Frequently Asked Questions

What is Freemasonry?

If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.

Brother Franklin D. Roosevelt

Holland Lodge No. 8, New York, NY

What is Freemasonry?

One of the questions asked most often of masons is “What is Freemasonry?” Freemasonry is the largest and the oldest fraternal organization in the world. It is not a religious or political organization and it is not a secret society. It is an association of men seeking to become better men by following the principle that each man has a duty to make not only his own, but everyone’s lives better.

Masonry brings together men from varying backgrounds, careers, cultures, and beliefs who would have otherwise never met. All masons meet “on the level,” which is to say that masonry does not discriminate or pass judgement on anyone based on race, culture, political affiliations, or religious beliefs. Masonry does require belief in a supreme being, however it also requires tolerance of all religious beliefs and insists that its members think for themselves on religious, social, and political issues. These particular tenets are considered so important that religious and political discussions are forbidden while the Lodge is in session.

To What do Freemasons Aspire?

A mason is obligated to be a better man by way of maintaining a higher standard of honorable conduct, contributing positively to his community, and engaging in higher thinking and esoteric considerations.  All masons take an oath to uphold these principles and to strengthen friendships both inside and outside the lodge, contribute to those in need, preserve equality for all, and, ultimately,  leave their community and this world a better place.