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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.


February 8, 2020 - Critical Thinking

This presentation is on the importance of Critical Thinking in society and our lives.  Don McDougal and George Macdougall present on what Critical Thinking is, where it is used, how easily the brain can be fooled and ways to get to the correct decision.  The presentation includes class activities to emphasize the importance of observation and using probability when there are no sound facts to go on. It uses riddles to demonstrate the importance of understanding what the question really is and then the deductive process to solve it.   It ends with a presentation on how the brain functions.

Instructor: RW George Macdougall and RW Doug McDougal

Location: Meridian Splendor, Newport 9AM-12PM


February 15, 2020 - 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: Rising Sun Lodge, Penobscot 9AM-12PM


March 7, 2020 - Tenets & Cardinal Virtues

This opportunity is designed to be an interactive study of the fundamental beliefs and responsibilities of Freemasonry as presented in the tenets and the cardinal virtues which are so beautifully embedded in our ritual but which are too often hurried by. Special emphasis is placed upon the moral and the deeply spiritual nature of these essentials and the crucial need for the presence and practice in our present world situation.

Instructor: RW Doug Taft and W. Karl Furtado

Location: Freedom Lodge, Limerick 9AM-12PM


March 14, 2020 - 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: MW Mark Rustin

Location: Tranquil Lodge, Auburn 9AM-12PM


April 4, 2020 - Annual Arts & Sciences

Once a year the Maine Masonic College holds a celebration of the arts and sciences which are the magnificent achievements and courageous outreach of the human mind and spirit. Traditionally, the format for these annual celebrations includes a morning presentation by a leading figure in a particular art of science or in arts and science education followed by a banquet and an open session encouraging participation on the part of the participant.

Instructor: TBD

Location: Black Bear Inn, Orono 9AM-3PM

A continental breakfast will be served from 8am-9am. A luncheon will be served at noon. Cost is 5.00 a person.


April 11, 2020 - Why Ritual & Myth

-     From a rich life time of study and thought, Brother Plummer brings us a grasp of the role that ritual and myth play in the development of the human psyche and the well-being of societies.

Instructor: RW Charlie Plummer

Location: Drummond Lodge, North Parsonfield 9AM-12PM


April 18, 2020 - Symbolism

This course will examine the symbolism behind several central aspects of our identity as Freemasons. Our conversation will delve further into the history, origins, traditions, and practical applications of common Masonic symbols. Although this course is titled Symbolism II, participation in previous courses on symbolism is not required and we encourage anyone who is interested to join us.

Instructor: MW Mark Rustin

Location: Caribou Lodge, Caribou 9AM-12PM


May 9, 2020 - Myth and Free Masonry

  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: MW Mark Rustin

Location: Central Lodge, China 9AM-12PM


May 16, 2020 - Tenets & Cardinal Virtues

This opportunity is designed to be an interactive study of the fundamental beliefs and responsibilities of Freemasonry as presented in the tenets and the cardinal virtues which are so beautifully embedded in our ritual but which are too often hurried by. Special emphasis is placed upon the moral and the deeply spiritual nature of these essentials and the crucial need for the presence and practice in our present world situation.  

Instructor: RW Doug Taft and W. Karl Furtado

Location: Mt.Kineo Lodge, Guilford 9AM-12PM


May 23, 2020 - 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: MW Mark Rustin

Location: Maine & Wilton Lodge at East Wilton 9AM-12PM


June 6, 2020 - The EA Degree

Through the use of lecture, illustration and seminar dialogue, this course seeks to expand the participant’s realization of the extraordinary experience which takes place when candidates become Entered Apprentices.  Together those involved in this course will seek to explore the expanding space of particular human experience in which the new Masons find themselves. Governing the working geometry of this space are such cardinal points as Ethical Care, Scope of Understanding, Practical Skills and Professional Responsibility as a Mason. As a source of historical perspective, attention will be given to one of the oldest Masonic documents, the Regius Poem, and its significance to the E.A. Degree.  Every part of the Degree has a symbolic meaning as well as a literal interpretation. That most important symbolic part will be highlighted and explored.

Instructor: RW George Macdougall and RW Doug McDougal

Location: Messalonskee Lodge, Oakland 9AM-12PM


June 27, 2020 - The EA Degree-an opening door to the Brotherhood of Masons and their purposes and beliefs:

Through the use of lecture, illustration and seminar dialogue, this course seeks to expand the participant’s realization of the extraordinary experience which takes place when candidates become Entered Apprentices.  Together those involved in this course will seek to explore the expanding space of particular human experience in which the new Masons find themselves. Governing the working geometry of this space are such cardinal points as Ethical Care, Scope of Understanding, Practical Skills and Professional Responsibility as a Mason. As a source of historical perspective, attention will be given to one of the oldest Masonic documents, the Regius Poem, and its significance to the E.A. Degree.  Every part of the Degree has a symbolic meaning as well as a literal interpretation. That most important symbolic part will be highlighted and explored. The final goal of this course is to have everyone present leave with an understanding why  ...the greatest and best of men in all ages have been encouragers and promoters of the art, and have never deemed it derogatory from their dignity to level themselves with the fraternity....”

Instructor: RW George Macdougall and RW Doug McDougal

Location: Mystic Lodge, Hampden