oriented organization that I've ever encountered that doesn't exclude Jews, either by design, or more usually by character. Most things that are "non-denominational" can be assumed to be exclusive of _my_denomination_. Best, -edg Ed Greenberg San Jose, California ============================================================================== Date: 30 Sep 92 08:33:48 EDT From: "" <71155.174@CompuServe.COM> Subject: Baptists attack Peter, Thanks for including me in your mailing list. As I said when I asked to added, I'm not a Mason. My interest is a bit hard to explain. I started participating on a freemason topic on Genie about 2 months ago. At the time I was suspicious and accusatory of Masonry. I have done research since then, and have grown respectful of the organization. I noticed a message in this weeks digest about the Baptists situation. We have had evidence of this on the Genie topic, from one R.LEE, who the Mason's on the topic seem to think is somehow tied to this Baptist faction. I thought it timely, seeing the message in this weeks digest, at the same time this R.Lee has surfaced. I've captured all of R.Lee's messages, and am including them with this message. If it's not something your interested in, deleting files is easy enough. I thought you might be interested in seeing some of his methods. Thanks, Bob Willoughby [ PT: 500+ lines of GENIE postings deleted - contains typical ] [ Mason/Antimason debate (I'll mail them to anyone who's interested). ] [ Now all the major online services - Genie, CIS, and Prodigy seem to ] [ have Masonic sections. Does The Source still exist? ] ============================================================================== Date: Wed, 30 Sep 92 16:34:47 EDT From: (Justin du Coeur MKA Mark Waks) Subject: Pessimism Peter -- Some comments on the new Digests. First of all, a meta-comment: it's good to see the Digest doing so well. Looks like you've finally hit critical mass... Anyway, here's that long and nasty article I've been promising you for a year or two now... An advance caveat: this message is not a flame, but it *is* deliberately provocative. I'd like to get people talking about the problems of Masonry actively, rather than trying to ignore them. I may speak in some gross generalities, and probably some inaccurate details; I ask that people consider the main thrust of the argument, rather than miring in questions of whether I've got all my facts precisely straight. This *is* being written from the gut, and off the top of my head (to mix a metaphor rather badly)... (Oh, and I have no idea if any of this is applicable outside the US...) I've disagreed with Paul Rich on some things, but I have to agree with the overall tenor of his arguments here -- there is real cause for concern about the future of Masonry. I should preface this discussion by saying that I am a Mason, but not a broadly experienced one... Paul says that, by the year 2000, membership will have fallen by half, and Peter questions that assertion. Frankly, it wouldn't surprise me much. A year or two ago, there was a very disconcerting article in Trowel (the magazine of the GL of MA) talking about the demographics of Masonry. There was a chart showing the membership of the fraternity, year by year, which was a bit worrisome -- after an amazing spike in the 50's, there has been a steady decline ever since. What really caught my attention, though, was a chart showing the average *age* of Masons. Now, I must say that I haven't looked at the article in a while, so I don't remember the exact numbers. But my recollection is that it indicated that the average age of a Mason in America was increasing at a rate of something like 8 months for every year that passed. That is, if in 1988 the average age was 60, in 1989 it was 60.6, in 1990 61.3, and so on. Regardless of the actual numbers (which I confess to be unsure of), the very concept that the membership is aging rapidly is a real danger sign. It indicates that, even if the membership falloff isn't too bad right now, it's probably going to go exponential as that average age creeps up on 75 or so. So is it possible that we'll lose half our members in ten years' time? I'd guess that it is. My lodge is healthier than many, with a relatively young line (and a relatively interested one -- how many lodges do you know that would seriously talk about the possibility of a medieval degree team?). Nonetheless, we are losing members at a rate close to ten times the rate they're coming in. And this is far from the worst -- there are plenty of lodges that are essentially moribund, with no new members joining at all. Now, why is Masonry undergoing such a contraction? Again, I'd say that Paul has his finger on at least one reason, with this "mini/mega" idea. At this point, Masonry, at least in MA, is incredibly bureaucratic and centralized. The Master of a Lodge may theoretically have great control over it, but he really can't sneeze without Grand