What would you like to see changed in Masonry?

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by cemab4y, Jul 17, 2009.

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  1. JEbeling

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    What would I change... ? not much... !

    Would like to see the committee on "HOPE & CHANGE" to quit dreaming up new versions of the work.. ! and then decide it would be nice for everyone to learn it and stand an exam on it...?
     
  2. owls84

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    Absolutley nothing. If any of the 20+ lodges changed anything then it would tap into our membership base that we continue to see every month. If the lodges in my area changed then we wouldn't see the candidates coming out of the woodworks. So I am happy with everything just the way it is.
     
  3. Nate C.

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    Every Lodge should have....ice cream.


    Uh, sorry. I have Blue Bell on my mind at present.
     
  4. TexMass

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    So how do we get this to the GL of TX? Even if 10% of the ideas presented were accepted it would put them in the forefront.
     
  5. Mike Cameron

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    Masonry is supposed to make changes to the man not the man to Masonry. Masonry did not make it this far and still keep the same ideals by being overly customized. Having said that, I would like to see more historical education. Our work only teaches us part of the bigger picture of what and why masonry is.

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    I agree. Our work is in Old English therefore sometimes hard to understand. I have known many good Masons who don't understand the phrase "Woe is me", among others. if we don't have a proper understanding of what we are memorizing than what does it really mean to us? It's only words. If you don't know what it means, please, look it up.

     
  6. cemab4y

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    There are some terrific comments here. I want to stress, that I am NOT interested in chaging Masonry. I am however, very interested in improving the Masonic experience. There are many, modern, procedures, and adminstrative techniques, that can be brought in, and we can still keep true to our "roots" (pardon the cliche).

    Notwithstanding, that Masonry has existed for centuries, our Beloved Craft, is a "work in progress". Twenty years ago, the internet was in its infancy. Now, if you google "Freemasonry" you will get over 1,400,000 hits! The Grand Lodge of Virginia, has a twitter page. There is masonic "app" for the I-phone. All of these technological CHANGES have benefitted Freemasonry, and enhanced our Masonic experience.

    I would love to see more Masonic education! Ritual makes members, but education makes MASONS!

    The system of free (tax-supported) public education we have in the USA, is the direct result of the Freemasons, starting the first public schools. The great reformer, Horace Mann (freemason), instituted reforms and procedures, many of which are still in place today.

    A lodge in Kansas City, underwrites the cost of public television programs on KCPT-TV, which carries on our splendid tradition, with a modern update. Horace Mann could never have imagined television, but I am certain he would have embraced it!

    Let us keep our cherished Craft, "anchored" to our traditions, and have the courage, to embrace new technologies and practices!
     
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  7. mark!

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    I think this is a great way to look at things. We mustn't look at it as if we're changing Masonry as a whole, but that we're simply changing, enhancing the experience of Masonry.
     
  8. Mike Cameron

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    I agree wholeheartedly, I just meant that while we are catching up to the times, we need to be aware that it is very easy to get carried away with new and exciting changes. There is always the danger of going overboard and in turn potentially compromising other area. This is just my opinion.
     
  9. JTM

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    Thread from 09. If you'd like to continue to discuss this topic, please start a new thread.
     
  10. cemab4y

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    Can do.
     
  11. JTM

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    Forgot to close it.
     
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