Shriners, Scottish Rite or York Rite

Discussion in 'The Voting Booth' started by MikeMay, Mar 12, 2011.


Scottish Rite, York Rite or Shrine

  1. Scottish Rite

    44 vote(s)
  2. York Rite

    45 vote(s)
  3. Shrine

    14 vote(s)
  4. Grotto

    1 vote(s)
  5. OES

    4 vote(s)
  6. Lodge time for anything else.

    41 vote(s)
  1. MikeMay

    MikeMay Premium Member

    If you could only join one, which one would you join? (If your finances/time were limited and you still want to be active in the Lodge)

    For those of you who are in several, which would you give up if you could only do one?

    I added OES for those who are married and your spouse is involved, but if you want to exclude that and pick another that's okay...I'm just curious.

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    This one is hard for me, my grandfather was a Ben Hur Shriner...but I think if I had to chose now, it would be the Scottish Rite...I'm Scottish. ;-)
  2. Ashton Lawson

    Ashton Lawson Premium Member

    The Scottish Rite is French :laugh:

    This is easy for me. Personally, I have zero interest in the Shrine. It offers no learning or education whatsoever from what I've seen and been told, however, it does offer multitudes of fun fraternal and charitable activities if that's your thing.

    I have done the York Rite degrees, and thoroughly enjoyed them, though the York Rite in Texas seems to be struggling to survive from what I've seen so far.

    I am currently going through my Scottish Rite degrees, and they are without question the most enjoyable of anything I've done as Mason. They are very educational, deeply mystical, and filled with layer upon layer of meaning and depth.

    If I had to choose one of your three, for me, it'd be the Scottish Rite, without hestitation.
  3. Txmason

    Txmason Registered User

    I am considering either York Rite, Scottish Rite or Shrine. Are York and Scottish active in the community like the Shrine? I'm a photographer and would love to join a group that I can do photography with. Any suggestions?

  4. MikeMay

    MikeMay Premium Member


    The Austin Valley has a shutterbug club...I know the Scottish Rite is active in the community, I cannot answer about the York Rite.
  5. dpteskeys

    dpteskeys Registered User

    York Rite for me. I like be part of the degrees personally, instead of sitting at a table for a day watching acting on a stage ( Scottish rite) also most York rite bodies meet at blue lodges, instead of going to a huge stated meeting with alot of other guys who always ask you to join a unit (shrine)
  6. RobinWinslett

    RobinWinslett Registered User

    Many in my Blue Lodge are involved in the Shrine, but for me, I enjoy learning more. So that's why I went to the Scottish Rite. It's been a great decision, I feel, as I've been heartily welcomed and I've found a place where I can continue the quest for light.
  7. tom268

    tom268 Registered User

    In Germany, the AASR also works the degrees and meet in the same buildings as blue lodges. There is no "stage work", always "floor work" with one to five candidates. I know that of other european AASR too. It seams, that it is typical US development. AASR is of french origin, but what we know as AASR nowadays, is of american origin. And as most european supreme councils were chartered by Charleston, it irritates me, that traditions are that different.

    Does anyone know, when the US supreme councils changed from standard degree work to this stage performances of today?
  8. AAJ

    AAJ Registered User

    I am just a member of the blue lodge; I haven't been a Mason long enough to feel i need more. I am sure that eventually I will join both but I am not sure yet which I will join first. York rite is popular at my Lodge, but I like what I have read on the Scottish rite. I have little interest in Shrine, Grotto, OES, etc.
  9. jwhoff

    jwhoff Premium Member

    I can't commit on the York Rite as I haven't dabbled to date. I do see the valued work done by the Shrine and do lend a hand in the fun raising activities. But my heart is indeed in the Scottish Rite. These are my interests and this is my home away from (blue lodge) home.
  10. Bro. Stewart P.M.

    Bro. Stewart P.M. Lead Moderator Emeritus Staff Member

    I voted for York Rite. If there was no Blue Lodge, there would be no York Rite in Texas or in many other States here in the U.S.

    Of course some of US are lucky enough to enjoy both Blue (YR) and Red (SR) Lodges....
  11. Ashlar

    Ashlar Registered User

    My vote goes for York Rite . Though I am a member of both YR and SR , I found the YR degrees by far more beautiful and meaningful . Also there is a few things I do not agree with concerning the SR that I will not go into , I am only a member because of a dying wish of a man I respected , if not for that I would not be a member .

    The Shrine , I want nothing to do with for a few reasons and though I am a Past and present WP in the OES and enjoy it , if my Chapter turned in it's Charter tomorrow , I would lose no sleep over it .
  12. Traveling Man

    Traveling Man Premium Member

    At the present rate of attrition this poll may become irrelevant; or maybe it might just be pointing out the problem?
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2011
  13. Christopher

    Christopher Registered User

    I'm surprised that the Shrine has had such a bad showing so far. About half of the active members of my lodge are active in the Shrine and love it. Maybe more than half. About half are member of SR and YR but I think I'm the only active member.
  14. gnarledrose

    gnarledrose Registered User

    I went with Blue Lodge, but my area's in a bit of a pickle-- Scottish Rite meets 50 miles away, York Rite is barely hanging onto our local Chapter/Council/Commandery, and Shrine's not much "fun" when there's only four of you doing all the work.
  15. SWATFrog

    SWATFrog Premium Member

    I joined the York Rite and have enjoyed my experience there. I enjoy being involved in the festivals. I don't know a lot about the Scottish Rite but I've applied for the march 26th Reunion. I'm sure I will enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed my time at York Rite.
  16. Bro.BruceBenjamin

    Bro.BruceBenjamin Premium Member

    This being the case I would focus only on the blue lodge.
  17. Beathard

    Beathard Premium Member

    I am all if the above. I like blue lodge and OES. I would probably do shrine next and the Scottish rite. Honestly if I did it all again I would probably do blue lodge and OES only until I retire.
  18. RTidwell

    RTidwell Registered User

    I'm going to have to go with the shrine. But that's only because the FMRC isnt up there and Ben Hur has a motorcycle club.

    I am a member of the Shrin, scottish and York rites. But if I only had to pick one that is what it would be.
  19. Tony Siciliano

    Tony Siciliano Premium Member

    This fall I am transferring to NOLA, and I'm really looking forward to witnessing some Red Lodge degrees.

    I chose AASR. I like what it has to offer.
  20. Michaelstedman81

    Michaelstedman81 Premium Member

    What is the NOLA you are talking about? I am thinking that I have heard of it before, but not sure I have seen it in acronym I hope I don't come out of this one looking too

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