Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. It teaches self-knowledge through participation in a progression of ceremonies. Members are expected to be of high moral standing and are encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry. The following information is intended to explain Freemasonry as it is practiced under the United Grand Lodge of England, which administers Lodges of Freemasons in England and Wales and in many places overseas, including here in the District of the Eastern Archipelago, consisting of Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.
Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught its principles (moral lessons and self-knowledge) by a series of ritual dramas – a progression of allegorical two-part plays which are learnt by heart and performed within each Lodge – which follow ancient forms, and use stonemasons’ customs and tools as allegorical and symbolical guides.
Freemasonry instils in its members a moral and ethical approach to life: its values are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount but, importantly, Freemasonry also teaches concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.
Each year, The Freemasons' Grand Charity provides relief grants for hundreds of individuals who are experiencing financial difficulty, as well as donating millions of pounds to nationwide charitable projects and services.
When you feel you are mature, ready to commit yourself, and understand that the only gain you will receive from joining is the friendships and your own moral and spiritual growth, then contact our Lodge Secretary. He will introduce you to some of our brethren and start the process of your application and eventual initiation. It is not something either you or the Lodge should rush. But we assure you that if you do eventually become a Brother in our Lodge, you will realise that this will be a major landmark in your life, and a major step in the continuing journey of self-improvement all men should strive for.
The Mission of all Freemasons is to engage and inspire good men, to live according to the Masonic tenets of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth, and to continually strive to improve oneself.