FAQ: What is Co-Masonry?

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    What is Co-Masonry?

    Co-Masonry, also known as Adoptive Masonry, refers to Masonic Lodges
    that admit both men and women. Co-Masonry traces its heritage back to
    the 19th century.

    There are two Grand Lodges of Co-Masonry with jurisdiction in America:
    Le Droit Humain, based in Paris, France and the original Co-Masonic
    organization in the US; and the American Federation of Human Rights
    (American Co-Masonry), based in Larkspur, Colorado.

    The degree structure differs slightly from standard Blue Lodge
    structure (i.e.: the Scottish Rite is worked as part of the regular
    Lodge, not a separate organization), but in most things Co-Masonic
    lodges function as regular Masonic lodges.

    There are a few feminine grand lodges, which are considered by the
    UGLE to be regular, with the exception of the initiation of women.
     
  2. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

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    I'm confused. How can it be considered regular in any way if it admits women?
     
  3. Glen Cook

    Glen Cook G A Cook Site Benefactor

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    Ripcord22A Site Benefactor

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    They call themselves brothers? Wth? Why not sisters?
     
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  5. Bill Lins

    Bill Lins Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    Mebbe they're genderically confused! :D
     
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  7. Mike Martin

    Mike Martin Eternal Apprentice Premium Member

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    There are 2 things that must be made clear in this topic.

    1) the statement by the UGLE has absolutely nothing to do with Co-Masonry! Co-Masonry is where men and women sit together in Lodges, the feminine Lodges referred to are women-ONLY (the HFAF and the OWF).

    2) The UGLE's point was that the WORK and PRACTISES of the women-only Lodges is regular in everything EXCEPT that they are all women. The women-only Lodges work the same Ceremonies and Lectures that we do and have the same requirements of their Candidates.
     
  8. Mike Martin

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    I'd also point out that Co-Masonry is not aka Adoptive Masonry at all. The Adoptive Rite was practised in France in the late 1700s and through the 1800s it was replaced by Co-Masonry. The Adoptive Rite put women under the protection of the men-only Masonic Order, Co-Masonry made the same women Masons. The closest thing to the Adoptive Rite today is the American Order of the Eastern Star.
     
  9. Warrior1256

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    Thank you for the explanation brother. I understanding this subject better now.
     

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