What is Masonry?
Freemasonry is the oldest, largest and most widely known fraternity in the world. It is dedicated to the Brotherhood of Man under the Fatherhood of a Supreme Being.
Freemasonry is not a secret society.
Freemasonry is not a religion, although it is of a religious nature in that it's members must believe in the existence of a Supreme Being. Freemasonry is not a political organization either; in fact, discussion of politics is forbidden at Masonic lodge meetings.
Freemasonry is, in essence, a society concerned with moral and spiritual values, which offers its members an approach to life that endeavors to reinforce thoughtfulness for others, kindness in the community, honesty in matters of business, courtesy in society, and fairness in all things.
From their earliest days, freemasons have helped the sick and aged, and members are encouraged to place paramount importance on the interests of the family, as well as caring for the less fortunate.
Masonry is distinguished from other fraternal orders by its emphasis on moral character, its rituals, and its long tradition and history. Masons work in harmony as a non-profit fraternal organization involved in charitable, educational and civic projects.
Masons represent virtually every occupation and profession, yet within the Fraternity; all meet as equals. Masons come from diverse political ideologies, yet meet as friends. Masons come from varied religious beliefs and creeds, yet all believe in one God.
Freemasonry offers its members insight and knowledge of history and philosophy, an appreciation for ancient ritual and symbolism, personal development, public service and hands-on involvement in charitable activities and community issues.