One Day Chapter and Council

Discussion in 'The York Rite' started by Warrior1256, Oct 23, 2016.

  1. Richard Edward Rooney

    Richard Edward Rooney Premium Member

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    About twenty years ago, I helped put on a one day festival for the YR Bodies I was part of then. It took a lot of work, but it was worthwhile. We did all of the degrees in full form, but using exemplars instead of putting each person through separately. I have mixed feelings about it; I really appreciate the idea of treating each degree separately, and having the time to fully digest the lessons taught. But, I am realistic in that it is much harder to ensure that we consistently have enough people to put on the degrees in that manner.

    I am very happy with the way my Scottish Rite did our festival. We went through more than just the "mandatory" number of degrees, and we were also presented with "A Bridge to Light" and the "Scottish Rite Ritual and Monitor" for self study later on. We also received the first lesson of the Scottish Rite "Master Craftsman" course to set us on the proper course. Would I have liked to have taken part in each degree individually? ABSOLUTELY! But it just isn't going to happen nowadays. I do, however, have a handy-dandy Scottish Rite Passport to keep track of which degrees I have seen.

    So, I guess what I mean is I am not crazy about 1 day classes for the Blue Lodge, but I take what I can get when it comes to furthering my light!

    Zealously,

    Rich Rooney
     
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  2. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

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    Agreed. We, too, used exemplars. But as there were only 5 candidates each had a chance to actually participate in at least one of the rituals.
    Same here.
    Also agreed.
     
  3. Cootr68

    Cootr68 Registered User

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    I just received the chapter degrees last Friday night and Saturday morning. I can see where it might be too much to take in so quickly but it also takes a lot of people and work. I think 4 different chapters in the area did the work. As for me, being an otr driver it just works better for me to do it that way. I'm very lucky that the secretary of one of the lodges I belong to is DDGM and a DDHP so if I have questions he's a phone call away. Council degrees will be held at the end of November and I'm planning on attending those. By the way there were 2 Brothers that finished up chapter degrees Saturday and then drove an hour and a half to receive the Scottish Rite degrees that same day.
     
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  4. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

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    Congratulations Brother.
     
  5. Cootr68

    Cootr68 Registered User

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    Thank you Brother
     
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  6. Richard Edward Rooney

    Richard Edward Rooney Premium Member

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    Sometimes you just gotta get what you can when and where you can. Hopefully what you get sparks the ember that lights your personal quest for more light. I have been a mason for almost 25 years and I have learned more in the last few months than ever!

    My initiation to the AASR was a two day class, and I think they realized that was TOO abbreviated. Get the most you can! OTR should (hopefully) allow you to get some audiobooks on the craft and learn while you drive.

    Best Wishes!!

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  7. Warrior1256

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    Absolutely agree.
     
  8. mrpierce17

    mrpierce17 KOP Council director / Lodge instructor Premium Member

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    That depends on what jurisdiction you are in and when you join I have gone through the HRAM and the AASR degrees neither where one day classes both took me a few months to complete


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