Is art the most effective way to condition a society?
Date: 2/21/2017 6:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Art
Presenter: Isaac Levy
Synopsis: Human beings have used art to express joy, anguish, pleasure, pain, reverence, love, and hatred. Its various forms speak to a different bend of mind. Art has been used to convey abstract concepts and is a reflection of the society of its time. It has been used to elevate humanity. Despite its inherent beauty, art has also been used negatively to promote various ideals. Freemasonry as an institution supports the Arts and is considered an art itself; thus, we find ourselves pondering the dualistic nature of art. Is art less of an external experience and more of a psychological impact. Can art be used in such away that it can be the most effective way to condition a society for better or worse?
What is the purpose of esoteric organizations and Freemasonry in particular?
Date: 3/21/2017 6:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Chris Osborn
Synopsis: There have been many esoteric organizations that have existed over the centuries. Is there an underlying theme with these various organizations? Have they all been working toward a common purpose and what benefit to humanity have they wrought?We will discuss these questions and many more as we look to the future of Freemasonry by examining the past.
What did the ancients know and understand about Behavioral Science?
Date: 5/16/2017 6:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavorial Science
Presenter: Mark Valkonen
Synopsis: The study of behavior has been around possibly forever. What knowledge from ancient times has been preserved? Can modern man learn anything from ancient teachings and how to interact with one another? Perhaps this knowledge is outdated and needs to be supplanted with modern theory. Freemasons can examine this ancient knowledge and decide for themselves if this warrants inclusion in their world view.
Who were the Druids?
Date: 6/20/2017 6:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Katie Cumsille
Synopsis: The secrecy of an institution will always bring the fascination and scrutiny of outsiders. Like Freemasonry, the Druid religion has drawn inquisition because of its secrecy as well as historians knowing very little of this once prevalent religion. Speculation and questions have run rampant as the modern man tries to bring the priest-class of the Celts back from the recesses of religion's evolutionary tree. But of all of these questions, the most fundamental one that will set us off on adventure of dark-hooded robes and human sacrifices is, who were the Druids?
Is the mind the center of human life?
Date: 7/18/2017 6:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Sandy McKeown
Synopsis: The mind has the ability to remember, think, desire, calculate, and conceive. Therefore, the mind can be considered the center of human life. But, according to Japanese culture, the concept of hara is the focal point of our well-being. The hara can be translated as "gut" or "belly" or "abdomen". Recently, science has discovered a so-called second brain in the gut of our bodies. Is science confirming what the Japanese have known all along? How can being conscious of our gut make any difference in our integrity, calmness, courage, or compassion? Freemasonry blends body and mind into one awareness. Find out how this blending relates to the center of human life.
Has Democracy failed us in the modern age?
Date: 9/19/2017 6:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Matias Cumsille
Synopsis: The transition of the Western World from monarchy to democracy is full of war, greed, and debt. Instead of kings and nobles, we have politicians and CEOs, instead of feudalism, we have corporate control, and instead of the Monarchy, Oligarchy. Everywhere one looks, there is nothing but centralization of government, wealth, and resources. Yet, why is life better now than it was 400 years ago? This and more will be discussed as we travel down the rabbit hole into the hidden truth behind the modern worlds failure to bring about true liberty for all people regardless of race, gender, or religion; and how Freemasonry possesses the model of government for the 21st century.
Should advancements in science have to adhere to a moral code?
Date: 10/17/2017 6:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Formal Science
Presenter: Cristina McNeirney
Synopsis: Two fundamental principles of the Masonic Order are a strong moral code and the advancement of knowledge through the study of the natural sciences; both founding principles essentially are meant to benefit humanity. However, what are the repercussions when science doesn’t adhere to a code of morals? Should technological advancements still be allowed if it endangers the livelihood of the human race?
Should certain books be banned from the public?
Date: 12/19/2017 6:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Isaac Levy
Synopsis: America prides itself on the First Amendment, the freedom of speech. However, the American Library Association receives hundreds of complaints annually for certain books to be banned due to offensive ideas, sexually explicit content, or racial context. Many countries have books banned as well. Should certain books be banned from the public? Does this protect society or oppress society? Would Freemasonry, being an institution that fosters learning, advocate the banning of certain publications from the public?