Thursday, November 29, 2007
The odd thing about this story is that it seems out of date compared to what we have already heard from Dan Brown's publisher that the book has been delayed to a later date with rumors on sites such as theBookseller.com, that The Solomon Key will not be released in 2007. Is this just pre-publicity? In a related story, Richard Leigh, the co-writer of such books as Holy Blood, Holy Grail and The Temple and the Lodge has died at the age of 64. The article is at the Telegraph Online.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
I have some misgivings about the advertising campaign. I know that we are hemorrhaging membership every year, but is this the answer? I believe that a major function that we serve is networking. Another side effect is that we get exposure from people that we may not want to join the Fraternity. I agree that we need to get out into the public, but is this too far?
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I have just been voted as Junior Warden of my Lodge. This is a great opportunity for me to be a voice for the youngest generation of Masons. I believe that it is a very important step, not only to me, but to give all younger Masons the opportunity to have a voice and a part to play. The newest Masons don’t even need to hold an office, but should be encouraged to join a committee and perhaps even head a Lodge project. I have a lot of great ideas, especially getting our Lodge into the public eye in Farmington, Lakeville, Rosemount and the surrounding areas.
I believe that I am up to the task and I want to thank the brothers for allowing me to take this opportunity to lead them into the future.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
The problem of debt also has a silver lining. Many more people in Generation Y are college graduates which means that they are highly educated. This situation is very good for Freemasonry because many of the young men that will join the Fraternity have a desire for knowledge. This desire is directly correlated with the interrogatories ask of all of our candidates. We need these highly educated individuals to keep the strength in our Fraternity.
I am not suggesting that we lower the dues for these young men or that we lower our standards. Dues for the Blue Lodge have been historically low. However, most young men don't know that dues are relatively low compared to many other service organizations or more importantly the networking possibilities. Hopefully, young men will begin to realize that the amount of networking that they can accomplish strongly outweighs the dues paid. As many more students graduate from college, they need these opportunities to network with people that can help them get a job. One program that we could institute is a multitude of guilds based on different professions. Young men should be encouraged to join these groups. Minnesota has a lawyers guilds that law students, lawyers, judges and other legal professionals can join and interact. There should be guilds of many more professions, such as doctors or engineers, etc.
The way to stay relevant in today's society is to realize that we are a Fraternity of mutual support committed to not only to brotherly love and truth but dedicated to the relief of other brothers and their families. Our commitment to relief should include helping young men to enter the workforce. With this proposition for increased networking, we can remain important and relevant to society.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
I was initiated into Freemasonry when I was 23 . This fact seems to run counter to everything that has been going on in the Craft for the last 50 years. I think I can change this trend. The Y generation has lived in a world of collaboration and team building. Most participated in some extracurricular activities in High School, College and beyond. They live on Facebook, Myspace and many other social networks. They text each other constantly and are in direct connection with what their friends are doing through Twitter, Pownce and Jaiku. Generation Y can be the next brothers in the Fraternity, all they need to see is that it is still relevant to today. According to the Masonic Services Association of North America, Freemasonry has hit its lowest point ever with a little more than 1.5 million members. We can change this statistic; we just need to reevaluate certain preconceived notions of what young men want.
This blog will attempt to answer these questions and also my own personal views of where Masonry is headed and what is best for the Craft. I also would like any comments or feedback from my readers. If you have any suggestions for topics, post a comment and I will attempt to answer them as soon as I get them.