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Oakland Scottish Rite turns back the clock

"SCOTTISH RITE CENTER"Samantha Clark from the Oakland Tribune is reporting in the Contra Costa Times that Oakland’s historic Scottish Rite Center is undergoing an extensive renovation.  From the article:

The Scottish Rite Center that overlooks Lake Merritt is undergoing a $1.2 million renovation to return the lodge to its original glory.

For 60 days, the building will close so workers can replace the roof, install LED lighting and sound systems and make the building handicap accessible. The grand dome theater will get a fresh coat of paint and 24-karat leafing on its details.

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Scottish Rite Geocache Event at the House of the Temple

mgsflyerOn March 9, 2013 there will be a Masonic Geocaching event at the House of the Temple in Washington, D.C.

From a facebook post:

ATTENTION ALL GEOCACHERS!
Join us on Saturday, March 9, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

This is a great opportunity for geocachers from all over to join us in Washington, D.C. to share and exchange ideas, and talk about caching. The event will take place in the rear of the building.

We hope everyone will be able to join us for this special Geocaching event in Washington, DC on March 9, 2013. We are honored to have Arturo de Hoyos, Grand Archivist and Grand Historian of Scottish Rite Freemasonry, as the feature speaker for the event!

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Question: Is Freemasonry a religion?

morals and dogmaAdditional Argument: “I read something in a book that made me wonder about this. The book is called “Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry” written by Albert Pike. Albert Pike is a confirmed Freemason, in fact there are currently lodges erected in honor of him, such as the Albert Pike Lodge #237 in Hopkins, Minnesota.

On page 213 of “Morals and Dogma” Albert Pike states, “Every Masonic Lodge is a Temple of religion; and its teachings are instructions in religion.”

Here is a link to the document showing thie above quotation: http://crossbearer-brian.tripod.com/id284.htm

Since Albert Pike was clearly an authoritative figure within Freemasonry and his book is still used today, is it true that Freemasonry is a religion? It clearly appears to me that this claim is true, however, I would like to hear from some Masons regarding Albert Pike’s statements.

What will the Masons say this time? Will they deny that Pike was a Mason? Will they claim the book doesn’t exist? Will they say that his quote is misconstrued or out of context? I have heard all of these responses before and would appreciate a clear answer.” Read more »

Degrees of the Scottish Rite

I originally edited together a bunch of dissimilar information into a comprehensive overview of the Scottish Rite back in 2007. Since then, what I wrote was lovingly copied and pasted onto a whole bunch of websites, with all reference to my sources and myself cut from the work. I’m reposting the work here, so I get at least SOME credit for the work I did. – Shawn Bell, 32°

Image by Mathew BradyHistory
Our Supreme Council has in its Archives copies of the Degrees of the Rite of Perfection and of additional Degrees, including the 33°, which were in use at Charleston in 1801. Some of these old Degree documents are fragmentary, and some Degree manuscripts have not survived the centuries.

In the mid-19th century, Grand Commander Albert Pike revised these Degrees. He retained the original titles, substance, and sequence. Out of his own great scholarship and knowledge of ancient philosophies, he added new substance and significance to the Degrees, which enhanced their importance. The Southern Jurisdiction has continued to use the basic Albert Pike Rituals. While the Rubrics permit variations in the manner of their rendition, the Degrees have remained otherwise relatively unchanged. The Pike versions are also widely, although not exclusively, used elsewhere. For the past several years, as authorized by the Supreme Council and its Committee on Ritual and Ceremonial Forms, Dr. Rex R. Hutchens, 33°, Grand Cross, author of several authoritative books about Pike’s writings, has worked with a resource team of experienced Brethren to modernize the language, accent the significance, and enhance the dramatic performance of the Pike Degrees. The Revised Standard Ritual maintains the moral vision and philosophical integrity of the original Pike Degrees while making them more accessible to contemporary Brethren. The new Degrees are being honed through authorized trial performances in Valleys throughout the Southern Jurisdiction and is the official Ritual of the Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction, U.S.A. Read more »

Knights of St. Andrew

The Knights of Saint Andrew is a chartered service group of the Scottish Rite designed specifically for 32nd Degree Masons. The Knights were first chartered in 1993 at Tulsa Oklahoma where they serve through visible participation in reunions and other Valley activities. Chapters of the Knights are organized to provide social and fraternal activities at the 32nd members and also to serve as a service organization to the Valley.

The Knights of St. Andrew is an elite unit select Scottish Rite Masons. Read more »

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