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This group meets monthly to discuss subjects of import to humanity and how it relates to Freemasonry. From philosophy and religion to science, history, and politics, this study center debates any subject under the sun in the hope to understand the world and one’s self in it.

Universal Freemasonry is a fraternity including men and women of every race, nationality, and religion. Wishing to do away with all cause for division and strife, it continually seeks the means which to help all human beings to unite and work together for the perfecting of Humanity.

Any person who is a freethinker, tolerant and open, and who seeks rational discourse is invited to attend and learn more about one’s self, the world, the universe, and Freemasonry.

Upcoming events (5)

Society, Community or Family: What is our Role in the Education of our Youth

April's topic will be conducted by Brother Charlotte Achen on a study of Freemasonry: Society, Community or Family: What is our Role in the Education of our Youth After a short lecture, a discussion and debate by the group will follow. In sowing the seeds of our future, what is our role in the upbringing of the children in our community? Are we sufficiently preparing them for an ever-changing society with the skills to survive? This month''s M.P.S. will examine questions regarding what role our society, community and ourselves have in the education of our current (and future) youth. Additionally, questions regarding what type of education, skill-sets, is our current education gearing our children for and how much has this evolved over the past 100 years. Mission Statement The Masonic Philosophical Society embraces the concept of learning, not for school, but for life, and believes that all men, who seek it, deserve access to continued education. We further embrace the concept of a community environment, where ideas can be shared and debated in an open forum. From the seven liberal arts to the arcane, we seek to gain and to share the knowledge that is the legacy of mankind. More Resources Website: http://www.philosophicalsociety.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/masonicphilosophicalsociety Learn more about Freemasonry: http://www.universalfreemasonry.org

Does the music we listen to have an effect on our health and well-being?

May's topic will be conducted by Brother Karen Phelps on a study of Freemasonry: Does the music we listen to have an effect on our health and well-being? After a short lecture, a discussion and debate by the group will follow. Throughout history, music has been used to influence social change, heal physical, emotional, mental and spiritual suffering, restore lost speech, encourage and motivate, treat trauma, strengthen warriors and unnerve or scare enemies. In this discussion, we will explore the powerful effect of music on our state of mind and learn how to choose appropriate music more consciously for the desired result. We will also examine how Freemasonry uses sound and music in its rituals to evoke varied responses. Mission Statement The Masonic Philosophical Society embraces the concept of learning, not for school, but for life, and believes that all men, who seek it, deserve access to continued education. We further embrace the concept of a community environment, where ideas can be shared and debated in an open forum. From the seven liberal arts to the arcane, we seek to gain and to share the knowledge that is the legacy of mankind. More Resources Website: http://www.philosophicalsociety.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/masonicphilosophicalsociety Learn more about Freemasonry: http://www.universalfreemasonry.org

What is Compassion?

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July's topic will be conducted by Brother Karoli Clever on a study of Freemasonry: What is Compassion? After a short lecture, a discussion and debate by the group will follow. There are many emotions that guide the individual or larger group to respond to need, to help or lend comfort. Compassion may be a core programmed behavioral response or learned from nature, experience, or environment. We will explore what makes up compassion, something that many Freemasons aspire to attain. Mission Statement The Masonic Philosophical Society embraces the concept of learning, not for school, but for life, and believes that all men, who seek it, deserve access to continued education. We further embrace the concept of a community environment, where ideas can be shared and debated in an open forum. From the seven liberal arts to the arcane, we seek to gain and to share the knowledge that is the legacy of mankind. More Resources Website: http://www.philosophicalsociety.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/masonicphilosophicalsociety Learn more about Freemasonry: http://www.universalfreemasonry.org

Could Marcus Aurelius Have Been the First Freemason?

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August's topic will be conducted by Brother Andrea Katzer on a study of Freemasonry: Could Marcus Aurelius Have Been the First Freemason? After a short lecture, a discussion and debate by the group will follow. Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor from 161 to 180, was a practitioner of Stoicism. His writing called “Meditations” is a significant source of our modern understanding of ancient Stoic philosophy and could be considered the source of Masonic morality. The goal of Stoicism is freedom from passion through the pursuit of reason and apathy, in its ancient sense of being objective, unemotional and having clear judgment. In many respects, it bears a remarkable similarity to the ethical teachings of the Buddha and the four noble truths of Buddhism, and it also bears a remarkable similarity to Masonic teachings. Well explore how the writings of Marcus Aurelius perhaps built the foundations of Modern Freemasonry. Mission Statement The Masonic Philosophical Society embraces the concept of learning, not for school, but for life, and believes that all men, who seek it, deserve access to continued education. We further embrace the concept of a community environment, where ideas can be shared and debated in an open forum. From the seven liberal arts to the arcane, we seek to gain and to share the knowledge that is the legacy of mankind. More Resources Website: http://www.philosophicalsociety.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/masonicphilosophicalsociety Learn more about Freemasonry: http://www.universalfreemasonry.org

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