The Freemason Academy offers level courses on Masonic Education
On-Line College of Freemasonry
Why do we need college level courses on
Masonic history, ritual, philosophy, as well as practical leadership skills?
Because we stopped teaching these skills
more than a half-century ago!
Despite the warnings of Masonic scholars,
Freemasonry in the English speaking world continued to bury its’ head in the
sand. Brother Dwight Smith put it very bluntly when he wrote, " How can we
expect Freemasonry to retain its past glory and prestige unless the level of
leadership is raised above its present position?"
John Belton gives us a more chilling statistic. “In 1950 the average length of
time a Freemason was active in the Lodge was more than 20 years.” In fact, if
we compare the records of the first non-operative Masons who joined the
Worshipful Company of Freemasons in London in 1621, as found in Edward
Conder’s ‘Records of the Hole Crafte and
Fellowship of Masons’, that statistic
had been pretty constant for three hundred years.
the average Freemason stays for less than 5 years. After 300 years of constancy,
we have lost over 75% of our membership because no one cared to retain them.
After half a century not one Grand Lodge has instituted any standardized program
to change this.
reason for the lack of action is two-fold. First, the Fraternity stopped doing
the one thing it was really good at - teaching Freemasonry. Second, we decide to
go into the business of “Making Masons”. Form was preferred over function.
Memorization of words took precedence over knowledge. Men joined the Fraternity
because their father or uncle had been a Freemason. They wanted to learn about
Freemasonry but there was no one left in the Lodge to teach them, so they left.
when the problem became apparent to even the most intransient “mossbacks”,
they addressed it as they had addressed all other problems, by forming
committees do not come up with solutions. They talk, agree to meet again and
talk some more. Any recommendation which does come out of a committee will be
politically correct; change nothing of any significance. So 60 years later we
find ourselves on the brink with no solutions.
The Freemason Academy’s mission is to
teach solutions rather than talking about them.
It is an
autonomous Masonic education institute, under the sponsorship of the Philalethes
Here you can find not only courses on our history and our philosophy
but also on how to prepare for our future. We have a leadership course for Lodge
officers. The course draws on the lessons learned by IBM, Continental Airlines,
Harvey Davidson, Howard Johnsons, and other American companies who have come
back from the brink to regain their former dominance in the marketplace.
all the reference materials are available at your local bookstore or Library.
Group studies are encouraged. Any Masonic body signing up five or more people
for one course is eligible for a 50% discount which reduces the cost of these
individually mentored interactive courses to about $5 per lesson.
will go on line within the next 30
days, but in the meantime feel free to browse the courses we have already
uploaded. These are one-on-one college level courses. They average ten to twelve
session courses which require you to think. There are no multiple choice
answers, and there is no free lunch.
said it best more than 2,000 years ago, “If we are not for ourselves, who will
be for us? If not now, when?”
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