January 12, 2019 - Polishing the StoneIn every Masonic Lodge Room, one enters one will find two stones prominently displayed – one rough cut the other smooth. These two stones – The Ashlars – bear special symbolic insight and significance to every man who has ever been or is now a Mason. They portray a man from the beginning to the end of his Masonic life and set before him a goal. This course is a study of these symbols and the meaning inherent within.
Instructor: MW Mark Rustin
Location: Meridian Splendor Lodge, Newport 9AM-12PM
January 19, 2019 - Examining the Modern Social Landscape: Implications of FreemasonryThe seminar serves as an introduction to understanding the complexities of demographic, social, and economic trends. We would focus on both the United States as a whole and the State of Maine specifically. Masonic lodges have been an integral part of the social landscape for centuries. To maintain our viable and relevant presence, we need to develop an enhanced awareness of and critically examine the changing sociocultural factors that impact our fraternity. Dr. Christopher Howard is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Husson University. Christopher is currently serving as the Worshipful Master of Seminary Hill Daylight Lodge as well as the Dean of the Maine Masonic College.
Instructor: VW Christopher Howard, PhD
Location: Rising Sun Lodge, Orland 9AM-12PM
February 2, 2019 - EthicsNew class instructor. Description coming soon.
Instructor: Dr. Bill Johnson
Location: Belfast Lodge, Belfast 9AM-12PM
February 9, 2019 - Jurisprudence“A survey of the sources of Masonic principles and usages, of Masonic law and an analysis of how the former are expressed in the latter.”
Instructor: MW Wayne T. Adams
Location: David A. Hooper Lodge, Sullivan 9AM-12PM
March 2, 2019 - VirtruviousIn the reign of Caesar Augustus, Vitruvius was an engineer who wrote a series of texts on Architecture and the art of building. We read those texts with amazement. So often what Vitruvius has to say shares with the world-view of modern Freemasonry- a “virtually seamless relationship... between the critical, rational methods of science and the maintenance of the ancestral traditions including religion” or perhaps as better phrased, a spiritual reverence for the beauty and the order of the universe. This course introduces what Vitruvius sees as fundamental to the work of the Builder along with the importance of the Arts and Sciences in an inspirational adventure with very practical results.
Instructor: RW Don McDougal & RW George Macdougall
Location: Lynde Lodge, Hermon 9AM-12PM
March 9, 2019 - Myth and FreemasonryThe purpose of this class is to express the basic and central nature of the spiritual life of the local Lodges as the foundation upon which Freemasonry is properly built. It will present information to the attendees, provide the opportunity for discussion and explanation, and utilize the true nature of the fraternity as an on-going resource for continued education and goal realization.
Instructor: MW Mark Rustin
Location: Morning Star Lodge, Litchfield 9AM-12PM