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Can We Succeed Without Communicating?
Date: 3/24/2018 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Cecilia Sifuentes
Synopsis: One of the aims of Freemasonry is the perfecting of humanity. By utilizing the science of body language, or kinesthetic, we can understand whether our communication is achieving its goal and whether or not we are helping our neighbors, friends, and acquaintance better themselves. By careful observation of how someone presents oneself, we can assist in advancing our interactions through more effective communications. In this discussion, we will look at the auto response of body language and try to understand how we can use this silent method of communication to advance our fellow man.

Are the Republics Ideals of Plato Useful in Our World Today?
Date: 4/28/2018 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Katherine Murillo
Synopsis: Platos ideal society is built on the ideal of justice, and the first care of the rulers is to be education. Education not only for the youth but of the whole of life. His concept of education is far more than only intellectual, it encompasses moral, religious education as well. We will explore how these ideals outlined in the Republic of Plato are useful in our world today These teachings relate to the Masonic principles in the sense that the nature of justice depends on the nature of the city and there is a strong relationship between the city and the soul.

Which Age Advanced the Cause of Human Evolution Furthest?
Date: 5/26/2018 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Matias Cumsille
Synopsis: The Age of Enlightenment was a cultural movement of intellectuals in the 17th and 18th centuries. Its purpose was to reform the way of thinking by the use of reason, to challenge ideas grounded in tradition and faith, and advancing knowledge through the scientific method. It promoted scientific thought, skepticism and intellectual interchange and completely opposed any kind of superstition, intolerance and abuses of power by the church and the state. As human evolution is one of the most important aspects to Freemasonry, we will discuss which age advanced the human progression the most and what ideologies we can use in our modern times.

What is the connection between Trees and Humans?
Date: 7/28/2018 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Danys Bartell-Guerra
Synopsis: The tribes who lived amongst nature and her surroundings knew a long time ago the symbiotic relationship we share with trees. They knew the bond between humans and trees was one of mutual benefit. They knew that for the health and well-being of all life forms that we were the ones entrusted with the duty of care to the trees and all life forms that humans share this planet with. Many cultures knew that as the tree populace dwindled so to did our health. How does their philosophy about the connection between trees and humans coincide with Masonic teachings? Joins us to discuss these connections and more.

What Role has Dance Played in the Evolution of Humanity?
Date: 9/22/2018 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Art
Presenter: Lylia Gonzalezfrayle
Synopsis: Dance has existed for thousands of years. Paintings of dancing were found in India from nine thousand years ago. In Egypt, the Priests used dance in the visual story telling of their rituals. In Europe they tended to distinguish between dance and other kind of physical movement like sports, military drills, synchronized labor, festival processions, by identifying a dimension of conscious craft or artistry. Anthropology has discovered that these movements differs in different cultures, as well as how it relates to music theater, pantomime, storytelling, and other kinds of performative behavior. Does Freemasonry use body movement discipline, or dance, to instruct and direct the mind through Ritual? dwindled so to did our health. We need the trees as much as they need us. Without them, we would not have oxygen and without us, they would not have carbon dioxide. And therein lies the symbiotic relationship.

Does Alchemy Have Importance In Our Modern Life?
Date: 10/27/2018 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Katie Cumsille
Synopsis: Alchemy, as a valid science, reached its height of prominence during the mid 1650s with such important practitioners like Sir Isaac Newton. Many great minds during the Renaissance Period and before have not found it contrary to their belief in God nor Science to become Alchemical students. But much has changed since then and Alchemy has fallen so far from its light. Does the current place in which Alchemy has been reduced make sense to the Freemason who wishes to understand all areas of study?

Alice in Wonderland Philosophy, what does it mean?
Date: 12/8/2018 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Katherine Murillo
Synopsis: Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland, was well versed in the sciences as a mathematician, exploring both the natural and spiritual world. When Carroll first wrote this story, he called it Alices Adventures Underground. Is there a relationship between this tale and Ancient Mystery Schools? How do you relate this tale with 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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