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Note: There may be two courses offered on the same day!

All courses are open to all Masons as well as the general public. Note that this is a tentative schedule and more classes may be added. Future course listings will be posted here as they become available.

While it is not necessary, it is strongly recommended you pre-register with Theresa at the Grand Lodge Office – 207-843-1086.

Please note: There will be a lite luncheon served after each class. The charge is $5.00. If you plan to attend the meal you must pre-register for the class by calling Theresa at the grand lodge office at 207-843-1086. Thank you.


July 22, 2017 - Examining the Social Landscape

The 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: Christopher Howard

Location: Mt. Moriah Lodge, Brownfield 9AM-12PM Meal to follow $5.00 per person


August 5, 2017 - Examining the Social Landscape

The 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: Christopher Howard

Location: St. Pauls Lodge, Rockport 9AM-12PM Meal to follow. $5.00 per person


August 19, 2017 - The FC Degree

This course explores the Fellow Craft Degree as the central introduction to the quest which Freemasonry offers. It suggests that among all the good attributes of the Masonic environment, it is this opportunity of quest which makes the Fraternity of special importance to men and society today. Assisted by visual images and interactive discussion this exploration will begin with that ancient legend that two great pillars stand at the beginning of the journey that all must take if they are to find wisdom, strength and establishment. What will follow is a consideration of the ways in which the Fellow Craft Degree introduces the candidate to this most remarkable passage which leads to a world of enlarging enlightenment, ability and contentment. Exploration will include the winding stairs, the liberal arts and sciences, the references to our human history and role of geometry and architecture, the jewels of a Fellow Craft, the passage to the Middle Chamber and the gem of Masonic Teaching, the “Letter G Lecture”. This course is designed to bring new focus to that all important middle degree in Freemasonry and to afford an opportunity for new masons as well as their mentors to expand their horizons as they labor to be builders of knowledge and worthy, life giving vision and ideals.

Instructor: Walter Macdougall, George Mcdougall, Don McDougal

Location: Lynde Lodge, Hermon 9AM-12PM Meal to follow. $5.00 per person.


August 26, 2017 - Myth & Freemasonry

The 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: RW Mark Rustin

Location: Saco Lodge, Saco 9AM-12PM Meal to follow


September 9, 2017 - Esoteric Masonry

This is a continuation of the initial symbols course and is a deeper and more direct exploration of the symbols and esoteric exploration of each of the degrees.  The course will be divided into each of the three degrees and requisite will be that the attendee has reached that level in their lodge.  Although not a requirement, a recommendation will be that the attendee has attended at least one additional degree of that level prior to attending the course. The course will go in depth into the ritual of the degree.   The overall opening of each degree will be covered as well as the initiatic degree itself.  The emphasis will be on both the words of the ritual and the objects, gestures, and movements throughout the lodge.  The presentation will integrate aspects of other esoteric practices, including Alchemy, Kabbalah, Rosicrucianism, as well as aspects of depth psychology and cognitive development.  There will be reading lists for outside work following the presentation. The course is designed to be both lecture (PowerPoint presentation), and interactive.  There will be both small and large group exercises.  Based on the response, there will be follow up sessions for the particular group.  However, this is meant to be done in one setting. Based on the amount of material to be presented, this course will be divided into three sections corresponding to the three blue lodge degrees and will run until about 1 pm with lunch discussion. The initial course will be given in the spring of 2017 and will be for the EA degree.  Later in the year, the FC and MM courses will be given. This course is highly recommended for all masons, but particularly for those who want to be able to further guide and help new masons coming along who are looking for how to more deeply understand the ritual and its meaning.

Instructor: Eric Kuntz

Location: Rising Sun Lodge, Orland 9AM-12PM Meal to follow. $5.00 per person


September 23, 2017 - Polishing the Stone

In 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: Mark Rustin

Location: Webster Lodge, Wales 9AM-12PM Meal to follow. $5.00 per person


October 14, 2017 - Polishing the Stone

In 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: Mark Rustin

Location: Marsh River Lodge, Brooks 9AM-12PM Meal to follow. $5.00 Per person


October 21, 2017 - Alchemy (Symbolism 2)

A look at the similarities and possible connections between the symbols in Freemasonry and those of alchemy and depth psychology.

