A lecture is scedulled for today, the 24th November, in Macau concerning the 300 years of the Grand Lodge of London and Westminster recently commemorated with a public event at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The lecturer is Arnaldo Gonçalves, Professor of the Polytechnic Institute in Macau and researcher in Masonic historiography and symbolism. He is the author of an article about Freemasonry in Macau, published some years ago by Revista de Cultura, the revue of Macau Cultural Institute. It is the first initiative in more than 20 years abot the Craft taken place in Macau, now a territory under sovereignty of the People’s Republic of China. The lecture is organised by Luso-Asian Forum, an NGO focused in the intercultural exchange between Portugal and China. It is the third conference of a cycle entitled “From the Sacred to the Profane. Conferences at the Delta of the River”.
We had a wonderful week in Portugal visiting Lancaster Lodge and their Ladies Festival. Its magical what sunshine, friends, and wine can do. Here are the pictures from the Ladies Evening, we had a lot of fun. Via Bob Summers.
Lancaster Lodge is an English Lodge meeting in Portugal and is under the Jurisdiction of the United Grand Lodge of England [UGLE]
FREEMASONRY: an international organization whose principles are embodied in SYMBOLS and ALLEGORIES connected with the art of building and involving an oath of secrecy. The origins of the movement probably lie in twelfth-century Europe. There are two major divisions: the Old Charges which date 1390 and 1400; and The Masonic Word, which is a Scottish institution of obscure origin. From the eighteenth century there developed “Speculative Masonry” or modern FREEMASONRY. The GrandLodge was
formed in 1717 to co-ordinate other Lodges. The origins of most Masonic ceremonies are obscure and probably date to the seventeenth century. The movement places considerable
emphasis on social welfare activities and claims to be based on the fundamentals of all religions. In the eighteenth century, it was closely associated with DEISM and even today a general deistic ethos generally prevails modified by the incorporation of religious symbols derived from ASSYRIAN and EGYPTIAN BELIEFS. The CHURCH OF ENGLAND, ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH and many EVANGELICAL denominations have condemned FREEMASONRY as UN-CHRISTIAN. Recently various sensational journalists have published exposes claiming that it is a closed club which often breaks the law to promote the interests of its members. Such claims are, of course, hotly denied by Masons.
(From the by Irving Hexman).
(Excerpt from a book by L.N. Carvalho)
“Freemasonry is an human organization,
of free men with good report.
Freemasonry receive the good men,
to turn them into better men.…
to the Glory of the Great” Architect of the Universe. “
Three or four thoughts for 2016. First Freemasonry is alive and incorporate, in every location, a facies aligned to the traditions of the society and distinctive cultures. In some societies, FM is more open and society-driven. In others more circumspect and group-driven. English, Irish and Scottish Lodges are referenced in activities and initiatives aiming to connect them to the communities they serve. Charitable initiatives are customary in these constituencies as FM fills a gap that is usually filled, in the Catholic world, by the institutions of the Roman Church or close to it. But an effort to attract new members is noticeable, and a new generation is coming in. Freemasonry needs new members that may rejuvenate the project and the lodges. But is not solely a question of members but also of new views. One cannot assume, in the second decade of the 21st century, that younger generations pursue the same cardinal values of older generations. The newcomers are more open to the world, more akin to the new technologies, to the Internet. They participate, regularly and actively, in the social media, they use the Messenger and Twitter fluently. Another characteristic is that there are frankly open to a greater role of women and sexual minorities in contemporary societies. They praise equality of gender and non-discrimination, whatsoever. Something that is looked with major reservations by older generations. We cannot demand them to live by the standards we lived and organize ourselves. It would pretentious and authoritarian. If not ridicule. FM is a traditional institution and needs time to adapt to the new tendencies of the modern date. To new ideas. Some will say that is declining in purpose and membership and would disappear sometimes, in the future. Others will say that FM needs to stay without changes and any sort of modernization. These conclusions may be fantastical but a lot needs to be done to keep the Fraternity walking along to where the world is coming to. The danger here is ossification and lack of spirit.