WHAT IS FREEMASONRY
Freemasonry means different things to each of those who join. For some it's about making new friends and aquaintances For others it's about being able to help deserving causes - making a contribution to family and society. But for most it is an enjoyable hobby.
Freemasonry is one of the world's oldest and largest non-religious, non-political fraternal 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 their Freemasonry. The following information is intended to explain Freemaonry as it is practised under the United Grand Lodge of England, the body which administers Lodges of Freemasons in England and Wales and in many places overseas.
Freemasonry is a society of men, concerned with moral and spiritual values. It's members are taught it's principals (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 guides.
Freemasonry instils in it's members a moral and ethical approach to life; it's values are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Members are urged to regard the interests of their families as paramount but, importantly, Freemasonry also teaches concern for people, care for the less fortunate, and help for those in need.