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Thanksgiving and the Dutch connection
Guilford #656     14 days ago
 

Thanksgiving and the Dutch connection

 

Brethren,

 

I am not a chauvinist, nor do I accept for one second that the Nationality I bear is in any way part of my identity. Far from it...
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"I am an Esoteric Freemason"
Guilford #656     25 days ago
"I am an Esoteric Freemason"

 

These are the words of the Grand Master-Elect of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of North Carolina: Shaun Bradshaw.

 

The word itself is in many Jurisdicti...
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Middle Chamber 2020
Guilford #656     25 days ago
 

Brethren,

 

This is without a doubt the most impressive program we have in North Carolina. It is now also spreading to other States.

I highly recommend this program to any Freemason w...
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Masonic Education: letter to a friend who wants to become a Brother
Guilford #656     about 1 month ago
Brothers,

 

I could not let this building-piece just fly by on the internet without sharing it in particular with you. It is a letter Brother Chuck Dunning sent to a friend who inquired about...
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The Road Back to 1723' presentation - Dr Ric Berman
Guilford #656     6 months ago
Brethren, A couple of years back, in January 2016 to be exact, we had a speaker from the UGLE in Greensboro. Dr. Ric Berman, Prestonian lecturer of the year for the UGLE. His presentation was very ...
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Of famous Freemasons and Secrets in Freemasonry
Guilford #656     8 months ago
A week or two ago I went to Sophia 767’s emergent communication on a Saturday. The speaker was WB John Bizzack from Lexington, Kentucky. More about him below *. He presented two programs: "The Slip...
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Dues Payment by Credit Card Available Now!
Guilford #656     11 months ago
Brethren,You now have the ability to pay your annual dues for Guilford Lodge #656 online through the Our Lodge Page app (OLP app) or through the Lodge website (www.guilford656.org or https://656-nc...
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Winter Solstice: superstition; religion and how it came to be known to most as Christmas
Guilford #656     12 months ago
Winter Solstice: superstition; religion and how it came to be known to most as Christmas Around this time of year and around the world, something is being recalled. Many cultures think they know ex...
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Inside Freemasonry (a word about the series on Netflix and other ramblings)
Guilford #656     about 1 year ago
Brethren, A while back already I wanted to write something about the series on Netflix: "Inside the Freemasons”. Well, it’s been a while now so not too much in-depth information about this, just so...
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Did one of Napoleon's Marshal's end up in North Carolina?
Guilford #656     about 1 year ago
Brethren,Saturday morning I journeyed to Cleveland, NC. Formerly known as “Third Creek”. It was not easy getting there and if anything can be described as “yonder”, it is Cleveland, NC…Wilkerson Co...
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Scottish Freemasonry
Guilford #656     about 1 year ago
Brethren,In the past two weeks I have watched the British series “Inside the Freemasons” on Netflix. I have some thoughts I wanted to share, but I also came across this piece about a bit of the his...
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Annual Communication and new book on History of Freemasonry in North Carolina
Guilford #656     about 1 year ago
Brethren, Yesterday at the Annual Communication of the GL of NC in Winston-Salem I not only had the pleasure to meet with many good Brothers from around the State again,  but also had the opportuni...
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On poor public conduct by Masons
Guilford #656     about 1 year ago
On Poor Public Conduct by MasonsC R "CHUCK" DUNNING JR·SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2018 Recently I was browsing through social media and had occasion to recall how the essential documents and rituals of ...
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Prince Hall Masonry history
Guilford #656     about 1 year ago
Brothers, Just a great read to further our education on how some men could not be stopped if they really wanted something. Perseverance to become a Mason even when back then regulations would not a...
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A bit of Lodge history (see History at the bottom for further information)
Guilford #656     over 1 year ago
Brothers, This week I looked a little into the history of Masonry in North Carolina and my own home-lodge Guilford 656. Though I had to pull from memory why, how and when our own lodge came to be, ...
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Are we in decline? Part 2
Guilford #656     over 1 year ago
So, both Neo-Moderns and Neo-Antients are reacting against the practices of the Satus-Quos. But they disagree how to change the Status Quo.  There are really two types of Status-Quos: the Actives a...
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Are we in decline. Part 1
Guilford #656     over 1 year ago
I wanted to write today about Masonic Philosophical differences in the 21st century. There is this great article I read a while back. It’s one of those that you read, and have to think about for a ...
