What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political and fraternal organizations. 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
You can read all sorts of things about Freemasonry online, very little of which is true! The truth is….
It means different things to different people! Some people join us to make new friends and improve their social life; others enjoy the English speaking atmosphere. But for most, it is an enjoyable hobby.
We are a group of men with high moral values. We come from all walks of life and we meet as equals, regardless of an individual’s race, religion, social or economic position.
For many years Freemasons have followed three great principles:
Every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding to his fellow creatures.
Freemasons are taught to practice charity and to care - not only for their own - but also for the community as a whole, both by charitable giving and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.
Freemasons strive for truth, requiring high moral standards and aiming to achieve them in their own lives. Freemasons believe that these principles represent a way of achieving higher standards in life
There are approximately 250,000 Freemasons belonging to 8,000 Lodges throughout England, Wales and various overseas districts. The Grand Lodge of Scotland and Grand Lodge of Ireland (taken together) have approximately 150,000 members. In the United States total membership is just under two million.
Worldwide, there are over six million Freemasons!
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.