Sent in a petition about 6 months ago

Discussion in 'Becoming a Freemason' started by RBE5864, Dec 7, 2019.

  1. Quammie Walker

    Quammie Walker Registered User

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    I sent my name and email in to a lodge close by me about a month or two ago here in Norfolk VA I'm still waiting for their call but I can't lie some good things happen for me since I left my info
     
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  2. Number4

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    Wow, I am just blown away by some of what I have read here!

    Firstly, this is a voluntary organization, a fraternity from which can withdraw at any time - even during your initiation if you are uncomfortable about anything. In VA we do pay the fees at the time of petitioning, a portion of which goes to the Grand Lodge, but these are refundable (as above). You should have had your background check (credit report and criminal history) in the mail and been visited by the investigating committee. Their report is a simple favorable/unfavorable decision given to the WM and your petition, including those reports, read in open lodge at the next sated meeting. The following month, the lodge will normally ballot on you and the WM schedule a date for your initiation. I was handed a petition by a friend and turned it in mid November, balloted in January and initiated the first week of February. It does sound like something has gone horribly wrong in your case, to say the least.

    Masonry is non denominational and we welcome all faiths, period. The Knights Templar are an appendent body for Master Masons that is explicitly Christian, but that has nothing to do with sitting in a regular 'blue; lodge where along with politics, religion is strictly forbidden as a discussion topic. IMHO the committee was well out of line with that line of questions as well as being very ignorant of the KT as there is no historical connection between the Masonic Templars and the medieval French crusader warriors whatsoever. If anything we are more like the VFW! As a Templar myself I would be perfectly happy to sit in Lodge with you - indeed the only way I would know what your particular faith is would be if I was present at your initiation and noticed that you took your obligation on a book other than the Holy Bible.

    The investigating committee is a two way thing - or should be - and is meant to give you and your family an outline of the sort of fraternity you are joining. My question for you is, did they leave you with a positive view of Freemasonry? First impressions count and if you are not feeling welcome and valued at this stage, then I doubt things will improve in due time, although I don't know the Lodge or the Brethren concerned so I may be wrong. As someone else already said, I think your best course is probably to write a very polite letter of withdrawal and look around for another lodge
     
  3. Quammie Walker

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  4. Bloke

    Bloke Premium Member

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    It is very reasonable for Freemasons to be curious as to your spiritual beliefs to make sure you meet the requirement of having a belief in a Supreme Being, and discussion of your religion can support that, but beyond satisfying themselves of our belief in a Supreme Being, Religion should not be further discussed, unless there is some concern about the particular religion - and we would generally not put Judaism in that group. The language used (slaughter) is strange; but purely might have been a very clumsy way to explore if you are tolerant.. If I heard this from one of my applicants, I would be calling the committee members and counseling them. If they saw no problem, their days on such committees would be over.

    I hope it is likely your petition feel through the cracks (they do), but if not, I would not be recommending you join that particular lodge.

    I recommend Freemasonry to you. I would follow up with the lodge, and if you get no joy there, apply elsewhere..
     
  5. bro.william

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    Any updates on this, OP?
     
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  6. RBE5864

    RBE5864 Registered User

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    I had contacted the man who gave me my petition and he had said that he would let the secretary know.
    I texted him today and it looked like he blocked my number. I then tried calling the lodge and nobody answered. After calling the lodge I found the secretary’s phone number and sent him a text message and have gotten no response. I plan on calling him tommorow and if I don’t hear anything I will call the grand lodge. The only thing that worries me is the secretary was the past grandmaster at the grand lodge I would be calling. I also asked how I go on withdrawing my petition.
    This has been pretty disappointing but I will keep my head up.
     
  7. jermy Bell

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    EA at my lodge here in southern Illinois is on $35.00
     
  8. JanneProeliator

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  9. bro.william

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    Seems to me, OP, that if they don't want you there, they should at least say why. It doesn't strike me as particularly masonic to ghost someone.
     
  10. Thomas Stright

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    Why wait... Find out when their stated meeting are and show up for a good meal and get to know the members and have them get to know you.

    Knock on that Door....
     
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