Freemasonry means different things to each of those who join. For some, it’s about making new friends and acquaintances. For others it’s about being able to help deserving causes – making a contribution to family and for society. But for most, it is an enjoyable hobby.
What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest secular fraternal societies. It is a society of men who are concerned with moral and spiritual values. Members are taught its precepts (moral lessons and self-knowledge) in a series of ritual dramas which follow ancient forms, and use stonemasons’ customs and tools as allegorical guides.
Freemasonry is founded on the three guiding principles of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth which can be described as follows:
Every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding to his fellow creatures.
Freemasons are taught to practise charity and to care – not only for their own – but also for the community as a whole, both by charitable giving and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.
Freemasons strive for truth, requiring high moral standards and aiming to achieve them in their own lives. Freemasons believe that these principles represent a way of achieving higher standards in life.
What is it all about?
What are our values?
Freemasonry instils in its members a moral and ethical approach to life: it seeks to reinforce thoughtfulness for others, kindness in the community, honesty in business, courtesy in society and fairness in all things.
Members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount but, importantly, Freemasonry also teaches and practices concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.