Ahiman Rezon exhibition|
To mark the 250th Anniversary of the
publication of the first Book of Constitutions
for the Antients Grand Lodge, the Library
and Museum is putting on display its unique
collection of editions of Ahiman Rezon.
The display will examine the history
and development of this important Masonic
text, the masterpiece of Laurence Dermott,
Grand Secretary of the Antients.
The first edition drew heavily on the
Books of Constitutions written for the
Moderns Grand Lodge by James Anderson,
but later editions contained more original
material and were much more critical of
the Moderns, so the book is also the story
of the rivalry between the two.
The exhibition will examine the sources
for the book, its supporters, the importance
of poetry and song, its publishing history
and the legacy the book has left behind.
Included in the display will be a number
of first editions, the second edition of 1764,
with the first official publication of the arms
of the Antients Grand Lodge.
There is a copy of the 4th edition with
a fine Masonic binding that was used by the
Grand Lodge itself, and a newly acquired
copy of the 7th edition belonging to a
military Lodge attached to the 4th Battalion
of the Royal Artillery.
The Library and Museum online
catalogue lists all the editions of
Ahiman Rezon held by the Library and
Museum with further details. Also go to
for further information.
The Cornerstone Society’s 2006 Summer
Conference will be held at Freemasons’
Hall, London on Saturday, 24 June with
registration at 12.45pm. Speakers will
include Trevor Stewart, 2004 Prestonian
Lecturer with The Way Forward, David Sims
(A Search for the Genuine Secrets?) and Kai
Hughes (The Psychology of Freemasonry).
There will be a ritual workshop and
discussion Panel. Dinner is at the New
Connaught Rooms (6pm). Conferenceonly
tickets are £15 each and for the
conference and dinner £39.50.
Application forms and full details available
on line at www.cornerstonesociety.com or
from The Secretary, Cornerstone Society,
‘Bellfield’, 13 Victoria Road, Lytham St
Annes, Lancashire fy8 1le. Please enclose
a stamped addressed envelope.
In addition, a lecture tour in November
2006 is planned, details to be announced,
for Brent Morris, one of the world’s
foremost Masonic scholars. He is Editor
of the Scottish Rite Journal of Freemasonry,
Southern Jurisdiction USA and author
of several Masonic titles. This tour will
combine with the Northern Conference.
A programme of Cornerstone Society
lectures for Lodges throughout the year
is being put together. Interested Lodges
should contact the secretary.
Trials are in process at the moment
of the Lodge Orator scheme in several
Provinces in conjunction with Grand
Lodge. As the trials progress, details will
be published. Please check the website
Canonbury Masonic Research Centre
CMRC 8th International Conference
(4–5 November 2006)
The Knowledge of the Heart: Gnostic
Movements and Secret Traditions:
Call for Papers
Contributions are invited from scholars of
all disciplines, whether Freemasons or not.
Papers should contain hitherto unpublished
research, and may be wide-ranging as to
the content, chronology, and treatment.
Gnosticism, which was closely
related to the Hermetic Tradition,
arose within the Church in its identifiable
forms in the second century, as a group
of heterodox schools of thought that had
originally developed within earlier pagan
The diverse forms of Gnosticism are
characterised by their dualist beliefs, and
by their reliance on revealed knowledge
(gnosis) rather than on grace as the means
However, in the course of the last
century, the term Gnosticism has been
applied to the philosophy and spirituality
of a far wider range of esoteric movements.
It is anticipated that the range of papers
presented at the conference will reflect
this broader view.
This conference will seek not only
approaches to Gnosticism and related
movements as an historical phenomenon,
but also in its broader sense, as a continuing
philosophical and religious influence on
present day spiritual movements – including
Freemasonry. Papers may also relate to
the wider cultural influence, both real
and assumed, of Gnosticism and related
The deadline for suggestions for papers is
31 May 2006. Conference proposal should be
accompanied by a synopsis of approximately
300 words, and a short biographical note on
The proceedings of the conference will
be published in the series Canonbury Papers.
Conference enquiries should be directed
to Carole McGilvery at the CMRC office.
Canonbury diary dates
Public lectures (Wednesdays, 7-9pm. Entry
fee £7) are held at Canonbury Academy,
6 Canonbury Place, London n1 2nq.
April 19: The Spiritual Alchemy of the Golden
Dawn (Charles “Chic” Cicero.
May 17: The Danish Masonic Order in the
1850s (Erik Westengaard).
June 21: The Tree of Life & the Holy Grail:
An introduction to Rudolph Steiner’s Etheric
Science (Sylvia Francke).
To reserve a place please send a cheque for
£7 made payable to Canonbury Masonic
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