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  1. The world famous Library & Museum of Freemasonry at Great Queen Street is holding a fabulous exhibition until August 2019. I am planning to have a look at it next week but I've been told it's really good. http://freemasonry.london.museum/event/bejewelled-badges-brotherhood-identity/
  2. Hi Rabih and welcome to the Forum. Please do tell us a bit about yourself and do join in with the many topics here.
  3. I agree that looks like an excellent initiative from Middlesex and always good to see a non-grey haired speaker.
  4. Sometimes we forget that our "local" experiences of Freemasonry are not actually what millions of Freemasons around the World are experiencing. it is often best not to try and extrapolate them to the whole of Freemasonry.
  5. In reality this is quite a complex question that only you can answer and I would guess that it comes down to how much you are personally invested in your Mother Lodge. I would suggest that if you have been a member for a couple of decades, been through the Chair and are surrounded by lifelong friends then the answer is that you would have loads of personal responsibility as you are a part of the culture and history of your Lodge. However, if this isn't the case and you've only been a member for a relatively short time and maybe feel like an outsider at meetings the opposite would be true.
  6. Welcome to the Forum Matthias, I look forward to your questions about Freemasonry. I have sent you a PM.
  7. Hi Steve, welcome to the Forum and yes it is as simple as that. I have witnessed some guys send the assembled brethren to sleep while others have tied themselves in knots over what should really be a short discourse. My pointers would be: a) thank all your new Lodge brothers (including Proposer & Seconder) for welcoming you into the Lodge, b)a couple of words on what went through your mind during the Ceremony and c) make a heartfelt commitment to support (what is now) your new Lodge.
  8. Personally I hope that this push leads to "The Lectures" coming back into vogue as "work of the Lodge" rather than today's insane preoccupation with the "Ceremonies" only.
  9. Solomon is billed as an exciting new initiative to be introduced in two months’ time: a central and multi-platform repository of information designed to help point members along the path of masonic knowledge. You can read the address given at QCs yesterday here (PS I don't know why they've identified him as CASH): https://www.freemasonrytoday.com/ugle-sgc/ugle/speeches/solomon-presentation-stuart-hadler-and-anthony-howlett-bolton
  10. That's promising but as I also mentioned due to the previous banning Freemasons will be very hesitant in attempting to reinstate Freemasonry there as it does seem that type of Government is prone to ill-informed knee jerk reactions to things. I wonder if any of the other alleged "religions" have tried?
  11. If anyone knows someone who meets the person specification please let them know about these vacancies https://mcfjobs.engageats.co.uk/LoginV2.aspx?enc=89P/FNY6yWSYthL0Sm0QOQEe45E008pfaG1/zvlUev4
  12. Sorry to be a party pooper but do you have an official/government source for the ban being lifted as much is claimed on the Internet which isn't actually true. If true that may be good news but there will be no Grand Lodges rushing to restart Masonic activities in a country where freemasonry has been banned, a good example is to look at the ex-Iron Curtain countries in Eastern Europe where Freemasonry is only just starting to show up again.
  13. This turned up randomly and so I read it. I was just starting to think "things must have changed with the Sun since I last looked at it" until I got to the paragraph dealing with "How Can you Become a Freemason?" then I had no choice but to laugh out loud Snippet: A SHADOWY WORLD - Who are the Freemasons, are there female Freemasons and how do people join a Masonic Lodge? The Freemasons' leadership hit back at criticism with an open letter calling out what it described as 'discrimination' against its members. THE Freemasons have long been seen as a shadowy organisation — complete with secret handshakes and ancient rituals. Few can describe who they are and what they actually do, but what little we do know is enough to spark intrigue. Who are the Freemasons? Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations, according to the United Grand Lodge of England’s website. There are more than 200,000 members belonging to more than 7,000 Lodges throughout England, Wales and districts overseas - with an estimated six million worldwide, according to its website. Some high profile Masons reportedly included Winston Churchill, the Duke of Wellington, Lord Kitchener, Kings Edward VII, Edward VIII and George VI and Prince Philip. The Freemasons’ Hall in London's Covent Gardens is the headquarters of the Grand Lodge - which is the governing body of Freemasonry in England, Wales and the Channel Islands. Full article here: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3322564/freemasons-uk-masonic-lodge-female-members-discrimination-transgender/
  14. Hi Dave and welcome to the Forum. I'm afraid that you're going to be on a hiding to nothing with regard to joining Freemasonry in Indonesia, it was banned there in 1965 and I cannot find any reference to its government having reversed the decision to date. The closest Lodges to you seem to be in: Australia, Malaysia, Singapore or the Philipines.
  15. Nice article, it's a shame that the journalist decided to spice it up in a couple of places but still a nice article.
  16. To be honest there’s nothing about that to make it “Masonic” or related. The OES star as above is very specific in the marking of its 5 points whereas that isn’t, it could be just about anything really.
  17. Hi David and welcome to the Forum. Can't believe I missed this
  18. The reality of Freemasonry is answered in your second question. You can resign from Freemasonry (just like any membership organisation) at any time and for any reason. Therefore it is quite obvious that you can’t be made to do anything that you don’t want to do.
  19. Dear all, You may know that the MCF released a video series, called “Making Memories”, earlier this year which featured the Liversidge family and the Bendrigg Trust; a masonic family and charity that have both received MCF funding. It transpires that it has been nominated for an award at the International Short Film Festival! It is currently second in the running but it would be very nice if it were to win. If you haven't watched it yet, you can do so here: https://mcf.org.uk/making-memories/ If, after watching it, you felt minded to cast a vote for the series – the link is below and it’s a very simple process. https://theaudienceawards.com/films/making-memories-191283 It is possible that these awards will spread the name of the Masonic Charitable Foundation and gain recognition of its work internationally.
  20. Welcome to the Forum. Have a look around there's tons of interesting stuff on here and get involved
  21. Welcome aboard Ian. ps I've just shifted your topic.
  22. Started watching this American TV series a couple of weeks ago, Ichabod Crane is resurrected into modern day Sleepy Hollow and continues his struggle against the headless horseman. All was going well then in episode 6 it turns out the Ichabod is a Freemason 😎
  23. I randomly found this on the Net and thought it might be interesting. I was particularly struck by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's entry: http://freemasonry.london.museum/it/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Sportsmen-in-English-Lodges-Aug-2016.pdf
  24. No point in private questions as the members here are just as able to share their knowledge and opinions with you as I am Also if you're resident in Turkey, you could contact the Grand Lodge of Turkey for guidance: http://www.mason.org.tr/web/en_index.html
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