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About Freemasonry

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Freemasonry is the world’s largest and oldest fraternity. We are a community of individuals who have come together to ponder the mysteries of life and to care for one another inside and outside of the lodge.

We promote democratic ideals in our communities as well as freedom of thought, speech, and religion. Freemasons believe that each is entitled to his or her own truth. As Brother Pike once said, “No human being can with certainty say, in the clash and conflict of hostile faiths and creeds, what is truth, or that he is surely in possession of it.”

Freemasonry is also a philanthropic organization. We donate millions of dollars and thousands of hours of volunteer labor everyday to countless charitable organizations all over the world, but what really sets Freemasonry apart from other fraternal and charitable organizations is education.

Freemasonry is, at its heart, an initiatic school of philosophy with a unique system of symbols and allegorical mythologies that have been handed down from mouth to ear for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years.

Some may wonder, “Why become a Mason, when the study of philosophy can be practiced in any number of settings?” It’s true. It is not necessary to become a Freemason in order to study philosophical ideas, and becoming a Mason most certainly does not automatically result in the acquisition of increased philosophical insight. We do, however, offer a great many wise truths through the study of Masonic philosophy. Chief among them is the importance of simply choosing to set out on a path of self-discovery in the first place.

The astute Mason, with a receptive heart and an attentive ear, quickly realizes that the completion of the degrees of Craft Masonry is merely the first step on a lifelong journey to greater understanding of himself and of the world around him, the true secrets of which lie on the far horizon of a life well spent.

Bro. W.L. Wilmshurst said of Masonry, “The most one can hope to do is to offer a few hints or clues, which those who so desire may develop for themselves in the privacy of their own thought. For in the last resource – no one can communicate the deeper things in Masonry to another. Every man must discover and learn them for himself.”

Every Mason takes away from our degrees a different set of ideas and brings to the table his own unique experience. Men of all walks of life, from every race and religion, no matter what their status or station outside the lodge, all enter through the same door, and all meet upon the level.

When you hear Masons say, “We take good men and make them better,” you may think that we’re elitist, that our intention is to elevate ourselves, to create a privileged society; but nothing could be further from the truth. For what lies at the heart of Freemasonry is an introspective quest for self-improvement. It is not that we desire to become better than others; rather, we desire for ourselves and for our brethren to be a little better today than we were the day before.

We believe that we have an immediate and enduring responsibility to improve the lives of everyone around us. Masons seek light, not for ourselves, but that we may carry it into the darkness and share it with the world.

Noah S. Bucher, P.M.

Scholarship Foundation

Each year, FOUR $5,000 scholarships are awarded by the Minneapolis Lodge No. 19 Scholarship Foundation to individuals pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies.

For more information visit our Scholarships Page.

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