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 14, 2019 - Curiosity As A Tool For Enriching One’s LifeStudies have revealed that the greatest opportunities for joy, purpose, happiness, and personal growth in life happens when we are mindful of the world around us, when we explore what is new or novel, and when we live in the moment and embrace uncertainty. Positive events last longer and we can extract more pleasure and meaning from them when we remain open to new experiences and relish the unknown. Curiosity offers us a tool for building lasting and meaningful relationships, improving mental and physical health, increasing creativity, and boosting productivity. In this course Bro and Dr. Plummer will share studies that have been conducted that reveal that curiosity plays a very critical role in the pursuit of a meaningful life and that it offers a gateway to the creation of profound intimacy, insights, and meaning in life. He will also share tools and techniques that can be used to renew the relationships with the curious explorer in one's self. And he says a good place to begin is to ask yourself the question, "Are you curious to know more?"
Instructor: RW Charlie Plummer
Location: Saco Lodge, Saco 9AM-12PM
September 21, 2019 - 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: Anthony Sutton
Location: Federal Lodge, Rockport 9AM-12PM
September 28, 2019 - EthicsThe MMC is excited to welcome Reverend and Dr. William (Bill) Johnson who will be teaching Ethics for us this coming February. This course will introduce attendees to the basics of ethical thought and explore the complexities of ethics in the modern world. Dr. Johnson serves as pastor of Pittsfield Baptist Church, leads the Pine Tree Leadership Development Network, and teaches philosophy and ethics at Husson University.
Instructor: Dr. Bill Johnson
Location: Carrabassett Lodge, Canaan 9AM-12PM
October 12, 2019 - Convocation: Civility; From Darkness to LightRuss Charvonia, PGM of California Russ Charvonia is the founder of Channel Islands Law Group, a professional corporation, in Ventura, California. Russ has combined a 35-plus year career as a financial planner with his estate planning law practice to provide a unique perspective to address clients’ needs and concerns. He attended various colleges for undergraduate studies and graduated from the Ventura College of Law with a Juris Doctorate in 2004. Russ is a Certified Financial Planner®, Chartered Financial Consultant, Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Life Underwriter and Retirement Plans Associate. He is a registered representative holding Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses from FINRA. Russ is involved with many philanthropic endeavors and currently serves on the board of directors of The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation, is founder of the Masonic Family Civility Project, and serves on the board of The Conflict Resolution Institute of Ventura County.
Location: Jeff's Catering, Brewer
October 19, 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: Pleiades Lodge, Millbridge 9AM-12PM
October 26, 2019 - Mathematics- Exploring the Basics of Geometric Constructions:In this Masonic College course, you will learn the basics of using a compass and a straight edge. The skills that one will learn to bisect segments and angles, create specific angles of degree 30, 45, and 60, construct parallel and perpendicular lines, and construct basic regular polygons. If time permits, we will discuss how to construct the golden ration and a regular pentagon
Instructor: Br. Luke Shorty
Location: Presumpscot Lodge, Windham 9AM-12PM
November 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: Tranquil Lodge, Auburn 9AM-12PM
November 16, 2019 - New CourseMore info to come at a later date.
Instructor: VW Daniel Gaucher
Location: Arundel Lodge, Kennebunkport 9AM-12PM
November 23, 2019 - Symbolism-AlchemyThis 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 and VW Christopher Howard
Location: Waterville Lodge, Waterville 9AM-12PM
December 7, 2019 - Astronomy-Hitchhikers guide through the UniverseOf 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.
Instructor: Shawn Laatsch- University of Maine
Location: Planetarium at UMO 1PM