I recently was doing some research and found out that my great-grandfather was apparently a Grand Master of the Masons in Michigan for some time. After looking into it further, I thought that I would maybe like to continue the family tradition (since it ended with his death but went *way* back) as it seems that the Masons fit very closely with my own beliefs.
Here's the question...I am a female and am really interested in co-Masonry as opposed to Order of the Eastern Star or other "female" Mason organizations. Does anyone know if there is a co-Masonry lodge in the Oregon area? And after doing a bit of research, is co-Masonry really the exact same thing as the Masons with the only exception being that they allow women?
OK...it was more than one question. ;D But I'm curious and would like to learn more, so bear with me if they're stupid questions...heh
Here's the question...I am a female and am really interested in co-Masonry as opposed to Order of the Eastern Star or other "female" Mason organizations. Does anyone know if there is a co-Masonry lodge in the Oregon area?
Depends on how you define "the Oregon area". I don't know off the top of my head whether we have any lodges in that area, but if you talk to Bro:. Karen (Imakegarb) she'll be able to point you in the right direction in her obedience.
And after doing a bit of research, is co-Masonry really the exact same thing as the Masons with the only exception being that they allow women?
Yes and no. We work to the same principles and here and there to the exact same rituals, but mostly to our own. These rituals tend to be of a more elaborate nature -- and that is a very sweeping generalisation. There also tends to be among our (co-masonic) lodges a tendency to concentrate more on the esoteric side of freemasonry
But I'm curious and would like to learn more, so bear with me if they're stupid questions...heh
Keep on asking -- and remember that no question is stupid but that which you do not ask.
>is co-Masonry really the exact same thing as the Masons
I have been in both Co-Masonry and the male craft and I found Co-Masonry to be more satisfying spiritually and ritualistically. But lodges vary so you will need to check out your nearest Co-Masonic lodge for yourself
As Bro. Cora mentioned, I'm a Co-Mason and I live in Oregon.
To my knowledge, the lodge nearest to Oregon is mine. I attend lodge in Tacoma, WA., a four-hour trip for me each month.
If you'd like more information, please let me know.
From what I know of the Eastern Star, they also admit men, so long as they are Master Masons. But you are right, OES is *not* Masonry. Not even a substitute.
--Bro. Karen, 3° DISCLAIMER: I am not authorized to speak for my Obedience but am happy to offer personal opinions and observations. An authorized spokesperson for my Obedience may be contacted at the offices in Larkspur, CO.
Wow does that post ever hit home....You have recieved great advice. Welcome, and good luck on your quest. I'm sure you will be successful. My quest has been much the same as you can see from my past posts.
Cora is absolutely correct...there are not any stupid questions.
--Bro. Darylee, 3º, (Lady in Ohio) American Co-Masonry, American Federation of Human Rights My posts are my personal opinions. The Opinons expressed herein don't represent the opinions of my Lodge, Grandlodge or any other masonic jurisdiction. www.co-masonry.org/
I guess you could say we are the Coca Cola of Co-Masonry so to speak
Ah - THAT's why I am 'curvy' - I'm going to have to cut down on lodge meetings. ;D
often imitated never duplicated.
So we should thank them for the compliment maybe (Which ritual do you use? There is a choice in LDH)
We are in the process of forming a lodge in Oregon state. Please PM me for details.
That is great to hear treeoflife. I have rather gotten the impression that is difficult for quite a lot of US Brn to find lodges in their vacinity. It is much the same here in the Aust Fed. Lodge/s only found in some capital cities and some Brn have to travel vast distances to attend those. (One of our ladies has a four hour trip each way - as she is aging we worry about her.) Several states have no lodge at all.
This sparseness of lodges gives cause for a feeling if isolation as we are unable to visit other Brn. Fortunately for me, my husband belongs to the Male Craft (as we call them), and I am able to discuss Masonry with many others, including even his Grand Master/s, this, even though at official levels LDH is on the 'bad guy' list. Through this avenue I have also been most fortunate to meet some wonderful ladies from two other female only orders and ladies from the OES.
It is so nice that in this day and age most Masons are able to see for themselves that what brings people together is good, what does not is not. I think one of the great works that we masons can do in our time, is to work for mutual recognition of each other. United we stand - all just really good people doing our best to improve ourselves so that the world is benefitted and we glorify our Maker.
omni: In my Lodge the Secretary is a hugh bully along with control issues. if anyone even asks a question he files masonic charges against them. He controls members mostly because they are afraid of him.
Apr 16, 2018 1:07:49 GMT
The Ancient: To omni: Grow some balls, that lodge is yours as well as every member in that lodge. If you are right, its not your problem. Nobody likes the ugliness of masonic charges. Light will always illuminate darkness, don't be afraid, be a better man.
May 27, 2018 15:37:09 GMT
The Ancient: Oh, I am a new member and just wanted to say hi...
May 27, 2018 15:39:10 GMT