Lodge approval. I can to some degree understand the merits of not being able to make arbitrary changes to ritual, but the idea of requiring Grand Lodge approval before you can reschedule a meeting is *loony*! Every flyer has to be approved, most details of ritual are dictated to a fine grain -- in general, the organization is more centralized than most any other I've come across. (At least, outside the government.) What's the result? Well, it does accomplish what I assume to be the goal: a high level of homogeneity amongst lodges, so that Masonry is Masonry pretty much anywhere you go in the state. But it also strongly discourages innovation. We've talked occasionally about putting together some sort of Masonic study sessions, sort of informal Lodges of Research. But to do such a thing would require all sorts of approvals from the top, which might or might not be granted, and frankly, it isn't worth the hassle. So things stagnate. And an organization that isn't changing and evolving is in real trouble when nestled in a culture that is evolving and mutating as fast as modern America. I mean, look at the ritual. I *adore* the language of the ritual, filled with magnificant archaisms. But I'm an anachronist, and a student of language. Someone without that fondness for history may well look at it, and say "what *is* this nonsense?". And they have good reason. When these rituals were written, they were formal, but they were also current -- the rhetorical style was the style of the day. Today, the formality is still there, but it's also archaic. It simply doesn't evoke the same emotion from the average person that it could. And changing is damned difficult, because it is mandated at such a high level. (Someone is bound to point out examples of thriving lodges, that are healthy and growing. I don't doubt that they exist. However, are there are *jurisdictions* that aren't contracting quickly? I doubt it, but could certainly be wrong...) So where is Masonry going? It's difficult to guess the future, but I suspect that Masonry *as we know it* is dying. The high-level structures are ossified into place, and show little sign of budging. Around here, I'd say that we have about three times as many lodges as we should, but few want to fold or merge, because the price of doing so is high. Talking with folks who were around ten years ago, it looks to me like we're facing a general collapse within the next two decades, tops. Now, that doesn't mean the end of Masonry. I see two likely outcomes: -- Some Grand Lodges will change with the times. They'll reorganize, and decentralize at least enough to allow their constituent lodges to experiment and grow a little. Things will generally shift away from the current lodge structures, where the membership lists are bloated with dozens or hundreds of inactive members, to smaller and leaner lodges with only a few members, all of whom are much more active. (I envision something similar to the descriptions I've heard of some English lodges.) -- Other Grand Lodges will simply collapse, slowly but surely. Eventually, some states will likely be left without a Grand Lodge. However, Masonry is pretty addictive, and Lodges *will* form from the ashes, some chartered from outside and some simply irregular. Again, they will be smaller and more intense. My biases are showing, of course -- I think that the current Grand Lodge system, as practiced in the US, is headed for the pits. I think Masonry *will* survive, but that it's going to need a fast and painful evolution at some point, to catch up from decades (centuries, even) of fossilization... So there's a strawman to argue with. I'm sure that most of the readers will disagree with it; I hope that most won't ignore it. If Masonry doesn't recognize that it's in a decline, then the collapse *is* inevitable. If the need for some changes are recognized sooner, then collapse could be replaced by a more conscious and gradual evolution... (And please don't accuse me of being some sort of anti-Mason. I'm in line in my Lodge, and will be taking the East in two years. I don't feel that this precludes criticism of the fraternity, though -- my affection is for the Craft, *not* for any particular implementation of it...) -- Justin du Coeur aka Bro. Mark Waks Junior Warden Ocean Lodge, Winthrop, MA Random Quote du Jour: "The Muse strikes. It's all so clear... "BoB" Dobbs is actually Bizarro-Steve Canyon." -- Prof. Moriarty ============================================================================== From: Peter Trei Subject: Pessimisim. Mark, on remembering the graph you mention, concerning the average age of Masons, I decided to do some numbers. It's interesting, though not real encouraging. Somewhere in every lodge, you'll find a bookshelf, filled with fat volumes gathering dust, labeled "Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of ". Starting about 1873, Massachusett's GL proceedings started to include summary tables