Freemasonry means different things to each of those who join. For some, it’s about making new friends and acquaintances. For others it’s about being able to help deserving causes – making a contribution to family and society. But for most, it is an enjoyable hobby.
Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. 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. The following information is intended to explain Freemasonry as it is practised under the United Grand Lodge of England which administers Freemasons in England and Wales and in many places overseas.
Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. It’s members are taught its principles (moral lessons and self-knowledge) by a series of ritual dramas – a progression of allegorical two – part plays which are learnt by heart and performed within each Lodge – which follows ancient forms, and use stonemasons’ customs and tools as allegorical guides.
Freemasonry instils in it’s 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
“Freemasonry teaches not merely temperance, fortitude, prudence, justice, brotherly love, relief, and truth, but liberty, equality, and fraternity, and it denounces ignorance, superstition, bigotry, tyranny and despotism” – Theodore Roosevelt