How to Join
The absolute requirements for becoming a Mason are:
- Be a man
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Have belief in a Supreme Being — of any faith. No particular religion or faith is required or excluded. All are welcome.
More things you should know:
- Freemasonry is the oldest and largest worldwide Fraternity in the world. Its members included Kings, Presidents, Prime Ministers, Statesmen, Generals, Admirals, Supreme Court Chief Justices, corporate CEO’s, opera stars, movie stars, and probably, your next door neighbors. Masonry is always ready to welcome good men into the Fraternity. It’s ready to welcome YOU, if in your heart you can answer “yes” to a few questions.
- Do you believe that there is such a thing as honor and that a man has a responsibility to act with honor in everything he does? Freemasons teach that principle. We believe that a life not founded on honor is hollow and empty–that a man who acts without honor is less than a man.
- Do you believe in God? No atheist can be a Freemason. Freemasons do not care what your individual faith is, that is a question between you and your God, but we do require that a man believe in a Supreme Being.
- Are you willing to allow others the same right to their beliefs that you insist on yourself? Masonry insists on toleration – on the right of each person to think for himself in religious, social and political matters.
- Do you believe that you have a responsibility to leave the world a better place than how you found it? Masonry teaches that each man has a duty not only to himself but also to others. We must do what we can to make the world a better place. Whether that means cleaning up the environment, working on civic projects, or helping children to walk or read or see – the world should be a better place because we passed through it.
- Do you believe that it is not only more blessed to give than to receive? Freemasons are involved with the problems and needs of others because we know it is the right thing to do, and it gives each of us a good feeling – unlike any other – to help. Much of our help is given anonymously. We’re not after gratitude; we’re more than rewarded by that feeling which comes from knowing we have helped another person overcome some adversity.
- Are you willing to give help to your Brothers when they need it, and to accept their help when you need it? Masonry involvess mutual help. Not just financial help (although that’s there, too) but help in the sense of being there when needed, giving support, lending a sympathetic ear.
- Do you believe there is more to life than just financial success? Freemasons know that self-development is more precious than money in the bank or social position or political power. Those things often accompany self-development. But they are no-substitute for it. Freemasons work at building their own lives and character, just as a carpenter works at building a house.
- Do you believe that a person should strive to be a good citizen and that we have a moral duty to be true to the country in which we live? Freemasons believe that a country is strong as long as freedom, equality, and the opportunity for human development are afforded to all. A Freemason is true to his government and its ideals. He supports its laws and authority when both are just and equitably applied. We uphold and maintain the principals of good government, and oppose every influence that would divide it in a degrading manner.
- Do you agree that man should show compassion to others, that goodness of heart is among the most important of human values? Freemasons do. We believe in a certain reverence for living things, a tenderness toward people who suffer. A loving kindness for our fellow man, and a desire to do right because it is right. Masonry teaches that although all men are fallible and capable of much wrong, when they discover the goodness of heart, they have found the true essence of virtue. Masonry helps men see their potential for deep goodness and virtue.
- Do you believe that men should strive to live a brotherly life? Freemasons see brotherhood as a form of wisdom, a sort of bond that holds men together, a private friendship that tells us, that we owe it to each other to be just in our dealing and to refuse to speak evil of each other. Freemasons believe a man should maintain an attitude of good will, and promote unity and harmony in his relations with one another, his family, and his community. Freemasons call this way of life believing in the Brotherhood of Man. It really means that every Freemason makes it his duty to follow the golden rule. This is why Masonry has been called one of the greatest forces for good in the world.
- If you answer “yes,” you should consider becoming a Freemason. Freemasonry offers much to its members, the opportunity to grow, the chance to make a difference, and to build a better world for our children. It offers a chance to be with and work with men who have the same values and ideals, men who have answered, “YES” to these questions. It’s easy to find out more. Just find a Freemason and ask him about Masonry. You probably know several Freemasons. Perhaps you’ve seen the Square and Compasses like the one on this page or on a pin, tie tack, or bumper sticker.
- If you are interested and wish to learn more, then drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or, if you want to go ahead and start the process to join our lodge, please download this Petition, fill it out and print it, and then give it to any Albert Pike Lodge member. You’ll find us more than happy to discuss Masonry further with you and start processing your petition. Feel free to join us at our evening meal prior to lodge on the 2nd Mondays at 6:30pm…we would be glad to spend a few minutes with you and answer questions (but Lodge starts at 7). We meet for dinner in the basement of the Grand Lodge Building at 102 Broad Street, Guthrie.
Or, again, reach out to us through our Secretary’s email at email@example.com.