Freemasonry – What is it?
- Freemasonry is a fraternal organization which consists of a body of men brought together for the benefit of mutual intellectual, social and moral improvement.
- Freemasons’ values are based on personal integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness.
- Freemasonry is non religious and recognises no distinction of religion whilst emphasizing the duties of citizenship. Thus all men of whatever belief be they Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh or Jewish can meet and work together as brothers in Freemasonry.
Religion and Politics are never discussed at meetings.
- Freemasonry does not provide for any financial gain and it does not expect any candidate for membership to approach the organisation expecting or citing financial gain as a reason for joining.
- Freemasonry is one of the largest UK organisations in the field of charitable giving with members raising millions of pounds each year from within the membership to provide for both national and international causes, as well as more local worthy causes.
Both Masonic and very many Non-Masonic charities benefit from this fund raising fund raising which include the Hospice movement, St John’s Ambulance Service, Medical research, Air Ambulance Services.
- Currently, there are in excess of 200,000 Freemasons meeting in more than 7,000 Masonic lodges throughout England and Wales. In Derbyshire there are just under 3,000 Freemasons meeting in 74 Lodges.
- All candidates for Freemasonry will have their own reason for joining.
However, for many Freemasons membership acts as a ‘constant’, providing a unique combination of friendship, belonging and structure, with many stating that they have made valuable lifelong friendships whilst enjoying a sense of fulfilment.
Above all and for most, Freemasonry is simply an enjoyable hobby.
The Three Great Principles
For many years, Freemasons have adhered to three great principles, representing an approach to achieving a higher personal standard in life – respecting everyone, caring for others and being honest:
- A true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding to others.
- Freemasons are encouraged to practice charity, and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole, through charitable giving and voluntary efforts and works as individuals.
- Freemasons strive for truth, requiring high moral standards and aim to achieve them in their own lives.