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What Can the Life of Samurai Miyamoto Musashi Teach Us About Freemasonry?
Date: 6/9/2018 3:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Aksel Suvari
Synopsis: At the height of feudal Japan there lived a samurai by the name of Miyamoto Musashi. First tested in battle at the age of 13, Musashi would go on to become one of the most feared and legendary swordsmen in history. Not content merely with the mastery of the sword, Musashi was adept in the ways of poetry, art, music, and philosophy. In the few writings we have of his we can find a worldview in absolute harmony with the precepts of Freemasonry. By studying the accomplishments of his life we can better understand the warrior spirit and how it can help us lead a more noble life.

What is the Most Important Factor for Success?
Date: 7/14/2018 3:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Madeline Habib
Synopsis: There is one factor that is a major predictor of success in life. How can we use this information to help us in all walks of life and is it critical for loving relationships, success at work, and being a good Mason. Join us as we uncover what the most important factor of success is.

Does the Theology of Star Wars Teach Us That All Religion is Doomed to Failure?
Date: 9/8/2018 3:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Chris Osborn
Synopsis: The stories of the Star Wars franchise show us that what appears to be good isnt always as apparent as it seems and that evil doesn’t really have much to offer, or does it? Perhaps it isnt as clear cut as we would like it to be, however the ongoing battle between the Jedi and the Sith has some interesting correlations to real life and Freemasonry, and can perhaps help us to understand the purpose of religion and whether or not it will ultimately succeed or fail. May the Force be with you!

Was it the best of times AND the worst of times?
Date: 11/10/2018 3:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Katie Cumsille
Synopsis: The great classics of European literature have been fully integrated into American culture. Charles Dickens's Tale of Two Cities is one of those pieces of art that have come to line the shelves of many American home libraries. Why is that this story has spoken to so many? Have we not experienced life at the highest peaks and the lowest valleys ourselves? Freemasonry works to unite where many would polarize. Thus, we will look to the pages of this story for guidance in trying to understand our own tale of two cities: our past and future; our knowledge and beliefs; our failures and triumphs;

Does the Trivium Method provide a Path to Intellectual freedom?
Date: 12/8/2018 3:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Formal Science
Presenter: Aksel Suvari
Synopsis: Freedom is a necessary require for any candidate for Freemasonry. In the modern age and especially in the West we think of ourselves as inherently free but how independent are our thoughts? Throughout history the Trivium Method of critical thinking has been used by great minds to explore the hidden mysteries of Nature and Science. By examining the Trivium Method and the logical fallacies we will carve a path towards the mental freedom required to pursue these same mysteries and come one step closer to the door of Freemasonry.

"A human being is a part of a whole, called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest ... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
Albert Einstien
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