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WHAT IS FREEMASONRY?

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Freemasonry encompasses individual perspectives, with each member finding unique meaning in their involvement. For some, it is a means of forging new connections and friendships, while others view it as a way to contribute to deserving causes, benefiting both family and society. However, for the majority, it is a fulfilling and enjoyable hobby.

As one of the oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal, and charitable organisations globally, Freemasonry holds a significant place. Its ceremonies enable members to gain self-knowledge and participate in a progression of symbolic rituals. Freemasons are expected to maintain high moral standards and are encouraged to openly discuss their involvement. The following information focuses on Freemasonry as practised under the United Grand Lodge of England, which oversees Lodges in England, Wales, and various international locations.

Freemasonry is a society of men dedicated to moral and spiritual values. Its principles and self-knowledge teachings are conveyed through ritual dramas, performed in two parts within each Lodge. These ceremonies follow ancient customs and employ stonemasons' tools as allegorical guides.

Central to Freemasonry is the cultivation of a moral and ethical approach to life. Its values revolve around integrity, kindness, honesty, and fairness. While family interests are paramount, Freemasonry also emphasises concern for others, especially the less fortunate, by providing support and aid.

To learn more about Freemasonry, we invite you to download our informational leaflet. With over 200,000 Freemasons across 7,000 Lodges in England, Wales, and overseas districts, each member joins for their own personal reasons. What inspires you to explore Freemasonry?

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