Wednesday, December 28, 2022

‘Research lodge launches home study course'

In an email sent yesterday, Illinois Lodge of Research revealed its new self-study course for Master Masons. Called simply the Masonic Education Program, it is a three-level progression intended to “assist Master Masons with their search for further Light in Masonry.”

The three parts are:

What Is Freemasonry?

Required reading:
  • The Exemplar
  • A Pilgrim’s Path
  • Freemasons’ Guide and Compendium

Freemasonry Throughout the Ages;
Freemasonry in Illinois

Required reading:
  • The Rise and Progress of Freemasonry in Illinois, 1783-1952
  • The Story of Prince Hall Freemasonry in Illinois: An Afro-American Tradition, 1852-1982
  • The Anti-Masonic Party in the United States, 1826-1843
  • Freemasonry in Black and White

Introduction to Esoteric Masonry

Required reading:
  • Esoterika
  • The Masonic Ladder

The Pine Cone is
the lodge’s symbol.
There is a fourth tier in conclusion. It challenges the newly accepted Masonic Scholar to write a paper to show a philosophical understanding of Freemasonry. In addition to a certificate upon completion, each participant will receive the lodge’s Pine Cone Jewel.

I’m not clear on who is permitted to enroll. I’m assuming it is limited to Illinois Lodge of Research members, but lodge membership is open beyond Illinois.

I wish everybody involved perseverance and success!

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