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The Middle Chamber Masonic Education Program Of North Carolina | Freemason Information
Guilford #656     over 1 year ago
Brethren,There are numerous Masonic Education programs in existence throughout the USA today. Many are independent and not tied to a particular jurisdiction. There are many good podcasts; youtube a...
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Results of the Poll and 2018 Annual Masonic Symposium
Guilford #656     over 1 year ago
Brethren, POLL:Received over 25 reactions, thank you! FYI - there are over 100 brothers in this mailing list (there is even one in Lusaka (Zambia); Johannesburg (South Africa) and Zeist and Devente...
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Memorial Day - not just in the USA
Guilford #656     over 1 year ago
Brothers, It has been a while. I turned 50 the end of March and was in Kenya and Tanzania with lots of friends / college-fraternity mates celebrating mine and theirs. Then working-life took over an...
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GL facebook page in the news and women in freemasonry
Guilford #656     over 1 year ago
Brethren,Yesterday there was Masonic Education organized by Sophia lodge 767 in Salisbury. The guest speaker was a lady by the name of Karen Kidd. This was not a tiled lodge and several wives and g...
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GM's Directive on Gun Raffles
Guilford #656     almost 2 years ago
Brothers,Attached a directive from the GM. On social media (where else) he is being slammed by many for this. It has surprised me how nasty even Brothers amongst each other can be about this topic....
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Masonic Survey - RESULTS
Guilford #656     almost 2 years ago
Brothers, After sending the results I received some further responses and herewith send an update on the results of the survey. I have also taken out the N/A’s as this distorts the real answers. He...
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The Middle Chamber program and a Happy New Year ?
Guilford #656     almost 2 years ago
Brethren All,On this final day of 2017 I would like to wish each and everyone of you a wonderful and healthy start of the new year. The past year has gone by really fast. For all of us, no doubt, i...
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Contemplative Masonry - By Bro.'. Chuck Dunning
Guilford #656     about 2 years ago
Bro.’.A word today: con·tem·pla·tivekənˈtemplədiv/adjective1. expressing or involving prolonged thought."she regarded me with a contemplative eye"synonyms:thoughtful, pensive, reflective, meditativ...
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Voting - a right, a duty, a responsibility (of an individual...)
Guilford #656     about 2 years ago
 Brethren,During my last 4-hour drive from TN to back home in Summerfield, NC, I was listening to a Masonic podcast in which the G.’.M.’. of Masons in NC was interviewed. One of the things that str...
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It encourages all that is good, kind, and charitable; and reproves all that is vicious, cruel and oppressive
Guilford #656     over 2 years ago
Hello again Brothers,I have been dark when it comes to my weekly stories; links and pass-alongs. Holiday overseas, my usual avocation and family matters have taken all my time and I could not find ...
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Opening a Lodge on the First, Second or Third degree
Guilford #656     over 2 years ago
Brothers, A couple of weeks ago I found myself at the Asheville Masonic temple and attended a meeting at Veritas lodge 769. WB Randy Browning presented a piece of Masonic education regarding openin...
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THE ORIGIN OF THE THIRD OR MASTER MASON’S DEGREE – NEW EVIDENCE
Guilford #656     over 2 years ago
Brethren,This article copied and pasted from the facebook page of The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland.Fraternally, Jetze G. Bouma, PMTHE ORIGIN OF THE THIRD OR MASTER MA...
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The old Tyler and continuation History of Guilford 656
Guilford #656     over 2 years ago
Brethren, This weekend is short as I am already leaving for work in a couple of minutes. So I wanted to share two contributions today. One by WB Terry Cox, who filled me in on some details regardin...
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Masonry in NC
Guilford #656     almost 3 years ago
Brothers,This week I looked a little into the history of Masonry in North Carolina and my own home-lodge Guilford 656. Though I had to pull from memory why, how and when our own lodge came to be, t...
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Veritas 769 / Religion and Politics
Guilford #656     almost 3 years ago
So this past week Veritas 769 met in Emergent Communication to raise their first Brother to the sublime degree and I was able to attend.Veritas is a Traditional Observance lodge which meets every t...
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The cost of masonry, a different view & the Middle Chamber program
Guilford #656     almost 3 years ago
Brethren, Yesterday I had to make a choice. Go to MESH lodge at Whitestone (a Masonic and Eastern Star community), or attend session 1 of the Middle Chamber program. I chose the latter and was not ...
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