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Columbus Study Center

The Masonic Philosophical Society has been growing throughout the world steadily. While we offer many different resources for our members to grow and learn online, there is simply no substitute for attending the Study Center nearest you. When you attend a Study Center of the Masonic Philosophical Society you will have the opportunity, not only to hear from a speaker, but to participate in the dialogue.

Columbus Study Center
126 South State Street, Westerville, OH, 43081
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Why do we celebrate the Spring Equinox?
Date: 3/12/2017 1:15:00 PM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Darylee Foertsch
Synopsis: The Spring Equinox has been celebrated by people around the world throughout time. There are obvious reasons, such as winter having ended and spring beginning, bringing with it all of the blossoming colors and scents that we love. But there is more to it than that. Come with us on a Masonic journey through the earth's cycle on it axis and around the sun to reveal what import we have given a powerful marker of time.

What is "The Wizard of Oz" really about?
Date: 4/9/2017 1:15:00 PM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Darylee Foertsch
Synopsis: Over the years, both book and movie of The Wizard of Oz have fueled a number of theories as to the story's symbolic meanings. Some of the analyses have been overtly political, some have been spiritual, some even monetary. Often interpreting metaphorical language is in the eye of the beholder. During this meeting, we will try to answer the question, "what is the Wizard of Oz really about?" Please join us and see what Freemasons might think about Dorothy's quest and what the yellow brick road signifies.

What is Tolerance and its role in Masonry?
Date: 5/14/2017 1:15:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Darylee Foertsch
Synopsis: There are many definitions of tolerance and they apply to different aspects of our life. Albert Einstein said: “Laws alone cannot secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.” Masonry sees tolerance as one of the most important pillars in our daily life as well as a corner stone of our development. Join us for a discussion on what is tolerance and how it applies to our daily lives.

What is Natural Science?
Date: 7/10/2017 1:15:00 PM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Velma Foertsch
Synopsis: Many know the definition of Natural Science to be a branch of science concerned with description, prediction, and understanding of natural processes but is this really Natural Science? Freemasonry helps its Initiates to seek deeper in what seems obvious and to find understanding in what was born in doubt. Join us as we look into the hidden side of Nature and try to come to understand what Her science is.

What is the meaning of the ancient text that begins; "The Universe is Mental"? Is there any relationship to this statement and Freemasonry?
Date: 9/10/2017 1:15:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Darylee Foertsch
Synopsis: Quantum Mechanics has changed completely the view of the Universe. Today there are many scientist that are talking about consciousness, but what is consciousness and what is the relationship between Mind and Consciousness? Masonry utilizes ritual, which is a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order, which utilize the mind and the body as a principal means to personal transformation. How do these two ideas relate to each other?

Does genetic determinism rule our lives?
Date: 11/12/2017 1:15:00 PM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Darylee Foertsch
Synopsis: For the last century, we have been told by the scientific community that our genes determine everything. Is this a true statement? Are we a slave to our inherited genetic code? Join us as we take a look from a Masonic perspective at how the study of Epigenetics is changing the fatalistic view of Natural Selection.

Why and how do we celebrate the Winter Solstice?
Date: 12/10/2017 1:15:00 PM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Darylee Foertsch
Synopsis: The Winter Solstice is an ancient ceremony performed by a myriad of cultures and people. The celebration of nature is considered to be a pagan practice, but Christianity also celebrates the birth of Jesus at the of the Winter Solstice. Why is it then that Man finds reason to worship nature whether directly or in symbol?

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