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Does the Triangle Represent Fundamental Truths about Our Reality?
Date: 1/26/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Byron Gorrell
Synopsis: The triangle, as a symbol, can be seen in many places throughout our reality. Whether on the sub-atomic, palpable physical, conceptual, or metaphysical level, the triangle appears again and again. Freemasonry teaches us that symbols have deeper meaning than what is perceived at the surface. What, then, are the deeper meanings of the triangle? What is it that is fundamental about that shape that cuts across so much of our experience?

Is Beauty A Virtue?
Date: 2/23/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Janet Hendrickson
Synopsis: What is beauty? Are there different kinds of beauty? How do different people and cultures define it? Does it have a moral dimension? Does culture use beauty to signify virtue? Is the Good always Beautiful? In this MPS, we will look at how philosophers and artists have answered these questions and try to come to some answers of our own.

Do the Stars Truly Determine Our Fate?
Date: 3/23/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Carolyn Bellinger-Kawahara
Synopsis: Astrology is the study of the positions and movements of specific celestial bodies and their purported effect on human affairs. It is an ancient practice, dating back to at least the second millennium BC, and represents one of humanity's earliest attempts to understand itself and its place in the universe. Although it gave rise to the modern science of astronomy, today astrology itself is considered to be a pseudoscience with no scientific validity. Many people, however, still believe in astrology as evidenced by the plethora of books and daily horoscope columns. Ancient wisdoms often contain truths for understanding ourselves and others.

Is the Term "Elohim" Something Other Than a Name of God?
Date: 4/27/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Byron Gorrell
Synopsis: The term "Elohim" has been alternatively identified as a name of God, angels, demons, or other types of supernatural beings. It has been associated with The Shining Ones, the Anunnaki, Nephilim, and the Watchers. So what is more likely the case? And what are the implications for Humanity? Join us on our journey as we investigate the different possibilities and their significance.

Is the Quality of Mercy Among Masons Strained?
Date: 5/18/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Karen Kidd
Synopsis: Freemasons, particularly those in Malecraft Obediences, are known for their charity and good works. I know of no Brother, in any Obedience, who would willingly suffer a child to go hungry or would not assist a stranger in distress, so far as it is in their power to do so. And yet strangely, I've known quite a few Freemasons who will willingly knock would-be Candidates off their path toward the Craft or who will be mercilessly critical of another Freemason's labors. Why is this so? Is Mercy something directed outward from the Craft but we show our true nature within? Or is it we are more human with each other than we are with the "Other?"

How Does Our Spatial Environment Influence Us?
Date: 6/22/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Art
Presenter: Carolyn Bellinger-Kawahara
Synopsis: The psychological effect of our spatial environment is a well-studied phenomenon in fields ranging from marketing to architecture, to feng shui. For example, how do you feel eating in a fast food restaurant? How do you feel in a courtroom? In a library? Spatial proportions, color palette, and design style havebeen used since earliest times to promote desired feelings and behaviors in people. Perhaps changing our space can promote better behavior and feelings, such as empathy or compassion.

Is It Significant that Women Numbered Among Masons in Masonic Operative Guilds?
Date: 7/27/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Karen Kidd
Synopsis: One of the reasons Malecraft Masons put forward to suggest that women can't be Freemasons is that there were no women among the medieval operative masons, those who built the great cathedrals. When I name them - and I can - they generally just shuffle off with a message of "never mind." But it makes me wonder, does the inclusion of women among the operative support the right of women to be Freemasons? Or do women have the right to be Freemasons in modern times, even if there had been no women in the operative Masonic guilds?

Does Our Ruling Love Define Us?
Date: 8/24/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Janet Hendrickson
Synopsis: Swedish theologian and spiritualist Emanuel Swedenborg wrote "A man's very life is his love, and such as is the love, such is the life; in fact such is the whole man; but it is the dominant or ruling love which makes the man." We will dive more deeply into Swedenborg's writings on this topic and discuss whether or not they hold true in our lives. Do our identities ultimately come down to love, or do other feelings or traits have more significance?

Are Space and Time the Ultimate Illusion?
Date: 9/28/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Formal Science
Presenter: Byron Gorrell
Synopsis: As human beings, we take space and time as facts of life. Those two concepts underlie much of what we accept to be "reality" as we know it. Without those concepts, we would potentially cease to exist, at least in any form we recognize. So what is the nature of space and time? Are they truly as immutable as we think?

Why Are Ceremonies and Rituals Important in Our Lives?
Date: 10/26/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Carolyn Bellinger-Kawahara
Synopsis: Virtually every culture on earth has its own cultural ceremonies and celebrations. Why is this so? What purpose(s) do such rituals serve? Some types of ceremonies, such as marriage, are observed in most or many cultures, albeit in each culture's unique way. Other ritual are culture-specific, such as the bar/bat mitzvah or other "coming-of-age" ceremonies. We will discuss what components comprise rituals in general and why those things are important. We will also examine the effect(s) of rituals of the participants and why one might choose to participate. As Masons, we do ritual each and every time we meet for Lodge and the ceremonies are designed to invoke a specific effect in each Freemason.

What Is Your Quest? Manifestations of the Search for the Grail
Date: 11/23/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Janet Hendrickson
Synopsis: The "Story of the Quest for the Holy Grail" is not one story but many. The Grail itself takes different forms and has different purposes, depending on which story is being told. This session of the MPS will look at some of the different strands of Grail lore and what their differences suggest about humanity's highest values and deepest desires.

"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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