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"The Invisible Cloth": What is the Metaphor Embedded in this Tale?
Date: 3/28/2018 5:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Formal Science
Presenter: Jeanette Castro
Synopsis: “The invisible Cloth”, cleverly altered by Andersen in “The Emperors new Cloth”, is a story from Spains fourteenth century, "The Fifty Pleasant Stories of Patronio." The story is about two impostor weavers who promise a king a new suit of clothes that is invisible to those who are illegitimate sons of their father. When the King parades before his subjects in his new clothes, no one dares to say what they see until a slave, who happened to notice the king thus equipped; for he, having nothing to lose, came to him and said, "Sire, to me it matters not whose son I am, therefore I tell you that you are riding without any clothes." Why do we deny truth despite evidence? What do Freemasons think about how and why truth should be pursued? Why do we assume statements that do not stand in any reasonable argument without criticism?

Does Nihilism Lead to a Fulfilling Life?
Date: 4/25/2018 6:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Isaac Levy
Synopsis: Human beings are blessed (or cursed) with intelligence. We use this ability to gain insights into our selves and the world around us and we develop meaning from it. Even if we dont understand something, our brain will make up an answer to justify its existence. The Nihilist will argue that it is better to not believe in anything than to believe in something that is false. Does the philosophy of Nihilism lead to a fulfilling life and is this philosophy in opposition to everything Freemasonry stands for?

The U.S. Electoral College: Effective System or Outdated Paradigm?
Date: 5/23/2018 6:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Elaine Phelen
Synopsis: In the 2016 Presidential Election, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote but lost to Donald Trump in the Electoral College, which gave him the Presidency. Are American citizens qualified to elect the President? The political philosophy that ordinary citizens are not qualified to choose their leaders was common practice in the early years of popular voting. Instead, nations made use of indirect voting, whereby the voters would elect a group of representatives to select public leaders on their behalf. The Electoral College is the last vestige of this arcane system still operating in the United States. Thus, when Americans go to vote for the President on Election Day they are not voting for the President, they are choosing representatives who will vote on their behalf. Freemasonry rests under the banner of the universality of all mankind and operates under the principles of Tolerance, Justice, and Equality. When American Citizens are withheld the electoral power to choose our President, are we truly operating as, “We the People,” as stated in the U.S. Constitution? Join the discussion to learn about the U.S. Electoral College, Freemasonry, and the role of Equality in our electoral process.

What Can the Life of Samurai Miyamoto Musashi Teach Us About Freemasonry?
Date: 6/27/2018 6:00:00 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.

Was Judas’ Betrayal of Jesus an Act of a Compassionate Sacrifice?
Date: 7/25/2018 5:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Dennis Garza
Synopsis: The revelation of the events in the second chapter of acts could not have been possible without the events that led to the replacement of Judas, with Matthias. Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve original disciples of Jesus, is perhaps the most famous and the most widely misunderstood of the disciples. Even the Gospels disagree as to how the events occurred, to his possible motive, and to how he died. Despite the inconsistencies, or as a result, the story of Judas gives us a treasure trove of ideas to ponder. Let us explore!

Do Ancient Alchemical Beliefs on the Cycle of the Elements Have any Bearing to the Modern World?
Date: 8/22/2018 6:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Byron Gorrell
Synopsis: Ancient practitioners of alchemy believed that the four basic elements, Earth, Water, Air, and Fire, formed a cycle which describes, in mesmerizing detail, how Humanity evolves. Moreover, the cycle is described as a precise sequence, paralleling aspects of the world as they then understood it. Do those philosophical and pseudoscientific practices dating from around the 13th century really have any bearing on modern society?

Do the Ends Justify the Means?
Date: 9/26/2018 6:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Jeanette Castro
Synopsis: This is a phrase taken from the Latin text "Medulla theologiae moralis" (1645). The phrase found literally says: “Cum finis est licitus, etiam media sunt tender” which means “When the end is licit so is the mean." The Freemason is inclined to investigate this powerful axiom as both the means and the end carry a moral burden and an inevitable impact. This months MPS will focus on the different ethical meanings that this controversial maxim contains.

Is the evolution of language an indication of the evolution of man?
Date: 10/24/2018 6:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Formal Science
Presenter: Katie Cumsille
Synopsis: How well do you understand your native language? Its intricate and complex nature causes misunderstandings and conflict as well as communicates feelings and emotions. There is no group of people, including Freemasons, that do not exhibit a level of language, whether it be complex or simple. Such variation in language leads one to ask: Is there a connection between an extensive language system and the evolution of its speakers? Join us as we study the foundation of psycholinguistics and see if we can correlate it to Man's evolution, and more especially to our own personal evolution.

What would our Founding Fathers think of the Supreme Court Today?
Date: 11/28/2018 6:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Doyle Slack
Synopsis: Many of the Founding Fathers of this country were either Freemasons, or their ideals aligned closely with Masonic principles. They defined a system of government with checks and balances consisting of the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches. All of these have evolved over time, but the role of the Supreme Court has changed significantly, some would say far beyond what the Founding Fathers had in mind.

Dark
Date: 12/26/2018 6:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Dark
Synopsis: Bro. Matias has authorized the Center going dark for the holiday season

"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."
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