Protectors of the Light and Seekers of the Truth
Freemasonry is an ancient system designed to impart morality and ethics, which teaches mutual service to its members. Instead of lecture or sermon, Freemasonry instructs its members by the performance of ceremonial degrees, each with its own teachings, symbols, and message. Thus, the Freemason is taught by experience to serve God, help his fellow man, and better himself.
In essence, Freemasonry is a great quest for Light, and her members are Knights and Protectors of that Light.
A Freemason's foundation is founded on the principles of human solidarity, freedom of conscience, and the facts of Brotherhood. It places no restrictions on the search after Truth, and in order to secure that freedom, it demands the greatest tolerance from all members of the Order. To a Freemason, the freedom of thought, speech, and action belongs to all Mankind: regardless of race, religion, or gender.
In accordance with the ancient declaration of Freemasonry, Freemasons assert the existence of a Supreme Power under the name of "The Great Architect of the Universe," yet at the same time leaving Human Reason at perfect liberty to differ in regard to His Attributes. Freemasonry is not a religion and possesses no theology, dogma, or promise of salvation. However, it is a religious organization in that it seeks to aid each of its members in their search after truth and light - encourages them to practice their faith diligently. Yet, Freemasonry demands that each Freemason be tolerant to the beliefs of others no matter how different they may be.
The door to Freemasonry is open to any individual, both men and women of any race, religion, or creed, requiring only a strong moral character, a belief in a Supreme Being, and a desire to improve our world through service.
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