Our Mission, Objectives, Values
As Freemasons, we have strongly held views about our personal and collective responsibilities. In a changing world challenged by an erosion of values and personal conduct, we have an obligation, demanded by the precepts of Freemasonry, always to try to exercise and demonstrate honourable attitudes and creditable behaviour.
Our Mission Precepts and Standards
- To be good citizens by practising the highest moral and social standards in friendship, charity and integrity.
To be Good Citizens
- We are dedicated to making good men better and developing our knowledge of ourselves as individuals and the world around us through education, discussion and social exchange.
- We aim to make proper use of our time, dividing it between worship, work, leisure and service, thus making the best use of our mental and physical abilities.
- We aim to use our talents for the benefit of ourselves, our families, our neighbours and our communities throughout our private, public, business and professional life.
- We declare our membership whenever any possible conflict of interest may arise or be perceived to arise.
- We promise not to use our membership to promote our own or anyone else’s private, public, business or professional interests.
To Practice the Highest Moral and Social Standards
- We aim to behave towards others, as we would have them behave towards us.
- We aim to be constructive in our approach to life and uphold the importance of the welfare and independence of everyone.
To Extend Friendship
- We admit members from every ethnic group in the world.
- We believe that all individuals are equal and dependent on each other; that they must be valued for their own merits regardless of factors such as race, national origin, religious creed, social status or wealth.
- We respect the ideals and beliefs of others and endeavour to behave with kindness and understanding to all.
- We cherish all life and the well-being of all.
To Demonstrate Charity
- We consider charity as being goodwill to all.
- We care not only for Masons and their families, but also for the community as a whole.
- We raise money for charitable purposes only from our own members, not from the general public.
- We give as generously as our wealth will allow and through voluntary work in the community.
To Act with Integrity
- We strive for truth and believe that nothing can justify the telling of lies or being untrustworthy.
- We treat everyone in an open and honest manner.
Our Objectives and Values
- To achieve and obtain the highest moral standards.
- To encourage members to serve their own religion and community.
- To demonstrate that we are a society of upright men.
- To enjoy each other’s company and develop team spirit and fellowship.
To Achieve the Highest Moral Standards
- We are concerned with human behaviour, especially the distinction between good and bad and right and wrong.
- We are taught to be aware that all individuals have a natural tendency towards both good and evil; to consider our options and choose the former.
- We define our moral standards as: obeying the law of the land; working hard; living peaceably and creditably; acting honourably and with understanding and charity to all.
To Encourage Everyone to Serve Their Own Religion
- All Freemasons must declare a belief in a Supreme Being and we therefore have members of many faiths, including Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism.
- We are encouraged to practise our own religion, whatever faith it may be, and regard Freemasonry as a moral code subordinate to, but supportive of, that religion.
- We do not admit atheists or agnostics into Freemasonry.
To Encourage Everyone to Serve Their Own Community
- Freemasonry encourages us to fulfil our responsibilities to our family and ourselves, to our neighbours, and our country.
- To our Masonic Lodge and its members by attending regularly and participating in the ceremonies through which the high moral standards to which we aspire are reinforced. By keeping the few traditional Masonic forms of recognition within the confines of the Lodge. By preserving harmony at our meetings and joining in the social activities.
- We promise to support and serve our fellow members by respecting their family, defending their good character in their absence, and by keeping their confidences – except anything contrary to the laws of our country or religion.
Freemasonry – A Society of Upright Men
- Our governing body is The United Grand Lodge of England.
- For administrative purposes it divides the country into a number of ‘Provinces’.
- We offer membership to men of any race or religion who are of good reputation and are not atheists or agnostics.
- All applicants must confirm that they are aged 21 years or above and come forward voluntarily with no expectation of obtaining material advantage.
- We exclude from membership those Freemasons who abuse the trust placed in them in their public or private lives or who fail to uphold the rules of Freemasonry.
- Our ceremonies contain dramatic presentations of moral lessons and include traditional passwords and signs of recognition which are only used in those ceremonies. Solemn promises are made which are no different from those taken elsewhere.
- Traditional penalties from an earlier age which are symbolic, not literal, allude to the pain of conscience any honest man should feel at the thought of violating his word.
Our society is for men only but there is a parallel and totally independent Masonic organisation for women.
We Enjoy Each Other’s Company
- Our social activities and our enjoyment of Freemasonry cannot be overemphasised. The objects of Freemasonry are serious but our members are ordinary, fun loving individuals who seek a good balance of life.
- Most of our meetings include a social dimension where the focus is on good fellowship and enjoyment in the company of like-minded friends. Our family and friends are important to us and are actively encouraged to participate in our social activities.
We Develop Team Spirit and Fellowship
- We develop good team spirit and fellowship through all our activities and gain an understanding of the needs of others which in turn leads to an increased tolerance and respect.
- We therefore consider Freemasonry to be a way of life which, when practised, makes us good citizens.
- Happiness is the outcome of such activity. It cannot be expressed in words but can only be experienced in the heart. As such is it sometimes described as the only true mystery of Freemasonry.