JW Reading the Law

Discussion in 'Masonic Jurisprudence' started by Wingnut, Sep 4, 2009.

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How often does the JW read from the Book of Law?

  1. Every Meeting

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    35.8%
  2. Every now and again

    12 vote(s)
    17.9%
  3. He is supposed to read from the law book?

    23 vote(s)
    34.3%
  4. Our JW can read?!

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    11.9%
  1. Wingnut

    Wingnut Premium Member

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    How often does your JW read a passage from the Masonic Law book?
     
  2. Bill Lins

    Bill Lins Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    See "Spanked" thread... ;)
     
  3. HKTidwell

    HKTidwell Premium Member

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    All I pulled up was Mancow when I did a search for that topic :S
     
  4. Scotty32

    Scotty32 Registered User

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    Its in our by-laws the I read an article every stated meeting. Its a great idea.
     
  5. RedTemplar

    RedTemplar Johnny Joe Combs Premium Member

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    Once in a great while, the WM will read a passage from the constitution. I agree with Texas on this issue. If subordinate lodges will not take it upon themselves to learn or be reminded of their duties and responsibilities, then the Grand Lodge should mandate it. If not the JW, maybe the JS or some younger member of the lodge could be charged to perform such reading.
     
  6. JBD

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    One of my Lodges does the other does not (have JW read each meeting)
     
  7. Bill Lins

    Bill Lins Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    We'll discuss Mancow later this morning! :D
     
  8. JTM

    JTM "Just in case" Premium Member

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    it's in the WM's charge at installation that he cause the lawbook to be read during his meetings.
     
  9. Bill Lins

    Bill Lins Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    Bro. Red, Texas GL gives the JW charge of our Law in each Lodge & furnishes each new JW a copy of our Law Book free of charge (!).
     
  10. RedTemplar

    RedTemplar Johnny Joe Combs Premium Member

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    That would be"lodgical" since the JW is also the DA.
     
  11. rhitland

    rhitland Founding Member Premium Member

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    I will let 148's JW respond to this one! :)
     
  12. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    I think I'll be WM by the time I receive a copy. :rolleyes:
     
  13. scottmh59

    scottmh59 Registered User

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    i did...i was the first to vote....our JW can read?:D
     
  14. Wingnut

    Wingnut Premium Member

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    Interesting... over half dont read at every meeting. Sounds about right for the number that dont do the Candidate Information program, ALL and LIFE.
     
  15. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    Yup
     
  16. owls84

    owls84 Moderator Premium Member

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    Well here is my question, does this need to be read EVERY meeting? I would say not really. I know some people that when you begain reading from the law book they get "sleepy head". I also know that there is some things people just won't listen to even if you tell them. I know at least in my Lodges if you read from the Law book you may just be speaking Greek. I say get people together who enjoy it then run through hypotheticals just like we do here and sit around a table when others asre working on floor school. Make it fun like a trivia game or something.

    Just some more brain storming. I just remember the glazed look some people give when you try to read or quote the law. I actually had a member come a tell me, "I get "sleepy head" when you do that."
     
  17. rhitland

    rhitland Founding Member Premium Member

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    I know we did for a while in our Lodge then it died out. Funny thing is all I can hear in my head right now is that quote from Tombstone when that bad guy was sashing Wyatt Earp saying "Law don't go around here, savy Kansas law dog?" Just seems it has become a pick and choose book.
     
  18. TCShelton

    TCShelton Founding Member Premium Member

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    +1.
     
  19. Wingnut

    Wingnut Premium Member

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    Sadly I cant find it in the law book that its required, but Ive been told numerous times it is. I cant help but wonder, if we pick and chose which customs, ideas, traditions we follow and observe how long will Masonry be Masonry as it was intended?
     
  20. JBD

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    ****THE FOLLOWING COMMENTS ARE NOT DESIGNED TO BE POINTED AT ANYONE ON THIS SITE****

    I conversely wonder if we pound on all those who do not know everything instead of instructing; if we judge those whom we have not set in Lodge with; we "report" him or them whom we hear to be not following every jot and tittle instead of investigating and nuturing, then how long it will be until Masonry returns to what is was intended - a brotherhood a fraternity.

    I am more concerned that we are putting the "law" above the obligation and promises we made one to another to the point that we stifle the life out of Lodges. Ask some of those who have been on the receiving end in the past few years.

    It is a bit like getting hit going through an intersection with a green light while knowing the other guy is running the red and going to hit you. You had the "right of way" you were "RIGHT" in your position - unfortunately he was going 70 mph and you ended up "dead right". The final result is there was an impact and you could have avoided it by just applying some common sense.
     
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2009

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