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

biggest draw is the fact that members come from all walks of life and meet as equals whatever their race, religion or socio-economic

position in society. Members are expected to be of high moral standing and are encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry.

 

Its members are taught its principles (moral lessons and self-knowledge) by a series of ritual dramas – a progression of allegorical

two-part plays which are learnt by heart and performed within each Lodge – which follow ancient forms, and use stonemasons’

customs and tools as allegorical guides.

 

Freemasonry instils in its members a moral and ethical approach to life: its values are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and

fairness. Members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount but, importantly, Freemasonry also teaches concern

for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.

 

From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. This work continues

today. Freemasons are taught to practice charity and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole – both by

charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.

 

Masonic charity is exercised at every level: individual Lodges make gifts and give aid to their own communities and every Province

also gives large sums of money to regional causes. In addition, large sums are given to national and local charities.

 

Each year, The Freemasons' Grand Charity (Soon to be renamed to “Masonic Charitable Foundation”) provides relief grants for

hundreds of individuals who are experiencing financial difficulty, as well as donating millions of pounds to nationwide charitable

projects and services. Since 1980, The Freemasons’ Grand Charity has donated over £100 million to a range of charitable causes. It

responds when natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and droughts occur anywhere in the world.

 

Freemasonry does not discriminate on grounds of race, colour, religion, political views or social standing. It provides a unique

environment for people from all backgrounds to learn skills, make lasting friendships, achieve their potential and above all, have fun.

 

Freemasonry is more relevant and important to society today than ever, as it encompasses and embraces all the fundamental

principles of good citizenship.

 

Worldwide, the figure rises to six million Freemasons, all with their own special reasons why they enjoy Freemasonry. For some, it’s

about making new friends and acquaintances. For others, it’s being able to help deserving causes – making a contribution to family

and society. But for most, it is simply an enjoyable hobby. Every Freemason has his own reason for joining. What’s yours?

 

 

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