Lodge St Andrew No: 1437 S.C.  Singapore
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These   two   reports   below   are   the   first   ever   independent   study   conducted   by   a   non-Masonic body,    and    was    commissioned    as    part    of    the    build-up    to    the    United    Grand    Lodge    of England's   tercentenary   in   2017.   The   contents   applies   to   any   Masonic   body   irrespective under which consititution the Masonic body is governed by. Suitable reading for all Masons
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Masonic  Reports United Grand Lodge Of England
The Future of Freemasonry Produced   by   the   highly   respected   Social   Issues   Research   Centre   (SIRC),   an   independent,   non- profit   organisation   based   in   Oxford,   which   conducts   research   on   social   and   lifestyle   issues,   socio- cultural   trends   and   provides   insight   into   human   behaviour   and   social   relations,   the   report   suggests that,    contrary    to    some    misleading    commentary,    Freemasonry    actually    demonstrates    genuine openness   and   transparency   and   it   concludes   that   it   is   arguably   more   relevant   today   than   ever before. In    particular,    the    report    highlights    that    Freemasonry    acts    as    a    'constant',    providing members   with   a   unique   combination   of   friendship,   belonging   and   structure,   with   many Masons saying they have made valuable lifelong friendships. The      report      also      highlights      the importance   that   Freemasonry   places on    charitable    giving,    the    part    that many   Freemasons   play   in   their   local communities   and   the   central   role   of the    family.     As    well    as    instilling    in    its members   a   moral   and   ethical   approach to    life    –    including    thoughtfulness    for others,     kindness     in     the     community, honesty   in   business,   courtesy   in   society and   fairness   in   all   things   –   Freemasons are   the   largest   charitable   givers   after   the National   Lottery,   and   also   make   major contributions     to     international     disaster relief funds. The    role    of    ritual    is    shown    to    be    an important   part   of   Freemasonry   for   many members,   with   the   report   concluding   that   it   provides   both   structure   and   familiarity,   in   just   the   same way as the normal rituals of daily life do for many people. This    report    will    form    an    important    part    of    our    discussions    as    to    how    best    to    ensure    that Freemasonry   continues   to   evolve   and   adapt   to   meet   the   needs   of   its   members   and   also   of   wider society,   while   at   the   same   time   retaining   the   distinctive   character   and   intrinsic   values   that   have attracted members for centuries and continue to appeal to people today.
UNITED    GRAND    LODGE    OF    ENGLAND    LAUNCHES    STRAIGHT    TALKING    GUIDE    TO FREEMASONRY   AS   RESEARCH   REVEALS   THAT   NEARLY   HALF   OF   BRITISH   MEN   WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT IT UGLE   has   confronted   one   of   the   most   frequently   asked   questions   –   what’s   it   all   about?   –   with   the launch   of   a   straight   talking   guide   to   its   unique   organisation.         The   move   comes   on   the   back   of   the publication   of   the   first   ever   independent   study   into   Freemasonry   which   s howed   that   nearly   half (49%)   of   those   questioned   wanted   to   know   more   about   Freemasonry,   and   over   a   quarter (26%) of male respondents would consider joining. 'Freemasonry   –   What’s   it   all   about?'   is   a succinct   summary   of   what   Freemasonry actually     is,     clarifying     its     role     and relevance      in      society      today,      and dispelling      head      on      many      of      the commonly   held   myths.      It   highlights   the importance   that   Freemasonry   places   on charitable    giving,    the    part    that    many Freemasons       play       in       their       local communities,   and   the   central   role   of   the family.        It    also    explains    its    moral    and ethical     approach     to     life     –     including thoughtfulness    for    others,    kindness    in the    community,    honesty    in    business, courtesy    in    society    and    fairness    in    all things.     Freemasons     are     the     largest charitable     givers     after     the     National Lottery,       and       also       make       major contributions   to   international   disaster   relief   funds.   Citing   the   many   aspects   of   membership   such   as friendship,    personal    growth    and    development,    the    guide    includes    examples    of    people    that experience Freemasonry first hand.  Nigel Brown, Grand Secretary of the United Grand Lodge of England says: “Our   research   has   shown   that   there   is   a   real   appetite   to   know   more   about   Freemasonry   and   this guide   is   another   important   step   in   building   recognition   of   our   role   and   relevance,   openness   and transparency   as   we   approach   our   tercentenary   in   2017.
“Interestingly,   the   research   showed   40% of   male   respondents   who   would   not   consider   joining   stated   their   sole   reason   for   this   as   being   ‘it   is not   for   people   like   me’;   it   is   misconceptions   such   as   these   that   we   are   eagerly   trying   to   counter.   In reality,   Freemasonry   is   open   to   all   men   regardless   of   race,   colour,   religion,   or   social   or   economic standing.”  The   research   also   highlighted   that   more   than   a   third   (37%)   said   that   if   they   met   someone   they   knew to   be   a   Freemason,   they   would   be   hesitant   to   raise   the   subject   with   them,   while   a   further   20% would    definitely    say    nothing,    wrongly    believing    Masons    are    not    allowed    to    talk    about    their membership.      This   is   quite   the   contrary   –   Masons   are   actively   encouraged   to   discuss   it   and   the guide is further evidence of this.  The   new   guide   is   available   to   download   (just   click   it   above)   and   is   also   available   in   printed   copy from Freemasons’ Hall in Covent Garden.
Next to the word Mother, no word in our language has more meaning and music in it that the word Brother. It reaches to the deep places of the heart. It is religion, on its human side; and in it lies the hope of humanity.