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Friday, March 25, 2016

The Hedge Mason: Blinded By the Light: Resolving Freemasonry's Prob...

[All too often, I suspect masons have come to experience a freemasonry which is mediocre.]

I cannot recall the number of times in 26 years I have used the word mediocre in connection with Freemasonry... and mediocrity rules the day as Freemasonry is concerned.

When fear, intimidation, and manipulation are utilized by a so-called leader, that is NOT leadership. Freemasonry is a voluntary association often run in the manner an ineffective, selfish CEO runs a business model that refuses to pay a livable wage, exception being that no wages are paid to anyone, neither literal nor symbolic.


[As for creating deep and critical divisions within the craft, do we not have them now?]

Yes, I too have seen the divisions in American Freemasonry over 26 years; divisions that remain in place due to dictatorial, ineffective leaders that seem unable to simply inspire the Craft that has voluntarily given authority to a Grand Lodge charged with managing/ supervising only.

As Bro. John Williams of the Phylaxis Society has stated in a series of articles titled "Masonic Growth", Grand Lodges make Lodges, and Lodges make Masons... Grand Lodges could stand to stay in their lane and allow lodges the room to do more of what they (the lodges) should be doing, namely making and instructing Masons.

And please know that I do realize there is no easy fix, but I do know that failure to learn from and follow Ecclesiastes 12: 1-7 will not produce any positive result.

Fraternally,

Raymond Sean Walters


The Hedge Mason: Blinded By the Light: Resolving Freemasonry's Prob...: Freemasonry is gradually wasting away. Only those masons who make the Ostrich Pose part of their Yoga regimen do not recognize this fact...

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Ohio Genealogical Society: Do You Have a Wild Streak?

I AM seriously considering submitting a proposal for 2017 to present, I just have to decide whom I would present on out of the several persons I have researched from the Upper Ohio Valley regional area... decisions, decisions!


Ohio Genealogical Society: Do You Have a Wild Streak?: Do You Have a Wild Streak? While the 2016 Conference is just a little over four months away, work is already underway for the 2017 OGS Call for Papers