Frequently Asked Questions
Is Freemasonry a Secret Society?
No. Freemasonry has publicly displayed
buildings and our members are always willing to discuss
their Masonic affiliation and the work we do. Freemasons
participate in public events such as parades and work publicly
in charities in their local area. Our yearly
installations of Officers are open to the public. Freemasons do keep
of their formal ceremonies private to preserve longstanding traditions.
Can I join Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is open to adult men
of all races and religions. If you are interested in Masonic
membership, you can
read more about how to join us.
Is Freemasonry a religion?
No. While Freemasons are encouraged
to worship in the religious institution of their own choosing,
and while Freemasons all must have a belief in a Supreme
Being, Freemasonry is not a religion. In fact, one of the
two issues that cannot be discussed in a Lodge is religion
(The other is politics).
Why don't Masons discuss Religion or Politics in a Lodge?
Since the early days of Masonry,
discussions of Religion or Politics have been prohibited.
It is felt that these are subjects that tend to separate
men, rather than bring them together. Since the Masonic
fraternity prides itself on warm, harmonious relationships
between members, we avoid any discussion of religion or
If I choose to join, what will I encounter in the
Masonic degree ceremonies are
like plays that are performed by the Officers of the
Lodge for the candidates. The degree ceremonies are
intended to teach lessons of friendship, morality,
charity, and Brotherly love. There is never anything
embarrassing or intimidating to the candidate in any of
I have heard that Masons take an "obligation" - what
is this obligation?
Masons take an obligation to help
fellow Masons to the best of their ability. However,
whenever this obligation is mentioned it is always
preceded with a statement wherein the Mason acknowledges
that obligations to his God, his country, his neighbor,
his family, and himself come first, before Masonry.
I have other questions about Freemasonry. How can I
get them answered?
We're happy to answer any of your
questions. Just contact
us and we will respond to you by email, US Mail, or
telephone, per your preference.