Lodge Lauriston 72 T.C., George Town, Tasmania

Frequently asked questions about Freemasonry

What happens at a lodge meeting?

The meeting, which like those of other groups, are open only to members, is normally in two parts.

First, there are normal administrative procedures such as:

Minutes of the previous meeting
Proposing and balloting for new members
Discussing and voting on the annual accounts
Masonic news and correspondence
News about charitable work

Second, there are the ceremonies for:

Admitting new members
The annual installation of the Master of the Lodge and his officers

Why do Freemasons take oaths?

Freemasons make solemn promises concerning their behaviour both in the Lodge and in society. They also promise to keep confidential the way they recognise each other when visiting another Lodge. Freemasons also promise to support others in time of need but only so far as it does not conflict with their family and public obligations.

Who do the Masonic charities donate to?

Whilst there are Masonic charities that cater specifically, but not exclusively, for Freemasons or their dependants, others make grants to non-Masonic organisations.

Are you not a religion?

Emphatically not. Freemasonry does not try to replace religion or substitute for it. It deals in a man's relationship with his fellow man not in a man's relationship with his God.

Why do some churches not like Freemasonry?

There are elements within churches who misunderstand Freemasonry and its objectives.

Is Freemasonry a political pressure group?

Definitely not. Freemasonry, as a body, will never express a view on politics or state policy. The discussion of politics at Masonic meetings has always been prohibited.

Is Freemasonry an international order?

Freemasonry exists throughout the world. However, each Grand Lodge is sovereign and independent. There is no international governing body for Freemasonry.

Why do you not have women members?

Freemasonry, following the example of medieval stonemasons, has always been restricted to men. Women who wish to become members have Grand Lodges restricted to women.

Why do you wear regalia?

Wearing regalia is historic and symbolic. Like a uniform, the regalia indicates the position and experience of the wearer in the organisation.

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