So What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is an organisation of men who strive to live by the fundamental principles of integrity, goodwill and charity. It is a non-profit organisation that is involved in supporting charity and community service. It is a society that unifies men of high ideals regardless of colour, creed or wordly status.
There are approximately five million Freemasons worldwide and about 75,000 in Australia and New Zealand. Freemasons are ordinary men in the community, 18 years and over, of all religions and backgrounds, who share a concern for human values and moral standards, respect for the laws of society and the rights of individuals.
How Much Time Do I Need To Dedicate?
Lodge meetings are held once a month and members are encouraged to attend regularly. However, if you decide to take a more active role within the lodge, the amount of time may increase. We also encourage members to visit other Lodges and make new connections within the community.The Tasmanian Union Lodge meets every second Thursday of the month.
As with all organisations, annual membership fees are expected of members. These fees are priced reasonably and full details and reports are given to members. Membership fees are used for the Lodge's philanthropic commitments, general up-keep of the Lodge and for benevolence. There is also the purchase of Masonic attire at additional cost to the member. Contact us using the link below if you have further inquiries.
I've Heared Something About Religion?
As mentioned, Freemasonry is a society that unifies men regardless of colour, creed or worldly status. Freemasonry is not a religion, nor does it dictate or discrimonate those of different beleifs.
A member must simply believe in a 'Supreme Being'. The concept of this is undefined and left to the individual to preserve his own unserstanding according to his own beleifs. We actively promote unity and tolerance amongst all men. Freemasonry is a global fraternity that has members of many beleifs; Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Hindu are but some. All these men come together in Lodges around the world confident that they have a common shared foundation which is the basis of the Masonic brotherhood.
But What About Women?
There are similar organisations for women with Masonic characteristics. There is The Order of the Eastern Star and The Order of the Amaranth that consists of both men and women.
Members of The Order of the Eastern Star are dedicated to working together for the good and benefit of mankind. The moral and social purpose of this Order is to elevate character, promote friendship and practice charity.
The Order of Amaranth is a fraternal institution inspired by the Gala Annual Amaranth Ball held in Sweden during the reign of Queen Christina. Its objectives are to unite Freemasons, their wives and female relatives so that all may enjoy sincere affection and mutual confidence, and thave the opportunity to work for the common good of the community.
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