A really idiotic petition to the White House

whitehouseThere are currently some really odd petitions that go before the White House on their petitions page.  The only thing that has held true since this petition system was created is that nothing ever happens, no matter how many “people” sign the online petition, unless it’s politically expedient to make a speech about it.

Then a speech is made, and the petition is quickly forgotten.

There’s a new one that just popped up on July 5th regarding Freemasonry:

Prevention of fraud being committed by organizations falsely presenting themselves as the Fraternity of Freemasons. Read more »

On this date in Masonic History

GooseAndGridironBefore it was the Grand Lodge of England, the Grand Lodge of London and Westminster was founded on this date in 1717.  Four London lodges met at the Goose and Gridiron Ale-house in St. Paul’s Church-yard for a joint dinner. These first Lodges were made up of three operative Lodges (the Goose and Gridiron, the Crown, and Covenant Garden)  and a single speculative Lodge (Rummer and Grapes). At the time, Lodges were generally named after the locations they met at, and most Lodges met in ale houses.  Hence the colorful names.

The newly formed Lodge became known as the Grand Lodge of London and Westminster, led by Grand Master Anthony Sayer.

May 26, 2014 - Masonic Education    No Comments

The Masonic Roundtable podcast

themasonicroundtableThe Masonic Roundtable is a weekly panel of Masons started in February, 2014.  They come from around the United States and discuss the latest and greatest in Masonic news, events, scholarship, and happenings.

The group is made up of:

  • Bro. Jon T. Ruark, Past Master of The Patriot Lodge No. 1957 in Fairfax, VA.
  • Bro. Jason Richards, an officer in Acacia Lodge No. 16 in Clifton, VA.
  • Bro. Juan Sepulveda, member of Eola Lodge No. 207 F. & A.M. in Orlando, FL.
  • Bro. Nick Johnson, Past Master of Corinthian Lodge No. 67 in Farmington, MN.
  • Bro. Robert Johnson, an officer in Waukegan Lodge #78.

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May 25, 2014 - Masonic Activities    No Comments

2014 Masonic Restoration Foundation Symposium

masonicsymposiumThe Fifth Annual Masonic Restoration Foundation Symposium will be held at the Cincinnati Masonic Center on August 15 – 17, 2014. This national symposium will feature speakers and workshops focused on enabling Masons and Lodges to improve their Masonic experience.

This year’s Symposium will be jointly hosted by four Lodges: Lodge Vitruvian No. 767 (IN), Caliburn Lodge No. 785 (OH), Arts & Sciences Lodge No. 792 (OH) and Lodge Ad Lucem No. 812 (PA). They represent the full spectrum of observant Lodges – from European Concept to Traditional Observance.

The support of the Grand Lodge of Ohio and the Scottish Rite Valley of Cincinnati are gratefully acknowledged!

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Apr 23, 2014 - History of Masonry    No Comments

Second Temple period chisel found near Kotel in Jerusalem

ChiselA 2,000 year-old chisel found last year by the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) may have been used during Second Temple period to construct Western Wall.

The Israel Antiquities Authority said that while the chisel was unearthed last year, it is waiting for research on it to be completed before issuing an official announcement on the discovery.

Archaeologist Eli Shukrun, who heads the dig at the bottom of the Temple Mount near the Western Wall, stated that the discovery was very exciting. “It is a 15 CM long ancient chisel. For the first time, after 2,000 years, we are in the possession of a work tool used by the builders who built the Kotel, the Western Wall.”

“I have no doubt that it belongs to the time the Wall was built,” Shukron said. “We found it at the base of the Western Wall, about six meters below the main street of Jerusalem in the era of the Second Temple. The coins we found in the area, and ceramics too, indicate that it was at the time the Western Wall was built.”

“The chisel itself was found inside rubble of stone chips that fell from the stonemasons working on the rocks comprising the Western Wall,” he added.

Additional findings by the same team of archeologists include cooking utensils, weapons from the Roman empire, and a golden bell that could have been used by priests in the temple.

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