Our fraternity is ancient and honorable. We have documentation proving we’ve been in North America since 1733. The Grand Lodge of England was established in 1717. Rumor has it that Freemasonry goes back several centuries before that and our rituals tell us our fraternity was founded when the Temple of Solomon was built.
If you browse the library at Grand Lodge, you’ll find literature older than the country you’re residing in. Some of our more established lodges have regalia, books, and artifacts that have survived the lapse of time, the ruthless hands of ignorance, and the devastations of war. Masons are proud of this, and rightly so.
Masonry in Modern Society
Our past has been preserved and our tenets have persevered, but what about our future? The 21st Century is a very different time than the 18th, 19th, and 20th were. People communicate through text messages and tweets, shop online, and search for their desires on Facebook and Instagram. How do we adapt to that?
At Saint Paul Lodge in Gardner, we have a Colonial Masons Guild to preserve our history. Ironically, we’re using modern social media and email marketing to build CMG membership and send out communications and newsletters. The strategy is so effective that I decided to share it with my brothers in other lodges.
The program is titled Hiram’s Edge. Starting in September of 2017, it will be available in an online classroom setting and via email for those unable to attend in person. I designed it for Masters and Wardens, but all Master Masons are welcome.
Let’s Start a Discussion …
This space (my blog) will be used to keep you updated on what’s going on with Hiram’s Edge and also as a venue for open discussion. I want to know what you think, any suggestions you might have, and if you have similar Masonic Education projects in your lodge. Use the comment section below to give us your input.
Wor. Kevin D. Flynn
LOI Director of Content Creation
Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts
Hiram’s Edge Masonic Education