Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Adogmatic Liberal Masonic Jurisdictions

The following are the member jurisdictions of SIMPA & CLIPSAS. At present the Grand Orient of the United States is not a member of either organization though we have a treaty of amity with the Grand Orient of France and cordial relations with several of the member bodies. Progressive Freemasonry is world-wide and, though small in comparison with the Anglo-American branch of Freemasonry, offers prospective members the practices and values of early Masonry under the motto: Libery, Equality, Fraternity.

(International Secretariat of the Masonic Adogmatic Powers)

Grand Orient de Belgique
Grande Loge de Belgique
Grande Loge Féminine de Belgique
Grand Orient de France
Grande Loge de Memphis-Misraïm (France)
Grande Loge Féminine de Memphis-Misraïm (France)
Grande Loge Mixte Universelle (France)
Fédération française du Droit Humain (France)
Sérénissime Grand Orient de Grèce
Grand Orient de Hongrie
Gran Loggia d’Italia ALAM
Grand Orient de Luxembourg
Grand Orient de Pologne (Poland)
Gran Logia Simbolica Espanola
Grand Orient de Suisse
Grande Loge Féminine de Suisse
Grande Loge Maçonnique de Turquie
George Washington Union (USA)
Grande Loja Unida de Sao Paulo (Brazil)
Grande Oriente de Santa Catarina (Brazil)

(Centre of Liaison and Information of Masonic Powers Signatories of Strasbourg Appeal )

Gran Loggia d’Italia, since 1961
Grand Orient de Suisse, since 1961
Großorient von Österreich, since 1961
Grand Orient de Luxembourg, since 1961
Serenísima Gran Logia de Lengua Española, since 1961
Grand Lodge of Denmark, 1970
Gran Logia Mixta de Puerto Rico, 1976
George Washington Union, 1979
Gran Logia de la República de Venezuela, 1980
Grand Rite Malgache, 1981
Omega Grand Lodge of the State of New York, 1982
Grands Orient & Loge Unis du Cameroun, 1982
Gran Logia Simbólica Española, 1983
Grand Orient du Congo, 1984
Grande Loge Féminine de Belgique, 1984
Nederlandse Grootloge der Gemengde Vrijmetsalerij, 1985
Grande Oriente Lusitano, 1985
Grande Loge Haitienne de St. Jean des Orients D'Outre-Mer, 1985
Grande Loge de Haïti, 1987
HUMANITAS-Freimaurergrossloge für Frauen und Männer in Deutschland, 1987
Gran Oriente Latino Americano, 1987
Grand Bénin de la République du Bénin, 1988
Großloge Humanitas Austria, 1989
Grands Orient & Loge Associés du Congo, 1989
Liberal Grand Lodge of Turkey, 1989
Gran Logia Mixta de Chile, 1991
Grande Loge Française de Memphis-Misraïm, 1991
Grande Loge Féminine de Memphis-Misraïm, 1992
Grande Loge Symbolique Helvétique, 1992
Grande Eburnie, 1992
Gran Logia Femenina de Chile, 1994
Gran Loggia Massonica Femminile d’Italia, 1995
Grande Loja Unida do Paraná, 1995
Séréníssime Grand Orient de Grèce, 1996
Grande Loge de la Caraïbe, 1997
Gran Oriente de México, 1997
Grande Loge Nationale du Canada, 1997
Grande Oriente Nacional Gloria do Occidente do Brasil, 1998
Gran Logia del Norte de Colombia, 2000
Grande Loja Maçonica Mixta do Brasil, 2001
Ordre Maçonnique International DELPHI, 2001
Grande Loge Centrale du Liban, 2002
Grand Orient Mixte de Grèce, 2002
Grande Loja Unida de Pernambuco, 2002
Grande Loge Mixte de Memphis-Misraïm, 2003
Gran Logia Central de Colombia, 2003
Grande Loge de Cèdres, 2003
Grande Loge Symbolique Maçonnique d'Afrique, 2003
Grand Rite Galagasy Féminin, 2003
Grande Oriente Masónico Chileno, 2004
Gran Logia Femenina de Argentina, 2004
Grande Loja Feminina da Maçonaria Brasileira, 2005
Grande Loja Arquitetos de Aquário - GLADA, 2005
Grande Loge Bet-El, 2005
Grande Loge Féminine de Roumanie, 2006
Benjamim Herrera, 2006

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Thomas Paine

I would like to post a short article about a man who, though not a Freemason, was one of the greatest free-thinkers in American history. Born in England in 1737, Paine emigrated to the American Colonies at the age of 37. Paine's writings greatly influenced the course of the American Revolution, as well as the later revolution in France. His pamphlet, "Common Sense" ran to well over 500,00o copies in it's first year and in it, Paine put forth his arguments against British rule. In addition, he donated his royalties from "Common Sense" to Washington's army. Paine's "The Right's of Man" put forth his views that humanity is born free and and such freedom cannot be "granted" by any government. He greatest work, in my opinion, is his "Age of Reason", in which Paine expresses the ideas of Deism, the belief that God is evident in Nature and that man has been given reason with which to perceive the divine, independent of "miracles". and "revelation". I wish that his writings were more widely know today,especially among the youth of America. Below are a few quotes of his that I find very enlightening and worth meditating upon:

I believe in one God, and no more; and I hope for happiness beyond this life.
I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavouring to make our fellow-creatures happy.
But, lest it should be supposed that I believe many other things in addition to these, I shall, in the progress of this work, declare the things I do not believe, and my reasons for not believing them.
I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church.
All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
I do not mean by this declaration to condemn those who believe otherwise; they have the same right to their belief as I have to mine. But it is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe. - The Age of Reason

The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.

Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best stage, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.

That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly

When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Universal Freemasonry

This is my first attempt at establishing a blog and I am interested in seeing how it progresses. I am a member of Lodge Intrepid, Orient of Los Angeles. I am excited about the growth of Liberal, Progressive Freemasonry in the United States but at the same time I am concerned by the lack of such growth in the San Diego area. San Diego has such a rich and diverse cultural heritage with men and women from all over the world calling it home. We now, in the United States, have masculine, feminine and mixed Masonic obediences available for the first time. It is my sincere hope that these forms of Freemasonry will take root and grow in San Diego's rich and diverse soil. Below are several links to organizations that represent the European, Adogmatic Masonic tradition, I hope that any readers I may have find them useful. Articles in the coming months will address various Masonic topics. I look forward to any comments that readers may hope to post.