Freemasonry exists throughout the world. However, each Grand Lodge or Grand Orient is sovereign and independent. There is no international governing body for Freemasonry. Traditionally the United Grand Lodge of England had some sort of symbolical authority over deist Freemasonry. This situation has changed and today are so much ‘regular’ Grand Lodges not recognized by the UGLE as recognized. A good example is the United States as only 30 of their state Grand Lodges are recognised by UGLE. This fact does not make them irregular but simply not recognised. The same happens with the countries, that are recognised by some and not by others. A good example is Israel that is not by 32 United Nations member states.
They have secrets, but they’re not all that mysterious. There are rituals, but it’s not a religion.
That’s what the men of the Maryville Masonic Lodge at 1622 N. Main St. want people to know.
However, according to member Mike Thompson, Freemasonry is a way of life full of opportunities for spiritual experiences and personal growth.
Thompson, a former Maryville mayor, is currently the Maryville lodge’s treasurer. He got into the organization while researching his family’s history. Everywhere he looked, he found more Freemasons.
According to member Mike Thompson, Freemasonry is a way of life full of opportunities for spiritual experiences and personal growth. Thompson, a former Maryville mayor, is currently the Maryville lodge’s treasurer. He got into the organization while researching his family’s history. Everywhere he looked, he found more Freemasons.
For Thompson, being a Freemason has enlarged the circle of friends he can trust to help him when he’s in need. He said he views it as a reciprocal experience that allows him one more way of connecting and committing to his community.
The French revue ‘Le Monde’ publishes a detailled report on the historical origines of Freemasonry. It may be find in Le Monde des Religions. Collection Histoire. According to Pierre Molier the identity of Freemasonry is marked by its history. The year 1717 signaled the constitution of the Grand Lodge of London and the system that will last until today. But the origine of the transformation of the operative freemasonry to speculative freemasonry can be located in Scotland with William Schaw, Master of Works of the King in Edinburgh. It was William Schaw that wrote the Statuts Schaw which framed a new conception of lodge as we have nowadays. In detail the interesting interview of the historian Pierre Molier. http://www.lemondedesreligions.fr/savoir/aux-sources-de-la-franc-maconnerie-02-12-2015-5126_110.php