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.
September 23, 2017 - 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: Mark Rustin
Location: Webster Lodge, Wales 9AM-12PM Meal to follow. $5.00 per person
October 14, 2017 - 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: 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 - ConvocationThis 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 - RhetoricWhile Rhetoric, as one of the seven liberal arts and sciences listed in the Fellow Craft Degree, covers the powerful and informative use of language in general, this training experience focuses on speech as an essential aspect of effective communication. This experience will provide the fundamental skills of organizing and delivery in speaking situations where the goal is either to inform or to persuade. Special effort is made to provide a friendly and supportive atmosphere in which participants may practice what they are leaning. Instructors for this course come from the University of Maine's Department of Communication and Journalism or some other similar institution of learning.
Instructor: Tony Sutton from the Speach & Communication Dept. at UM
Location: Tuscan Lodge, Addison, ME 9AM-12PM Lunch to follow
November 4, 2017 - The FC DegreeThis 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 VirtuesFreemasonry 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 - AstronomyOf 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
Location: UMO Planetarium 3PM-4PM
December 9, 2017 - EthicsSam 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