A Publication of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction
THE PATH FORWARD
In late 2016, the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction conducted a comprehensive study of Freemasonry in general
and Scottish Rite in particular. In 2017, much time and energy was expended in studying and quantifying the
results, then interpreting the data to create an action plan. Very simply put, the numbers show the potential for
a brighter future for Freemasonry, as our core messages resonate with most males, whether inside the fraternity
today or not. The study revealed that, when presented with messages of fraternity, integrity, compassion, and becoming a better man – all traits we hope the fraternity stands for - 57% of American males said they would consider
joining such a group. That translates into 57 million men. Additionally, much was learned of what current members
truly want from our organization. In the coming months there will be a response to the input, including a larger
technological footprint, strong and open connections with leadership, a renewed sense of pride, a better way to
present our best side to the outside world, and a return to fundamental values of the fraternity and its members.
Educating many on the use of 21st century marketing tools along with a grass roots efforts to address issues in our
blue lodges there will be a new look to our time honored beliefs and traditions. The plan is to make this a sustained
effort toward a renewed pride in being not just a man, but a Mason.
n September, before the second and third hurricanes
made landfall, the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction initi-
ated plans to help our Brethren in Houston, Florida,
and later, Puerto Rico, in the wakes of the devastating
storms. From past experi-
ence we realized that some of the
simplest operations – paying for
food and other supplies – become
difficult, if not impossible. To
help alleviate immediate needs,
gift cards were distributed. Below
is a letter from Bro. George Lil-
lard who helped distribute them:
It has been my greatest experience in Masonry to help
distribute the NMJ relief cards these past few days. I only wish
you and more of my fellow NMJ brothers could have been
here to experience firsthand the impact it’s having on so many
lives. Brothers dusty, sweaty standing on the curb in front of a
gutted home next to heaps of their ruined possessions – saying
thank you – but only after insisting they were OK – better to
help others worse hit.
"The overall Masonic response has been excellent here
– Brothers rolling up their sleeves and pitching in as well as
many of the local Masonic bodies with collections & donations.
But the significant actions taken by you guys are worthy of
very special commendation. You provided major relief to Houston Masons where very few are your constitutes – the finest
example of adherence to our tenet of relief.
"Of our tenets of Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth,
Brotherly Love comes pretty easy and Truth should – but Relief
requires that we get up and do something – that you have my
Illustrious Brother – in a most generous and effective way.
TWO NEW PUBLICATIONS
As he ended his tenure as Sovereign Grand
Commander, John Wm. McNaughton, 33˚, penned his
thoughts on the future of Freemasonry. Titled
Reclaiming the Soul of Freemasonry, it encapsulates
data from the most comprehensive research study of
Freemasonry and the Scottish Rite in more than 20
years. The results show how 1,000 men from across the
United States respond to the message of Freemasonry;
what Scottish Rite members want from the fraternity;
leadership in the blue lodges, and the role of technology. Also, it compares and contrasts secular charities vs.
caring for each other.
Also adding to the NMJ library is The Spirit of
Freemasonry, an annotated translation by Ill. Kamel
Oussayef, 33˚. This volume is divided into 12 chapters
which can be read in any order and deal with various
Masonic subjects that might seem exotic, strange, and
maybe even bizarre in the 21st century. It contains 225
beautifully calligraphed pages and four symbolic
drawings hand painted with shimmering colors. The
book casts a bright light on Masonic texts, symbols,
rituals, definitions, secret alphabets, and calendars.
Some of its writings are dissertations on the history
or philosophy of humankind. Others are fascinating
descriptions of old rituals that, by now, have been
transformed to suit the contemporary mind.