showing membership activity for each lodge, district, and MA as a whole. I have sampled the data at every fifth year, starting in 1875, and have produced graphs showing membership, initiations, and death rates. I've also normalised this data against the state population. A couple points: this data is just fifth-year samples, NOT five year averages. "1965" is actually 1964's data - I haven't found a 1965 book yet. Population figure in 0-years is from federal census, and in 5-years a linear interpolation of the two censuses on either side. The effects of the two World Wars and the great Depression are clear. I have some more thoughts on these topics, and will write on them later. Sorry for the large format. I hope readers can view these graphs properly. Massachusetts membership vs time m = membership (10,000's). i = initiations (1,000's) 75 80 85 90 95 00 05 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90 14.0 13.5 m 13.0 m m 12.5 m 12.0 not an error -> i m m 11.5 11.0 m 10.5 m 10.0 m 9.5 m m 9.0 m 8.5 8.0 m 7.5 7.0 m m 6.5 6.0 m 5.5 i 5.0 m i i i 4.5 4.0 m i 3.5 m i i 3.0 m m i i 2.5 m m i 2.0 i i i 1.5 i i i i i 1.0 i i i i i 0.5 0.0 75 80 85 90 95 00 05 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90 Year 1875 - 1990 Massachusetts membership vs time, Normalized for population growth. m = Membership (% of state pop). i = initiations per 1000 population 75 80 85 90 95 00 05 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90 3.1 not an error -> i 3.0 m 2.9 m 2.8 2.7 2.6 m m m 2.5 2.4 m m 2.3 2.2 m m 2.1 m 2.0 1.9 m m 1.8 1.7 m 1.6 m m m 1.5 m 1.4 m m m m m 1.3 1.2 i m 1.1 i i 1.0 i i i 0.9 i i 0.8 i 0.7 i i i 0.6 0.5 i i i i 0.4 i 0.3 i i i i 0.2 i i 0.1 0.0 75 80 85 90 95 00 05 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90 Death rate: % of membership per year 75 80 85 90 95 00 05 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90 3.1 3.0 * * 2.9 2.8 * 2.7 2.6 * 2.5 * 2.4 2.3 2.2 * 2.1 * * * 2.0 * * 1.9 1.8 * 1.7 1.6 * * * 1.5 * * 1.4 1.3 * * * * 1.2 * 1.1 * * 1.0 0.9 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.0 75 80 85 90 95 00 05 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90 "He who refuses to do arithmetic is doomed to speak nonsense". - John McCarthy Peter ============================================================================== From: Paul Raulerson Subject: Re: Masonic Digest: Knights Templar Date: Thu, 1 Oct 92 10:12:40 EDT Peter: The message reproduced below is from a friend I forward the Masonic Digest to. I'll have to set him up with a private Internet connection, or figure some way to redistribute the Masonic Digest en masse. You have one devil of a popular resource here. :) In any case, please edit any transmission artifacts I missed out of this. I'll forward mail (and the digest) back and forth to Jim (and any other Masons on BIX, which is where this is from) that you may wish to see. Thanks -Paul Paul Raulerson ( ============================ Cut Here ===================== m--* 10-01-92 - 09:53:22 *--* I have been able to read each and every issue of the Masonic Digest. I think that most of what I have read is super! I am a Master Mason , whose mother lodge is St. Peter's #21 in New Milford Conn. I also am a member of Oussatonic Chapter #21, Eurkea Chapter #23 , Wooster Council #28, Crusader Commandery #10 and Pyrmid Shire. I hold the following offices: Blue Lodge I am the Senior Deacon, in York Rite I am the treasurer and the secretary of my Chapter, Council and Commandery. I also a member of the degree teams of the local York Rite Bodies. So, I do know something about Masonery and the York Rite. I suggest anyone who is in doubt of the Connection between Knights Templar and Masonry read the book " The Temple and the Lodge " By Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh for a history by non masons of Knights Templar or Commandery. They have also written a book called The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail about the strange disappearance of the order in the 14th century. What caused me to write to you is the statment in the last Masonic Digest:" [ PT: This is the Masonic Knights Templar. It's highly probable that the] [ only connection between them the medieval Knights Templar exists in ] [ the imagination of their members. ] [ ] [ Coil mentions that the KT's have given up using aprons on most ] [ occasions, probably because of the amount of regalia they have to ] I have to take you to task on the above statments Brother Peter. If and when a brother takes the Orders of the Temple ( or Commandery) it will be clear to the Brother we make more then just a claim to the connection between the medieval Knights and our group. There is a very easy to prove connection. All you need to do is to see the orders (degrees) and you will be enlightented. In addition I have heard brother who are non-Christian say they can not join the Order. Again not true, in fact last year we welcomed a member