Taught to be cautious|
As Freemasons, we were taught to be cautious, but it comes as no surprise to read in the current Quarterly Communication of Grand
Lodge (see page 50 and 51)
that warnings have gone out
yet again about brethren from the English Constitution attending irregular meetings and unauthorised people visiting our own Lodges.
And these irregular meetings are not just abroad there are non-recognised Lodges within the UK. It is the responsibility of each and every member of the English Constitution to ensure that
they only attend recognised
As the Board of General Purposes also points out, the responsibility rests with the Master of the Lodge
to ensure visitors to our own Lodges are from recognised Lodges.
Note that it is not the
responsibility of the Lodge secretary, although he should be very alert to the problem and be advising the
Following Freemasonry in
the Community Week, we
have gone a long way to
dispel some of the sillier (and sometimes derogatory) myths about Freemasonry.
We need to keep a 'clean sheet' in this respect, and the procedures on how to ensure you are only attending a properly recognised Lodge are laid out in the note from the Board of General Purposes.
The message from the
Board is clear: read, digest
Changing tack, I cannot emphasise strongly enough
that this is your magazine.
I want to hear from readers on any suggestions you may have for articles, ranging from contemporary or historic individual Masons to more
general features, both Masonic and non-Masonic.
On another note, understanding more about Freemasonary is an important part of a Mason's education. I strongly recommend that all Masons should read John Hamill's article on page 56 to assist them in this direction.
Some readers will have received a questionnaire with
this issue. I know it is a pain filling these forms in, but it is a 'tick box' format and should
only take around four minutes to complete.
Please read the Grand
Secretary's letter that accompanies the questionnaire. It is essential that we have a good picture of who our readers are and what they want from us.
So do take the time to fill it in. There are many views held about what is perceived to be
the general background of members of the Craft. For
the first time in more than 300 years this questionnaire will give us some idea of who we really are!
If any of you know of any Brother who is not in receipt of MQ, please notify the Communications
I Department at Freemasons' Hall.
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