The Unshaken Cornerstone

Community Unity

The only way to truly re-build solidarity in a community is via differing views being harnessed to bring about unity; by listening to those we may disagree with, in an attempt- to develop a vision which could unite people across the board.[1] We live in a time of corruption and we need a return to core principles and values. We must give up our certainties and return to truth (Arendt).[2] What is missing today in communities, is a finer perspective – this only comes from generational experiences. In this fast-paced world, how fortunate we are to sit and hear a view from another era

In 2017 Women Need to Re-unite

Families throughout the globe are setting aside their differences and beginning to accept diversity and complexities and respect the family bonds.

Thankfully this push is being implemented by both men and women, through the schools, workplaces and sporting clubs and Tertiary education. However. Consider those women who were an only child, live far from family for work. How about women who work alone, or those women who have no children, or their children have grown-up enough to be independent? Often children are the reason women are connected to sports and other areas of community life. I call ALL women to take the reins and get involved not just as spectators IN THIS LIFE but as participants.

Just As You Are

Ask yourself, at ‘exactly’ what age did you stop being involved? When did you show your kids NOT to get involved in the community as a participant? As a parent, do you drop of your kids and watch and cheer on the team but never join train and play yourself? When did you decide to do the ‘BARE MINIMUM’? When did you simply just GIVE-UP, and to become a spectator who attended an odd rostered canteen or cleaning bee as family? Because your children will follow the example you set as a parent. Many young people in society wear earphones to university, the gym and travel and DO not have the confidence to get involved, and at worse may become disconnected from society.

In a throwaway society, many have thrown out joining anything -themselves, in their life. Many families do not get involved but will take their kids along to community Girl Guides, Scouts, Theatre etc. What about ‘you’? what do you get to do for yourself?

We are without Excuse

Excuses takeover, ties to a strict regime of work, family and home responsibilities leave little time for building up ones-self let alone others. However, this is a broad sweeping negative stagnating lie-  we always have time to do what we want to do. Set excuses aside, because research shows-  women and men need brotherhood and sisterhood. Freemasonry offers women three arms in which they may join- each woman and master mason has a choice and is shown a way to develop and become the best they can be.

 Family Bonds

Many Master Masons maybe quite unaware of the OES. Master Masons along-with their wives, daughters, nieces and granddaughters.[3] In fact, even their Master mason sons can follow through into a degree of The Order Of Eastern Star.

There are youth orders as well for males DeMolay, and females – Job’s Daughter and Rainbow Girls- these Orders- also teach charitable acts and instil community values in the foundational years.

So You Think You Need No-one?

Since the first woman Eve, erred without the support of a sisterhood and Adam quickly followed suit, as he leaned on his own understanding and bit into the forbidden fruit. There after many woman in the scriptures became martyrs, leaning on God,- in times of separation and pioneering days. Women could cling fast to these Biblical heroines. These old testament and new testament feminine sediments are taught and followed by women who are adopted into Freemasonry

There are no secrets, in the fact OES, is the world’s largest fraternity, today there are over 10000 members globally. It is a well-established order, OES masonry was introduced in 1850 by lawyer Dr Robert Morris- who recognised the need for mason’s wives to fellowship. Chapters of OES fluctuated in the early 20th century, many members today have served in the OES, for 40-50 years.

Secret Society

Knowledge is power. Therefore, the same way academic material is now completely guarded by a university and disabled from social media sharing, so to must any content of an OES meeting be kept confidential. However, membership is open as is a university application to all who have the qualifying credentials. the Order of Eastern Star- is an arm of Freemasonry. To be adopted into Freemasonry, there is an absolute requirement to have a belief in a Supreme Being before one is accepted to lodge a petition and even become a candidate, to join- the Order of Eastern Star.

Who are the Free Masons?

Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. It teaches self-knowledge through participation in a progression of ceremonies. … Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values.

What is the Order of the Eastern Star ?

The Order of the Eastern Star is a Freemasonic appendant body open to both men and women. It was established in 1850 by lawyer and educator Rob Morris, a noted Freemason. The order is based on teachings from the Bible, but is open to people of all religious beliefs. 

Who are the DeMolay society?

DeMolay International (also known as the Order of DeMolay), founded in Kansas City, Missouri in 1919, is an international fraternal organization for young men ages 12 to 21. It was named for Jacques de Molay, the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar.

What is a Rainbow Girl?

The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls (IORG) is a Masonic youth service organization which teaches leadership training through community service.

What is Job’s daughter?

The organization was founded as The Order of Job’s Daughters by Ethel T. Wead Mick in Omaha, Nebraska, on October 20, 1920. The purpose of the organization is to band together young girls who are related to a Master Mason, and strives to build character through moral and spiritual development.

 

 

[1] Arendt, H., Between Past and Future, and the essay “What is Authority? Page 128 reamplified via “What is Authority?” from Hannah Arendt’s Between Past and Future, by Director Roger Berkowitz for the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College

[2] Arendt, H., Between Past and Future, and the essay “What is Authority? Pg 128

[3] Including – adopted daughters and stepdaughters of past present mason in ‘good standing’ please see link for full information – How to Join OES – http://www.easternstar.org/joining-order-of-the-eastern-star/

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