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Ask A MasonenCopyright 20172017-02-26T17:41:22-05:00Atheist
http://www.masonforum.com/viewthread/11783/#When:15:56:23Z<p>Due to a friend of the family having a domestic violence dispute, I started to look into her husband, after some digging I came upon his Facebook account and noticed he was a fellow brother “unconfirmed”. I mean he has a banner with a square and compass on it hinting at his travels. Well long story short i clicked on his bio and he proclaims to be a Freemason but also claims under his religion to be an Atheist! My question is can a fellow Brother be an Atheist and also be active in the Order? Please shed some LIGHT on this matter! S.M.I.B
</p>2017-02-21T15:56:23-05:00location of lodge
http://www.masonforum.com/viewthread/11780/#When:13:31:19Z<p>Its there in lodge for free mansions in Africa’s. Country Kenya .kindly contact me via my email jackkinoti at gmail dot com
</p>2017-02-15T13:31:19-05:00A social media presence
http://www.masonforum.com/viewthread/11787/#When:09:26:45Z<p>Hello everyone, I am in the process of petitioning my local lodge. I live in a pretty small town surrounded by other small towns and after roaming the Grand Lodge of Texas website I noticed a couple of things. The Grand lodge has both a web page and a social media presence while these local lodges near me do not…</p>
<p>For anyone who doesn’t know I am 22 years old. I’ll get to why I gave that information in a second. I’m sure this has been discussed many times on here before so I don’t see a need to get into this fact too deep but I am aware of the decline of members in the brotherhood at the time of my petitioning process some of this of course being attributed to the WW2 era being old and dying off.</p>
<p>Now I’ll get into why mentioning my age was somewhat relevant. Basically the question once I work my way through the degree work would it be appropriate to talking about creating web pages and managing other forms of an online presence for these local lodges that I am around? The reason I ask is because there is a big generational difference in the way my generation chooses to communicate and seek out information and how the older generations communicate. This disconnect I believe to be a big part of why smaller lodges struggle to have fresh faces.</p>
<p>As the saying goes. “To be one ask one.” A bit hard to do when the lodge doesn’t communicate the same way younger people like myself do. </p>
<p>Just curious on everyone’s thoughts.</p>
</p>2017-02-23T09:26:45-05:00Lodge in Jordan
http://www.masonforum.com/viewthread/11781/#When:15:21:54Z<p>Dear Brethren </p>
<p>I hope everyone is fine.</p>
<p>I noticed some posts from years ago regarding a regular lodge in Amman-Jordan, I was initiated, passed and raised in a lodge in England under the United Grand Lodge of England, however I moved back to Jordan, I would love to proceed in my masonic career. It would be really appreciated if anyone can help me in this manner.</p>
</p>2017-02-18T15:21:54-05:00Accidental candidate - need advice from Masons, Lodge officers
http://www.masonforum.com/viewthread/11778/#When:11:35:22Z<p>I had planned on visiting a few lodges in my area, and went to dinner at the first one last night. I had spoken with the lodge secretary on the phone last week, and I told him I just wanted to visit because I wasn’t sure which lodge I wanted to petition. For whatever reason, I took my petition with me, even though it wasn’t completed (I hadn’t finished filling out the references section). At dinner, the lodge secretary asked to see my petition, and I told him I wasn’t ready yet. He told me he just wanted to look at what I had so far. Then he asked me if I brought the petition fee and background check results. I told him that I hadn’t, because I wasn’t planning on petitioning that night. </p>
<p>So while I’m talking to another Mason, I look up and the lodge secretary is signing my petition with another lodge officer. He came back to me and said they were going to present my petition at that night’s meeting. Keep in mind, I have never met any of these men before in my life. </p>
<p>I hadn’t decided to petition that lodge yet, and had at least one other that I wanted to check out. Is there anything I can do? Am I stuck in this lodge? Isn’t there supposed to be an Investigation Committee? How can it be a close group of brothers if they let anyone with dues money in?
</p>2017-02-14T11:35:22-05:00Question about how to fill out the petition.
http://www.masonforum.com/viewthread/11784/#When:04:24:05Z<p>Alright hopefully I explain this properly please bare with me. First allow me to introduce myself. My name is Joshua though my friends often call me by a part of my pen name Solomon Grimm. I am 22 years old and have been interested in the brotherhood since the age of 12 when I went to a Shriners hospital for surgery.</p>
<p>I am currently filling out the petition for my local lodge and have a question regarding how I should fill out the places I’ve resided area of the form. I have lived in Texas almost my entire life with the exception of one year when I was in middle school where I lived in the state of Mississippi.While living in Mississippi my father informed me that Texas was still technically our permanent residence at this time.</p>
<p>Now with this said when the petition asks how long I have been in Texas should I state 22 years. 21 years for the 1 year I was in Mississippi, or does it start over from the time I came back to Texas until now which would be somewhere in the ballpark of 11 years?</p>
<p>Furthermore if I do put the full 22 years when I have to list the addresses in which I have resided for the last 15 years wouldn’t this be confusing to the lodge to say I have resided in Texas my entire life yet have an address in Mississippi listed?</p>
<p>Thank you for your time. <span style="font-size:14px;"></span><span style="color:blue;"></span>
</p>2017-02-23T04:24:05-05:00Becoming a freemason in Southern California
I live in Southern California, and I’m interested in becoming a freemason. However, I tried several times to make contact with the local lodges nearby (West Covina and Pomona), but no one responded to me, and the buildings are always closed. So, could anybody please help me and arrange a meeting with someone here?
</p>2017-02-21T02:53:59-05:00Iranian Lodge in Exile
http://www.masonforum.com/viewthread/7335/#When:05:41:53Z<p>I found this address in my searches who claims to be Grand Lodge of Iran. I wondered if it is a reliable connection to the Iranian Lodge in exile or not.<br />
the address is </p>
</p>2012-12-05T05:41:53-05:00Wanting to see my grandfather’s record
http://www.masonforum.com/viewthread/11785/#When:05:48:46Z<p>Is there a way in which I can find the information on my grandfather’s membership?
</p>2017-02-23T05:48:46-05:00I think the Lodge forgot about me…
http://www.masonforum.com/viewthread/670/#When:20:53:37Z<p>I peitioned my local lodge shortly before they went dark for the summer. I didn’t have a connection per se, I just introduced myself at an open house last year & it went from there. The current WM is the closest thing I have to a sponsor right now, he’s been my main point of contact since expressing interest.</p>
<p>I was invited to the lodge’s welcome back picnic and was supposed to be investigated then, so that they could vote on my petition at the first meeting. It seemed like we all had a good time—except None of the investigating commitee showed up, and they were supposed to get in contact with me to arrange something so that my petition could proceed. Two stated meetings have gone by since then, and I’m starting to feel like I was pre-blackballed by the investigating comittee before even getting that far. But, I realize that there could be plenty of other factors holding it up—just feels like I should have gotten a phone call of some kind by now.</p>
<p>What do I do? Initiate more contact, or just be patient?