Masonic Organizations in MN
Outside of traditional “Craft Masonry” (a.k.a. Blue Lodges) in the United States, there are a number of closely related organizations which require that one either be a Master Mason, or have some close relation to a Master Mason, in order to be considered for membership.
These bodies are commonly referred to as “Appendant Bodies”. Appendant bodies are sovereign unto themselves and have their own differing systems of governance and hierarchy. They considered by the wider community of regular Freemasonry to be Masonic organizations, both because of their requirement that members be Masons, and also because of their use of initiatory systems similar to Craft Masonry, employing ritual and moral allegories to teach philosophical lessons. Thus, they enjoy warm relations and official recognition as legitimate branches of the Masonic family tree.