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A BASIC MASONIC EDUCATION COURSE

FELLOWCRAFT

BASIC TEACHINGS OF THE SECOND DEGREE

In one sense the Fellowcraft Degree symbolizes the stage of adulthood and responsibility during a man's life on earth. In this stage, his task is to acquire knowledge and apply it to the building of his character and improving the society in which he lives. As the father of our Masonic lectures, William Preston saw Masonry as a means to educate men in the liberal arts and sciences. A Fellowcraft Mason is urged to advance his education in these fields during the ritual of this Degree. Some view the three grade system of Blue Lodge Masonry as representing a progressive teaching directed toward perfecting human nature. It is a simple and straightforward view of human nature divided into three parts: body, mind and soul. Each Degree addresses and instructs one part. The First Degree encompasses the body and our faculties of action in the world. The four cardinal virtues are extolled as the proper guides to our action in the world that we may perfect our relation to it. The Second Degree addresses the mind and its faculties. We are instructed in the Seven Liberal Arts and Sciences which were formulated hundreds of years ago in order to develop and perfect the mental nature. The intention was to prepare the mind for spiritual truths. The Third Degree confers the central Mystery of Freemasonry; that is, how the soul may be brought to its perfection. If we accept the view of Masonry’s purpose given above, then it is obvious that the Fellowcraft Degree encompasses much more than just gaining a broad-based education. The teachings of this Degree are extremely profound and surprisingly exact.

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A BASIC MASONIC EDUCATION COURSE

THE MASTER MASON DEGREE

Master Mason is the third and last Degree in the Masonic Blue Lodge. This Degree was originally called the "Summit of Ancient Craft Masonry." The whole system of Craft Masonry is intended to present the symbolic idea of man’s pilgrimage on earth.

JUDGE AUGUSTUS WOODWARD 

A Freemason and Founder of the First Complete Public Education System in America

by Richard H. Sands, 33o , P.G.M. - Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of Michigan

Abstract

The Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons is the oldest existing fraternity in the world.  Freemasons historically have made important and essential contributions to the War for Independence and the fabric of this country.  Among the Freemasons responsible for the first public school system (elementary and intermediate with a university at its apex) in America*, including the beginnings of the University of Michigan, was Judge Augustus Woodward, the first of three federally appointed judges in the Territory of Michigan.  His life, education, and contributions are traced in this paper.

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FRATERNITY AND HISTORY
The Past And Present Of Ann Arbor Fraternity Lodge No. 262

SEAN S. DYKHOUSE, PM

THE TRUE MEANING OF FRATERNITY IS BROTHERHOOD, it has long been established. The group of men that meets under the auspices of the Free and Accepted Masons of Michigan and under the charter of Lodge No. 262 is no different, yesterday, today and tomorrow. The members are brothers all, and their history is just as much a family tree as a listing of historical events one might find in a club's written timeline.

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WHAT IS AN INTENDER?

The term "Intender" comes to us direct from the old operative Lodge of Scotland. More than 119 years before the first Grand Lodge was formed the Intender was an important official in the Lodges in Scotland, entrusted with the instruction of new candidates. At that time the word "intend" meant: to stretch out, extend, expand, increase, intensify. Therefore, the Intender was a faithful companion and teacher whose duty it was to stretch out, extend, expand, increase, and intensify the knowledge and understanding of the younger craftsman in the Science of Masonry.

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Masonic Temple Space Requirements

"In architecture, form follows function" - Walter Gropius, FAIA, Freemason

Karl W. Grube, Ph.D.

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Temple Space Requirements

"Prairie Architecture envisions nature and man in harmony”

Frank Lloyd Wright, FAIA, Freemason

Karl W. Grube, Ph.D.

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About - Walter Gropius and more here - Walter Gropius was the founder of the Bauhaus School in Dessau. and here  Architect Walter Gropius was one of the most important architects and educators of the 20th century.

About - Frank Lloyd Wright and - site offers a complete guide to Frank Lloyd Wright's built work, along with pages concerning other aspects of this important architect, such as his life and quotations.

Concrete Pyramids

By Isabel R. Harris and Matthew W. A. Bruder V

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Ten Commandments of Masonry

Compiled by Albert Pike

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The Orders of Freemasonry

"...If all men had always obeyed with all their hearts, the mild and gentle teachings of Masonry, that world would always have been a paradise; while Intolerance and Persecution make of it a hell.  For this is the Masonic creed: BELIEVE, in God's infinite benevolence, wisdom and justice; HOPE, for the final triumph of good over evil, and for the Perfect Harmony as the final result of all the concords and discords of the Universe; and be CHARITABLE, as God is, towards the unfaith, the errors, the follies and the faults of men; for all are one great Brotherhood."

Albert Pike, The Meaning of Masonry, 1858

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THE HOLY KABBALAH

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25 LANDMARKS OF FREEMASONRY

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FIVE POINTS

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The Apron

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How the Scottish Rite Come to Michigan

When To Wear The Scottish Rite Cap
If wearing the cap is in good taste and appropriate for a positive Scottish Rite image, it is time to educate the general public regarding the cap, who is wearing it, and the organization it represents.

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TYLER’S PEDAGOGY

Karl W. Grube, Ph.D., 32°

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MASONIC MEMORIAL SERVICE

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MASONIC MEMORIAL SERVICE II

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Masonic Funeral  Planning 

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Freemasonry in Taiwan

By Shih-Ho (Simon) Chao

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Identifying Historical Masonic Temples in Michigan

Through Unique Architectural Stylization

Despite Different Architectural Styles (1890-1930)

By  Bro.Brian J. Shorkey PM

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SHORT TALKS - Reviewed from Pietre Stones. By Karl Grube  - HISTORICAL SURVEY

By Bro. Karl W. Grube, Ph.D., President of Bonisteel Masonic Library