LA puts Prince Hall recognition on the next GL agenda

Discussion in 'Prince Hall Freemasonry' started by drapetomaniac, Jan 8, 2010.

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  1. drapetomaniac

    drapetomaniac Premium Member Premium Member

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    Resolution No, 2010-15
    To be filed at 2010 Annual Grand Communication
    The Grand Lodge of the State of Louisiana F&AM

    Whereas: Freemasonry professes a belief in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man;
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    Whereas: For various historical reasons, Louisiana has two Masonic Grand Lodges. Members of the Grand Lodge of the State of Louisiana, F &AM are predominantly white while members of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Louisiana, F&AM are predominantly black; and

    Whereas: The tenets of Freemasonry empower men to rise above differences which divide in order to work together for good for all mankind; and

    Whereas: While respecting our history, it is time to move Freemasonry forward and recognize Masonic brothers as Brothers; and

    Whereas: Forty-one other grand lodges in the United States now recognize their respective Prince Hall counterparts as regular in some form.

    Therefore Be It Resolved: That the Foreign Correspondence Committee or other appropriate committee as determined by the Grand Master, shall be instructed to establish communications with the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Louisiana F &AM and shall determine the regularity of the Prince. Hall Grand Lodge of Louisiana F&AM. The goal of this endeavor shall be to establish full Masonic communication with the Prince Hall Grand Lodge and allow visitation of brethren between Lodges and Prince Hall Lodges if the Prince Hall Grand Lodge is determined to be regular; .

    Be It Further Resolved: that the intent of this resolution is simply to allow members of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana to recognize their Masonic neighbors as true brothers. Nothing herein shall be construed to recommend any type of merger or unification between the Grand Lodge of Louisiana, F&AM and Prince Hall Grand Lodge.

    Submitted by Glenn A. Turner, PM, Yellow Pine Lodge No. 282, F&AM
     
  2. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    Are you listening Texas?


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  3. Bigmel

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    We need to do this in Texas. We need to move forward.
     
  4. Bill Lins

    Bill Lins Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    Better late than never.
     
  5. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    I'm still giddy over reading this...
     
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  6. fairbanks1363pm

    fairbanks1363pm Registered User

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    im not getting to excited until i see a positive outcome here.
     
  7. Jamesb

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    Me neither, but more and more we are seeing the slide to the positive.
     
  8. owls84

    owls84 Moderator Premium Member

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    I wonder if PHA put LA recognition on thier agenda first or if LA took initive because they feel they should recognize all organizations that practice regular Masonry the same? Hmmm, I wonder.:confused1:
     
  9. TexMass

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    A couple of years ago, we had some Masons from LA visiting Orleans lodge in MA. The Master of the LA lodge was originally from MA and a member of the Orleans lodge. They had sent a request to the PHA GL in Boston asking to visit and was told they would be honored however, their LA jurisdiction did not recognize them and suggested it would be best that they did not put themselves in a difficult postion by visiting. So, it didn't happen. Sad. No one here just 'shows up' to a PHA lodge or vice versa. It has been customary that you contact the Master of the lodge first. I don't think it's written down like that but that's the way it's practiced.
     
  10. rockhammer53

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    As it states, it is not a merger but a recognition of each other. Texas is a good place for a similar dialog to begin. I don't know if the two Lodges would ever merge but to BEGIN a DIALOG, start to show the better side of Masonry, to be Men of Honor and show that the basic tenants of Freemasonry are in fact, Good Men becoming Better. Who knows, maybe it would work.
     
  11. scotd123

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    I am new to the site; this is my first forum discussion to review and, in fact, my first post. I am impressed with rockhammer53's comment about us being Men of Honor and demonstrating the basic tenant of Freemasonry. It seems that at some point I remember hearing that, when one is evaluating another man, he should look to the internal and not the external qualifications. This recognition is long overdue. I pray that La approves this and that Texas follows suit.
     
  12. Hippie19950

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    I seem to have misunderstood something I read a while back I guess (as usual). I was sure I read where the Texas PHA had asked the GLOT for "Mutual Recognition" and it was accepted.. Apparently it was something else. I think it should be OK to recognize each other as Brothers, I have stated that before. Again though, providing the PHA Brethren want the same. I know a few here in town, and though we do not discuss the inner workings of the lodges, we do discuss our public activities, and what we would like to see happen in general, not just with Masonry.
     
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  13. drapetomaniac

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    I'm hearing from LA brothers that the LA resolution to acknowledge PHA (actually just to investigate acknowledging) failed under miserable conditions.
     
  14. rockhammer53

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    I guess that's where things will stay for another generation...it's hard to jump the hurdles that our predecessors have thrown down. It was no surprise.
     
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  16. drapetomaniac

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    Well, once it comes up to the floor or has the opportunity to be, it's not our predecessors but our peers and ourselves.

    I feel sorry for the those in the room who actually believed in the brotherhood of man. It's a difficult thing when those closest to you reveal something ugly.
     
  17. RedTemplar

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    Mutual Recognition? Your girlfriend is or is not pregnant. Ain't no such thing as a little bit knocked up.
     
  18. RedTemplar

    RedTemplar Johnny Joe Combs Premium Member

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    Brothers, I just read in the Masonic Society that for "technical issues" the resolution was turned down.
     
  19. drapetomaniac

    drapetomaniac Premium Member Premium Member

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    Technical issues, followed by a resubmission, also declined for more technical reasons, including a discussion where bigotries became vocal and public.
     
  20. rockhammer53

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    No further comment from me...bigotries and such are still the problem, from BOTH sides. C U.
     
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