What Masonry Is and Is Not
Masonry has come down from the far past. It uses the tools of the builder’s trade as emblems and symbols to teach Masons how to build character and moral stature. It teaches service to God, to a Brother, and to all mankind. It seeks constantly to build the temple of the soul and thus fit us for that house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Masonry is a fellowship that unites Masons in friendship and good will. It teaches the spiritual values of life that lie beyond the physical senses.
(Excerpted from the Masonic Memorial Service, Grand Lodge of Maryland)
What Masonry Is
- It is a voluntary association of men.
- It is a system of moral conduct.
- It is a way of life.
- It is a fraternal society.
- It is a pursuit of excellence.
- It seeks to make good men better men.
- It teaches morality through symbolism.
- It uses rites and ceremonies to instruct its members.
- It is based on a firm belief in the Fatherhood of God, the Brotherhood of Man, and the immortality of the Soul.
What Masonry Is Not
- It is not an insurance or benefit society.
- It is neither a religion or a creed, nor a religious order.
- It is not a charity organization but makes charity a duty.
- It dictates to no man as to his beliefs, either religious or secular.
- It seeks no advantages for its members through business or politics.
- It is not a forum for discussion of religion, politics, or other partisan affairs.
- It is not a secret society as it does not conceal its existence or purposes.