A negative opinion of Masonry found on the internet:
“…sorry to tell you, but since the fraternity became not so secret and you have reverted to recruiting rather than people coming on their own free will and accord, you are losing the battle for relevancy. 90% of your lodges will die with the baby boomers.”
One Mason’s response:
Thank you for sharing your perspective. It’s true that the Masonic fraternity, like many other organizations, faces challenges in the modern age. But change and adaptation have always been part of the Masonic journey. The core values of the fraternity — brotherly love, relief, and truth — remain timeless, and they resonate with every generation in their own way.
While some lodges may indeed face challenges in terms of membership and maintaining their buildings, it’s also a time of introspection and reinvention for many. It’s an opportunity to revisit our core values and find new, meaningful ways to express them in a world that’s rapidly evolving. Just as the tools of the mason were once literal and became symbolic, the way we express our values can transform to meet the needs of a new era.
The digital age brings both challenges and opportunities. While some may turn to online platforms for social connection, many are also seeking genuine, face-to-face interactions and meaningful experiences. Masonry, with its deep-rooted traditions of mentorship, community service, and personal growth, can provide that.
So, while the face of Masonry may change over time, its heart remains steadfast. The future may bring smaller lodges, digital gatherings, or new interpretations of ancient rituals, but the essence of brotherhood and the pursuit of wisdom will never fade. The Masonic journey is not about the size of the lodge or the secrecy of its rituals; it’s about the quality of the bonds formed and the impact made in our communities. In this way, Masonry remains as relevant as ever.
By attending Masonic Lodge meetings and learning from your fellow Masons, you’ll strengthen the bonds of fellowship as you join together with like-minded men who share ideals of both a moral and metaphysical nature. There are Masonic lodges on every continent on Earth, and in almost every nation. You’ll enjoy the friendship of other Masons in the community, and you’ll be welcomed as a “Brother” by Masons everywhere in the world. Freemasonry also promises that should you ever be overtaken by misfortune, sickness, or adversity through no fault of your own, the hands of our great fraternity will be stretched forth to aid and assist you.
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Welcome to Carmel Masonic Lodge #421, where Freemasons gather for fellowship, charity, and personal growth. We're excited to share that our lodge is growing stronger each year, with enthusiastic new members joining our community.
If you're not familiar with Freemasonry, we encourage you to learn more about it. Come and visit us at our lodge on Thursday evenings from 6pm to 7pm, and we'll be happy to answer any questions you may have. You can also view our Trestle Board to see upcoming events.
At 421, we pride ourselves on being an open and welcoming lodge, with a friendly and active atmosphere. Many of our members who haven't been attending regularly find themselves drawn back in by the positive energy of our community. Whether you want to participate in degree work or simply socialize with us, we welcome you with open arms.
We're constantly improving our communication with members through our website, email, and social media outreach, so you can stay informed about everything that's happening at our lodge.
Finally, we're thrilled to see the continued success of our vibrant Job's Daughters group, which provides positive activities for female teens and benefits both our members and the community.
We invite you to become a part of our growing community of Freemasons at Carmel 421 Masonic Lodge. Contact us today to learn more and get involved!
We have the year planned out and encourage anyone who has time, to view the Trestleboard for upcoming events.
In Hamilton County, the community level is currently classified as "LOW". Masks are not required to attend lodge, however, members or guests may choose to mask at any time. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a...