Instructor: Eric Kuntz

Location: Crooked River, Bolster Mills 9AM-12PM Meal to follow. $5.00 per person


October 28, 2017 - Convocation

This years subject will be the Civil War and it's impact on Freemasonry. Here is the schedule of events for the day. 8:00---- Registration and Continental Breakfast     8:30     Welcome   Mark E. Rustin Board of Regents Chair MW Thomas E. Pulkkinen Grand Master of Masons in Maine Dr. Christopher Howard Dean of Maine Masonic College     9:00        Keynote Address – MW Michael Halleran     10:00     Break Discussion     10:30     Presentation by RW Charlie Plummer     11:30     RW Reggie Wing     12:00    Lunch     1:00        Presentation of Awards     1:30        Presentation by Dr. Liam Riordan     2:30        Snack     3:00        Closing remarks

Instructor: MW Brother Michael Halleran, Prof Liam Riordan with our own RW Reggie Wing, and RW Charles Plummer

Location: Spetacular Events Center, Bangor 9AM-3PM Complimentary Lunch will be served.


November 4, 2017 - The FC Degree

This course explores the Fellow Craft Degree as the central introduction to the quest which Freemasonry offers. It suggests that among all the good attributes of the Masonic environment, it is this opportunity of quest which makes the Fraternity of special importance to men and society today.   Assisted by visual images and interactive discussion this exploration will begin with that ancient legend that two great pillars stand at the beginning of the journey that all must take if they are to find wisdom, strength and establishment. What will follow is a consideration of the ways in which the Fellow Craft Degree introduces the candidate to this most remarkable passage which leads to a world of enlarging enlightenment, ability and contentment. Exploration will include the winding stairs, the liberal arts and sciences, the references to our human history and role of geometry and architecture, the jewels of a Fellow Craft, the passage to the Middle Chamber and the gem of Masonic Teaching, the “Letter G Lecture”.   This course is designed to bring new focus to that all important middle degree in Freemasonry and to afford an opportunity for new masons as well as their mentors to expand their horizons as they labor to be builders of knowledge and worthy, life giving vision and ideals.

Instructor: Walter Macdougall, George Mcdougall, Don McDougal

Location: Location TBD


November 11, 2017 - Tenents & Cardinal Virtues

Freemasonry is not a revealed religion. It is, however, as are all great human searches after what is truly significant. Instructor Reginald Wing will lead us in such a search for the interrelated significance of the Cardinal Virtues and the Tenets of our profession not only as Freemasons but as human beings. Brother Wing course is intended for participation and is supported by excellent hand-out material. You will leave with a new understanding of the importance of our tenets and cardinal virtues.

Instructor: Reggie Wing

Location: Rising Sun Lodge, Orland 9AM-12PM Meal to follow. $5.00 per person


December 2, 2017 - Astronomy

Of all the arts and sciences, Astronomy has the closest association with our human feeling of awe and our search for who and where we are. The Maine Masonic College through the University of Maine is pleased to present this planetarium program once each year for the enjoyment and edification of the whole family. The program is typically a blend of a guide in observing the nighttime sky and an adventure into new discoveries in deep space.  We have chosen December as the month for this occasion. The specific date will be announced

Instructor: TBD

Location: UMO Planetarium 3PM-4PM


December 9, 2017 - Ethics

Sam McKeeman is a regular and greatly valued faculty member for the Maine Masonic College. He is presently Program Manager for the Maine Bureau of Human Services. He previously was Director of Organization Development and Training at the Maine Department of Transportation. In his life time of teaching and as chief planner for the Justice System in Pennsylvania and in New South Wales, Sam has become an engaging expert in making courses in ethics, critical thinking and organization leadership vital and close-to-home experiences. You will find Sam McKeeman a wise, witty and widely informed instructor who listens as well as he teaches.

Instructor: Sam McKeeman

Location: Mystic Tie Lodge, Weld 9AM-12PM Meal to follow. $5.00 per person