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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Upcoming Masonic Education Seminars

It seems that there is a growing movement toward educating Freemasons in more and more U.S. jurisdictions lately. Or maybe it's just that brethren are getting more vocal about it. In any case, here are a few upcoming, noteworthy seminars and programs:

First off, on Saturday, January 27, 2018, the Grand Lodge of New Jersey will hold its Winter Seminar at the Trenton Masonic Temple, 100 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ

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Featured presentations:

  • The Founding of the First Grand Lodge in 1717 by Brother Ric Berman. the 2016 Prestonian Lecturer for the United Grand Lodge of England
  • Leadership and Power by Symbologists Michelle and Jay Snyder
  • The Importance of Initiation in Freemasonry by Piers Vaughan, Grand Lodge of New York
  • 12 guilty Men, a lesson in repentance by RW Michael Neuberger, GH, Grand Lodge of New Jersey

The Symposium is for Master Masons in good standing only, and tickets are $20. Hurry to register - registration ends January 24th! Visit the website HERE at Eventbrite.

Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10, 2018

Masonic Lodge Symposium at the Dayton Masonic Center, 525 West Riverview Avenue, Dayton, Ohio.

"This symposium is designed to offer the participants a look at how five lodges have approached the challenges of practicing Freemasonry in the Twenty-First Century. Each of these lodges have followed a path unique to them in exploring Freemasonry, its lessons, teachings, and past practices whereby to assemble a operating paradigm which meets the needs of their members. It is our hope that all who attend will gather ideas that they find helpful to the operation of their own lodges to launch them on the path to a more enlightened and rewarding practice of Freemasonry. The goal is not to create clones, but to inspire as we all learn from each other."


  • Dan Hrinko - author of The Craft Driven Lodge
  • Richard Frederick - Arts and Sciences Lodge
  • Clifford Nicol - Arts and Sciences Lodge
  • Brent Arnold - Immediate Past Master of Lodge Vitruvian No. 767, Indianapolis
  • James R. Dillman - PM Lodge Vitruvian No. 767, Indianapolis and former president of The Masonic Society
  • Steve Vedra - PM Lodge Vitruvian No. 767, and Dwight L. Smith Lodge of Research U.D., Indiana
  • Richard Graeter - author of “Reform Freemasonry?”
  • Larry Solomon - PM Caliburn Lodge No. 785, Cincinnati
  • Jason Rogers - Caliburn Lodge No. 785, Cincinnati
  • Robert Miller - Caliburn Lodge No. 785, Cincinnati
  • Samuel Lawson - Lodge Vitruvian No. 767
  • Jeff Okrutny - Tippecanoe Lodge No. 174, Tipp City Ohio
  • Paul Bathgate - Tippecanoe Lodge No. 174, Tipp City Ohio
  • Zach Jacobs - Tippecanoe Lodge No. 174, Tipp City Ohio
  • John Bizzack - Lexington Lodge No. 1, author of Island Freemasonry

For more information, see the website: http://www.21stcenturyfreemason.org/

On Saturday April 28th 2018, Masonic Con 2018 will once again take place at Ezekiel Bates Lodge, 71 North Main Street, Attleboro, Massachusetts. This event just gets bigger and better year after year, and the organizers must be doing something right. Last year, nearly 700 attended this still-growing event.

One difference this year is that they are requesting a $5 donation to offset the costs of hosting this extravaganza. Children will be admitted free.

Attendees and speakers alike will be happy to know the Tower Lodge is now blessedly air-conditioned. There will not be a Grotto or Tall Cedar Degree this year. Instead, there will be an open festive board with speakers and a special concluding presentation by the Valley of Boston.

There will be food trucks on site for lunch, and an enormous collection of Masonic vendors as well. Free parking is located nearby.

For more information, see the website at: https://eb1870.org/masonic-con-2018/

And if you are coming to town the night before on Friday, April 27th, Ezekiel Bates Lodge and Bog Iron Brewery have teamed up to host the Masonic Con Pre-Party, complete with two specially brewed craft beers just for the occasion. See this separate page to reserve a spot: https://eb1870.org/bog-iron-night/

Be sure to keep these others on your calendars:

Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania: March 17, 2018
Pennsylvania Academy of Masonic Knowledge Spring Symposium
Speakers: 2016 Prestonian Lecturer Ric Berman - "Foundations: New Light on the Formation and Early Years of the Grand Lodge of England"
Adam Kendall - "The Geometry of Mystery: Ancient Egypt, Freemasonry, and Secret Societies"

Alexandria, Virginia (George Washington National Masonic Memorial): May 10-13, 2018.
Apollo 2018 World Festival of Masonic Arts.

The Apollo Festival of Masonic Arts is a world celebration of the symbolic culture of Freemasonry, organized by the Association of Masonic Arts (AMA), and hosted by different grand lodges around the world. The main purpose of the festival is to present the centuries old masterpieces of the Craft and contemporary art products, made by brethren from different cultures and countries.
Washington DC (The Whittemore House), May 18, 2018.
World Conference on Fraternalism Social Capital, and Civil Society 2018: Not Men Only - Sisters, Sororities, and Ritualistic Societies.  Speakers will include: Cécile Révauger, Olivia Chaumont, Emanuela Locci, Paul Rich, Guillermo de los Reyes, Nancy Theiss, Demetrio Xoccato, and Teresa Lynn.

Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada: April 6-8, 2018
53rd Spring Masonic Workshop

Istanbul, Turkey (Movenpick Hotel): April 14, 2018
Fifth International Symposium on Freemasonry will be held by the Grand Lodge of Turkey.

Speakers include Ric Berman, Susan M. Sommers, Yavuz Salim Agaoglu, and Okan Yunusoglu.
For information contact Bro Ahmet Senkut, the Grand Orator for the GL of Turkey at ahmetsenkut@gmail.com

Beirut, Lebanon: 
June 8-10, 2018
A “Masonic Discovery Travel to Lebanon” is offered by the District Grand Lodge of Lebanon (Scottish Constitution) in conjunction with the installation of Bro Rabih Jarmakini as District Grand Master. In conjunction with thus event, organizers will be offering a tour to Hiram’s Tomb in Tyre and to the Temples of Baalbek.
Check out www.dgll.org or email to dgm@dgll.org for further information

Camp Masonry, Toledo, Ohio: August 9-12, 2018

Alexandria, Virginia (George Washington National Masonic Memorial): 
September 14-16, 2018
Quatuor Coronati Lodge of Research will host a rare North American Conference for 2018 with a program of research papers and debates.

Texas MasoniCon in Fort Worth: September 15-16, 2018

1 comment:

  1. This is great proof of our real uniqueness. Other groups can do good things for charity and of course deserve praise, but that is not what makes us so special. Ultimately the reason we have survived for centuries is in the intriguing way we use metaphor and symbolism and ritual, and provoke serious thought. There just isn't any equivalent -- and we need to emphasize that. A short discussion of this is a book by two French Masonic scholars -- https://westphaliapress.org/2015/10/20/freemasonry-a-french-view/


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