Queensland Freemasons – Answers to some of your questions……
Freemasonry is one of the worlds oldest and largest fraternal organisations. It provides a code of living in todays society based on moral and ethical standards. Its members strive to live by the principles of integrity, goodwill and charity.
As a non-profit organisation that supports numerous charities and community services, Freemasonry unifies men of high ideals, regardless of colour, creed or worldly status.
No. Until recently, our policy was to be rather discreet about ourselves, our community work and even our membership. However, times have changed…and so have we!
Today, Masons will often talk freely about their membership. Lodge rooms are often open to visitors and enquiries about Masons and their valuable community work, are always welcomed.
The secrets of Freemasonry are the traditional modes of recognition, just like pin numbers and computer passwords, and today are widely known through many books freely available.
No. Freemasonry does not instruct its members in what religion their religious beliefs should be, nor is it a substitute for religion.
Have a common belief in a Supreme Being.
Believe in high moral standards.
Believe in honesty in everyday life.
Upwards of five million Freemasons meet world-wide in buildings known as lodges. The word Lodge has been the traditional name for a meeting place since the middle ages. Most Masonic Lodges can be found in prominent locations in the community.
Just like your local club, Freemasons have a dress code at their meetings, usually formal attire; Black Pants, White Dress Shirt, Black Boe Tie and a Black Jacket. Each lodge is different though so it is always best to check.
It is a traditional and ceremonial form of recognition within the membership.
The same as the business meeting of any other organisation.
Instruction is given in the form of ancient ceremonies that teach the value of high moral standards.
Social gatherings which promote fellowship.
No. The ceremonies are not embarrassing to members. In fact, they are memorable experiences that members treasure and respect.
No. Masons are under a strict obligation not to use their connections to obtain any personal advantage, but of course, being known as a Freemason means that you will be recognised as a person of integrity who can be relied upon.
Because of a lack of knowledge. If you have any questions, just ask; because, today, Freemasons will talk openly about their beliefs.
Certain fees are expected of members; however, the fees are structured so as not to exclude any member of society.
It dates from the middle ages in Europe . Its present form began in the 18th Century in Britian and came to Australia in 1803.
There are many books available to the general public on the subject of Freemasonry.
Initially two nights a month. As you progress, further time may be needed but this is optional.
There is a place for women in Freemasonry. Traditionally Freemasonry has been just for men. However, within the Masonic family there are various individual orders which cater for all members of the family.
In some respects it is similar, such as in our charitable works, but Masonry can be distinguished from service organisations by its emphasis on the traditional manner in which it passes on its ancient beliefs.
If you would like any further information please feel free to contact either the United Grand Lodge of Queensland www.uglq.org.au Brisbane (07) 3229 3533.
Or you may also make contact with us here at Windsor Lodge, we would be more than happy to answer your questions.
I have heard enough – I want to become a Freemason! What next?
Congratulations – take a look at our page – Becoming a Freemason – and we will be happy to welcome you along to Windsor Lodge to learn a bit more and start the process of becoming a member.