ISSUE 22, July 2007
Quarterly Communication: Speech of the Grand Master : Address of the Pro Grand Master : Report of the Board of General Purposes
Historic: Architect to a King
Young Masons: Value of a warm welcome
Faith and Freemasonry: The twin supports
Supreme Grand Chapter: Speech of the Pro 1st Grand Principal and Report of the Committee of General Purposes
The Grand Secretary: Notes
   Travel: In the footsteps of the pharaohs
Inventor: Voice of the people
Human Rights Court Judgement: Landmark victory for Masons
International Conference: Masonic history unveiled
The Grand Chancellor: Special overseas role
Specialist Lodge: Prior Rahere and his legacy
Public Service: Serving the famous
Education: Events : Importance of the cable tow
Lbrary & Museum: Fraternal art
Masonic Charities: RMTGB : Grand Charity : RMBI : NMSF
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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    Canonbury Masonic Research Centre
(All meetings held at The Canonbury Academy, 6 Canonbury Place, London n1 2nq)

CMRC Ninth International Conference:
Saturday and Sunday 3 and 4 November 2007.
Visions of Utopia: Masonic, Religious and Esoteric
A two-day conference presenting a broad spectrum of Masonic and other Utopian visions for society with an international forum of speakers from countries including the Netherlands, Israel, France, the United States, Germany and Britain.

Utopias of the Mind – Reality & Imagination: W. J. Wouter Hanegraaff (Chair in Western Esotericism, University of Amsterdam).
Reflections on Utopias and Everyday Life: Utopianism & Communitarianism: Lyman Tower Sargent (Professor Emeritus, Political Science, University of Missouri).
Campanella’s City of the Sun: Dr Peter Forshaw (British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow Birkbeck, University of London).
French Utopians and Freemasonry – 19th century: Pierre Mollier (Director, Library & Museum, Grand Orient of France).
Prince M.M. Shcherbatov’s Journey to the Land of Ophir: 18th century Russian Utopia Professor A. Lentin (Barrister and Tutor in Law, Open University).
Broken Masonry: Healing Europe with a dirty joke (Johan Valentin Andrea): Tobias Churton (Honorary Fellow, Exeter University).
The Idea of the New Jerusalem in Swedenborg & Blake: Richard Lines (Secretary, Swedenborg Society).
The Quest for Shangri-La – Compelling example of the Utopian Dream: Christopher McIntosh (Honorary Fellow, Exeter University).
Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis – The Matter of Desire and Political Utopia: Dr Guido Giglioni (Warburg Institute, Neo-Latin Cultural and Intellectual History).
Freemasonry as Virtual Utopia – Building a Better World: Leon Zeldis (Supreme Council 33rd Degree, Grand Lodge of Israel. Editor The Israel Freemason)
Heaven in the New World: Rosicrucian Art and the Shaker ‘Gift’ Drawings: Robert Gilbert (Past Master, Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076).
George Washington’s Masonic Vision for an American Utopia: Mark Tabbert (Director of Collections, George Washington Masonic Memorial, USA).

Registration forms from

Weekend conference fee £77
(£8.50 per day lunch optional)

For further information, tickets, accommodation, meals and travel contact Carole McGilvery, Tel: 020 7226 6256.

Public lecture programme
(Wednesdays, 7–9pm. Entry Fee £7)
17 October: The holy of holies: alchemy and the golden dawn: Robert Zinc (Imperator General, Esoteric Order of the Golden Dawn and the RR et AC, California)
21 November: Freemasonry – the reality: Tobias Churton (Honorary Fellow, Exeter University).
5 December: Mystical body; cosmic Christ: Roger Woolger
February 2008: Aleister Crowley: the man behind the myth: Geraldine Beskin (Proprietor, Atlantis, the world’s oldest occult bookshop).

Enquiries: Carole McGilvery 020 7226 6256. email:

For tickets, please make cheques payable to Canonbury Masonic Research Centre and send to cmrc, c/o The Canonbury Academy, 6 Canonbury Place, London n1 2nq.

    The Cornerstone Society
The 2007 Autumn Northern Conference will be held on Saturday, 10 November 2007 at Hemsley House, Salford, Greater Manchester. A wide range of speakers will deliver talks on a variety of topics of interest to all Master Masons and above. Details will be published shortly.
    The Cornerstone Society was set up in 1999, under the patronage of the Marquess of Northampton, to assist Freemasons in the search for answers to such questions as:
    What prompted me to become a Freemason?
    Is there more to Freemasonry than just tradition and fellowship?
    What is the process of initiation all about?
    And many more.
The Society operates through two annual conferences, one held in the south in summer and the other in the north in autumn. In addition, well-known speakers give talks to individual Lodges and Chapters during the year, and lecture tours are arranged. Any Lodge wishing to host a Cornerstone speaker should contact the secretary (details below).
    Trials are in progress of the Lodge Orator scheme. A series of Orations has been devised which, in the light of the pilot schemes operating in some Provinces, are being revised and polished in preparation for the appointment of Provincial Orators. As the trials progress, details will be published on our website.

The Secretary, The Cornerstone Society, 13 Victoria Road, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, fy8 1le. Email:

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