What is Freemasonry?

 

 

Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations.

Freemasons pride themselves on being honest, honourable and charitable members of society whosebromsgrove freemasons, freemasons bromsgrove, freemasonry bromsgrove, bromsgrove freemasonry, birmingham freemasons, freemasons birmingham, redditch freemasons, freemasons redditch, bromsgrove masons, birmingham midlands masons, freemasonry how to join, joining the freemasons, joining the masons, bromsgrove masonic lodge, welsh lodge birmingham, welsh lodge redditch, welsh masons, welsh freemasons, welsh midlands, welsh freemasons west midlands, welsh society midlands, gymanfa ganu birmingham, cymraeg freemasons, welsh bromsgrove, welsh redditch, welsh birmingham society, welsh social society integrity, loyalty and citizenship is beyond question. This common bond of moral values among like-minded men is the basis of Freemasonry - a fraternity of men who regard each other as brothers with a common purpose.

Freemasonry instils in its members an ethical approach to life: its values are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. The Craft inspires Members to strive for personal fulfilment and to practise high social and moral virtues. Such has been the reputation of Freemasonry that many Monarchs of Great Britain have promoted its value and joined in our assemblies.  Freemasonry also instils concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.

Membership is not restricted to any particular faith or religion, but belief in a supreme being is an essential qualification for those seeking to become a Freemason.

Freemasonry is an open organisation which has placed its publications in the public domain for centuries. Indeed, the United Grand Lodge of England publishes a Masonic Year Book annually which lists all committees and boards, details for all of its administrative groupings, and all Grand Officers and senior Provincial and District Officers. It also publishes triennially the Directory of Lodges and Chapters, which lists all lodges and their meeting dates and places. The Book of Constitutions (the Laws of Freemasonry) has been in the public domain since the first edition was published in 1723. These publications can be purchased from Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen St., London WC2B 5AZ.

Members come from all walks of life and meet 'on the level' . . . as equals whatever their race, religion or socio-economic position in society. Approximately 8,000 men become Freemasons each year. Freemasonry prides itself on its transparency. Not only are Freemasons completely free to acknowledge their membership, they are encouraged to do so. Lodges throughout the UK regularly open their doors to visitors.

Freemasonry provides a unique environment for people from all backgrounds to learn personal skills, make lasting friendships, achieve their potential and, above all, enjoy the company of like-minded men. Lodges offer a place of harmony and tranquillity for their members and provides a valuable forum for interaction and harmony between members in an open yet secure environment.

Freemasons make a major contribution to society through their own charities, as well as through donations to UK charities and worldwide disaster relief funds, with members playing an active and valuable role in their communities. Freemasonry is more relevant and important to society today than ever, as it encompasses and embraces all the fundamental principles of good citizenship. Many of these are learnt through traditional ceremonies that take the form of one-act plays, leading to increased self-esteem and confidence.

Every Freemason embarks on his own journey of self-discovery when he enters the organisation. With three levels of Freemasonry, the progression through to senior roles within a Lodge can be seen in much the same way as a person progressing in his career – each promotion bringing greater satisfaction, understanding, responsibility and opportunity.