What is Freemasonry
Freemasonry is the oldest and largest fraternity in the world. It is dedicated to the Brotherhood of Man under the Fatherhood of a Supreme Being. Although freemasonry is not of a religious nature, it urges its members to be faithful and devoted to their own religious beliefs whatever they may be.
The organization of freemasonry is based on a system of Grand Lodges, each sovereign within its own territory. There is no central authority governing all Grand Lodges. However, to be acknowledged by others, acceptable traditions, standards and practices must be maintained.
Within a state the governing body is called the Grand Lodge. Under that there are individual lodges. Each of them are governed independantly, however fall under the rules of the Grand Lodge. All lodges within a state are under the leadership of a Grand Master. He presides over all Masons who belong to one or more of the lodges in that jurisdiction. Each of these lodges is under the direction of a Worshipful Master.
What Freemasonry Does
As a fraternity freemasonry provides an opportunity for men to meet and enjoy friendly fellowship. In the spirit of helpfulness and brotherly love and guided by strict moral principles it encourages goodwill toward all mankind. Freemasonry is of a personal nature in its private ceremonies. Its ritual dramatizes a philosophy of life based on morality. It promotes self improvement through its teachings. The tools of operative masons are used to symbolize and teach the basic principles of brotherly love, charity, and truth which Masons are encouraged to practice in their daily lives.