Freemasonry is one of the oldest philanthropical societies in the world, our roots stem from the medieval stonemasons who built our castles and cathedrals. We use this building analogies, through a story of the building of King Solomons Temple to impress upon our members how to lead more productively useful lives in social, to build friendships and improve our communities.
What we are (Purpose)
We are a unique members’ organisation which has thrived for over 300 years. Having no political or religious affiliations, we comprise members of all ages, races, religions, cultures and backgrounds. We gather in our individual Lodges throughout the world where we carry out our traditions workings which encourage us to be more tolerant, respectful and active in our civic duties and charitable responsibilities.
What we aim for (Vision)
• To enable our members to develop into more thoughtful and confident people.
• To inspire and challenge them to practise the core values we celebrate -integrity, respect, charity, friendship – in their private and public lives.
• To cement our reputation as a force for good in our communities and society at large and as a thriving organisation that men aspire to join.
Guiding principles of Freemasonry (Values)
For Freemasons, there are four important values that help define their path through life: Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Charity. In today’s world filled with uncertainty, these principles ring as true now as they have at any point in the organisation’s history.
Integrity - Building good people.
Freemasons are focused on building themselves as people of integrity.
Being a Freemason gives members a sense of purpose, supporting and guiding them on their journey through life. Members are bonded through an understanding of unity and equitability – principles fundamental to Freemasonry.
Friendship - Building together.
Freemasonry provides the common foundation for friendships between members, many of which will last for life. This shared sense of togetherness strengthens the individual’s ability to be confident and grow.
Respect - Building unity
Freemasonry brings people together irrespective of their race, religion, or other perceived differences that can divide us as a society. Members are expected to be of high moral standing and are encouraged to talk openly about what the organisation does and what it means to be part of it.
Charity - Building compassion
Kindness and charitable giving are deeply embedded within the principles of Freemasonry and provides a structure for members to make positive contributions to their communities and various causes through fundraising events or volunteer work.