Upcoming Courses

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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.


June 23, 2018 - Ethics. (THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED)

Instructor: TBD

Location: Belfast Lodge, Belfast


July 14, 2018 - The Wondrous Fellow Craft Degree- a Journey for Our Times

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: RW Donald McDougal and MW Walter Macdougall

Location: Greenleaf Lodge, Cornish 9AM-12PM


July 28, 2018 - Examining the Modern Social Landscape: Implications for Freemasonry

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 the Chair for the Social Science division and 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

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


August 18, 2018 - Symbolism II

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 & VW Chris Howard

Location: Washington Lodge, Lubec 9AM-12PM


August 25, 2018 - 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: Deering Lodge, Portland 9AM-12PM


September 8, 2018 - Symbolism

This course will help establish a foundation of understanding for several Maine Masonic College courses dealing with Masonic and other forms of symbolism, allegory, myth and philosophical expressions of belief. It was developed from a psychological and practical perspective which examines the use of dynamic roles of symbols as instruments of understanding and vehicles of exploration both in our personal lives and in our mutual and significant inter-relationships with others. The lecture portion of this course explores the use of certain symbols of the Masonic degree experience. Participants will be divided into groups and given practical; exercises in which to explore the significance and efficacy of symbols in the process of developing individual and group insights  in their encounter with human situations and in their search for greater understanding. This is a practical applications course and is critical for mentors of any organization in which symbolism plays and important role.

Instructor: RW Eric Kuntz

Location: Oxford Lodge, Norway 9AM-12PM


September 22, 2018 - 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: Alna Anchor Lodge, Damariscotta 9AM-12PM


September 22, 2018 - The Politics of Maine Statehood, 1785-2020

  DETAILS COMING SOON

Instructor: Professor Liam Riordan

Location: UM at Orono 8:30AM-12:30PM Followed by lunch

8:30 am                       Check-in and Continental Breakfast

Bangor Room, Memorial Student Union

 

9:00-10:15 am             Lecture and discussion about the politics of statehood, 1785-1821 led by Professor Liam Riordan (History, UMaine)

 

10:15 am-11:00 am     Lecture and discussion about Wabanakis and statehood led by Professor Micah Pawling (Native American Studies & History, UMaine). Additional scholar TBA?

 

11:15 am                     Tour of the Maine Indian Gallery, Hudson Museum led by

Professor Pawling (and/or others?)

 

12:15 pm                     Catered lunch in Miller’s Café, ground floor Collins Center for the Arts

 


October 6, 2018 - 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


October 13, 2018 - CONVOCATION- CIVILITY

More information to come as the event gets closer.

Instructor: MW Russ Charvonia, MW Dave Walker

Location: Spectacular Events Center, Bangor


October 20, 2018 - The Legacies of Maine Statehood

More info to come

Instructor: Professor Liam Riordan

Location: USM in Portland 8:30AM-12:30PM Details below

8:30 am                       Check-in and Continental Breakfast, Cohen Center, Osher Map Library

 

9:00-9:30 am               The Politics of Statehood, A Brief Overview led by

Professor Liam Riordan (History, UMaine)

 

9:30am-10:45 am        Mapping Maine Statehood with

Professor Matthew Edney (Cartographic Scholar, Osher Map Library)

 

10:45 am-11:00 am     Break

 

11:00 am-12:00 pm    Legacies of the Missouri Crisis in Maine and Missouri with

Professors Libby Bischof and Leroy Rowe (both History, USM)

 

12:15 pm                     Catered lunch in the Osher Map Library Atrium and Cohen Center


November 10, 2018 - Symbolism

This course will help establish a foundation of understanding for several Maine Masonic College courses dealing with Masonic and other forms of symbolism, allegory, myth and philosophical expressions of belief. It was developed from a psychological and practical perspective which examines the use of dynamic roles of symbols as instruments of understanding and vehicles of exploration both in our personal lives and in our mutual and significant inter-relationships with others. The lecture portion of this course explores the use of certain symbols of the Masonic degree experience. Participants will be divided into groups and given practical; exercises in which to explore the significance and efficacy of symbols in the process of developing individual and group insights  in their encounter with human situations and in their search for greater understanding. This is a practical applications course and is critical for mentors of any organization in which symbolism plays and important role.

Instructor: RW Eric Kuntz

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


November 17, 2018 - EA & FC Symbolism

More info to come.

Instructor: RW Eric Kuntz

Location: Mystic Lodge, Hampden 9AM-12PM


December 8, 2018 - Astronomy

Hitchhikers guide thru the Universe

Instructor: Shawn Laatsch from UM

Location: UM at Orono 1:00PM