who was Muslim! Somewhere it was mentioned in the newsletter about the skull and cross bone apron. Only person who wears it is the Grand Commander of the STate. The other members do not wear an apron, But they do wear a uniform very similar to our brothers of the Knights of Columbus. I wonder if most Masons are aware that the Knights of Columbus ritual is very idential to the ritual of our Knights Templar. There is a reason for this, the K of C was started by members of the Knights Templar as per order of one of the Popes. In fact the irony was last year I was proud to march in the Columbus day parade sponser in the city which the national body of Knights of Columbus is located. The ironic thing was we of Templar came in and beat the K of C in the parade contests!! We came in second. Anyhow in closing, I enjoy your newsletter each month. I am able to get it forwarded to me by someone on the online service called Bix as I am not a member of the Net,but Bix will be sometime in the furture .. Keep up the good Work! James Backus S.D. St.Peters #12 Secretary/Treasurer Eureka Chapter number 23 Secretary /Treasurer Wooster Council number 28 Recorder/Treasurer Crusader Commandery Number 10 [ PT: I gave a long, critical review of "The Temple and the Lodge" back ] [ in V01N002. I don't think claims within the degrees are worth much - ] [ I'd like to see independent documentation. For the Commandry, this ] [ runs out in the mid-1700's. ] ============================================================================== Date: Thu, 1 Oct 92 12:10:02 EDT From: <"brianh::naylor"> Subject: Scottish Rite and the first amendment Wonder if you folks out there in digest land can give me inputs on this quandary ...... The application form for Scottish Rite Souther Jurisdiction requires a signature against a statement that goes something like "I support the separation of church and state as defined in the constitution". Now, not being a US citizen, I had to go and look this one up! The first amendment is quite simple at first sight - congress won't enact legislation to favour any religion - but this isn't "separation" as it seems to be viewed either by the Council of the Scottish Rite, nor current acceptance by society in general. Herein lies my quandary - I have no problem at all with the first amendment statement, but I have a real problem with the fanaticism and vehemence that is being expressed (yes, by the Supreme Council, too) around current ideas of what "separation" means. Can I therefore, in good conscience, join a body that expresses views so far removed from my own? I don't think so, yet the other reasons for joining are so compelling. One article that had me on the verge of anger was the rhetoric in the pamphlet that the Supreme Council ahs put out about why education vouchers are a bad idea. Forget that people are entitled to be educated, and that their education mmight* just be better if attuned to their cultural and ethnic background, if it involves on dollar of taxpayer money going to support a "church" school, they are against it. I grew up in a country where church schools (RC, CofE, Jewish, Islam, etc) were accepted norms, and the education they gave was every bit as good as the state system. People not of those religions went to them! no, it seems to me that the Supreme Council on the one hand requires a belief in a Supreme Being and on the other absolutely forbids any teaching in our schools that a Supreme Being exists! Even the Supreme Court of the USA has upheld appeals from children who don't want to offer prayer in public schools. What do these people do when they are asked to recite the pledge of allegiance? "... one nation under mammon ..." perhaps? That's how it appears to this outsider! What comments do other brother and sisters have? Brian ============================================================================== From: Peter Trei Subject: Some local matters. On Tuesday, 20 Oct, at 7:30 pm, W.S. Gilbert will give a free public lecture on "Women's Role in Freemasonry" at the Museum of Our National Heritage in Lexington, MA. Brother Gilbert is a well known Masonic expert, and (along with John Hamill) an author of "Freemasonry: A Celebration of the Craft". I'm willing to give 3-4 people lifts to and from the Alewife T - get in touch if you're interested. On Saturday, 24 Oct, at 2pm, I will be installed as Worshipful Master of Wilder Lodge in Leominster, MA, by the Colonial Craftsmen Degree Team. This is an open ceremony, and all, Masons and non-Masons alike, are cordially invited. On Sunday, 25 Oct, The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts will be having an Open Day. The Grand Lodge will be open free to the public all afternoon, including the Museum, lodge rooms, and other facilities. ============================================================================== End of MASONIC Digest *********************


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