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What are the hidden messages and symbolism in allegorical art?
Date: 3/16/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Art
Presenter: Tracy Leavey
Synopsis: Allegorical art was a frequent form of art used by artists to express religious beliefs, political opinions or personal experience without being forthcoming on their own beliefs and observations. The artist's opinion on such matters may not align with the common practices of the era, so painting with symbolism became a way of creating his story. The hidden message in his work would only become apparent with a deeper study of the artist himself and what symbol he used to represent a subject. Everyone loves a good story, right? Perhaps the story gets more interesting because we need to interpret the symbolism or maybe the work of art gets more interesting because we know there is hidden meaning. Is an allegorical work of art a good analogy of the journey of a Freemason? At this MPS we will dissect and discuss the story being told in several different pieces of art from Renaissance and Contemporary artists.

Is musical ability born in us, developed through practice, or inspired by Muses?
Date: 7/20/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Christina Galeassi
Synopsis: This discussion will focus on what musicians have had to say about their own experiences with music and lyrics. We'll explore why some musicians play by ear (especially children) while others rely on scales and notes to guide them, followed by a discussion on why there may be possible differences.

Should the words "under God" be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance?
Date: 8/17/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Janet Lowther
Synopsis: The August topic will be conducted by Brother Janet Lowther on a study of Freemasonry. One of the tenants of Freemasonry, at least in America, is that one who wishes to join have a belief in a power or force greater than themselves. What we know as the Pledge of Allegiance was originally composed in 1892 and formally adopted by Congress as the pledge in 1942. The last change in language came on Flag Day 1954 when the words "under God" were added. If our country is truly inclusive to all beliefs-including atheism-should this latest change be revoked?

Is Deism really Atheism in disguise?
Date: 9/21/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Doyle Slack
Synopsis: Deism is the belief that while God exists and he created the universe, He has since been a hands off being-He is the clockmaker that has no need or want of adoration. He has created the world and it need no longer to concern itself with His presence. Deism, created at the time of the Age of Reason, values the mysteries of Science and Nature to explain the world. Much of what the Deist values are also valued by the Atheist- a strong sense of morality, a foundation in science and reason, and no need for organized religion. Freemasons value science, nature and God, concepts which, to either the Atheist or Deist, may seem at odds with each other. We will discuss the similarities and differences between Deism and Atheism and determine if these two are closer in belief and nature than they first appear.

What does it mean to Grok or Understand in Fullness?
Date: 10/19/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Chris Osborn
Synopsis: Robert Heinlein's book "Stranger in a Strange Land" was highly controversial for its time in many ways. It introduced a concept of Grok, which can be defined in several ways including "to drink," "to understand in fullness," "to understand intuitively or by empathy," "to establish rapport with," and "to empathize or communicate sympathetically with," and also "to experience enjoyment". This term has been largely accepted in several communities to describe concepts that are difficult to explain in words. Yet, how can we apply this concept to our own lives and to Freemasonry in particular? Is this the same as Divine Knowledge?

Do Good and Evil Really Exist?
Date: 11/16/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Doyle Slack
Synopsis: In religion, ethics, and philosophy, the concept of "good and evil" is a dichotomy which appears to be universal. Every language has a word expressing good in the sense of "having the right or desirable quality" and bad in the sense "undesirable." But who decides what is "good" and what is "evil?" A requirement of becoming a Freemason is that one is upright-having a strong moral compass. We will discuss differing viewpoints of whether "good" and "evil" truly exist and how they relate to the concept of morality.

What is the relationship between the Solstice and Duality?
Date: 12/21/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Tracy Leavey
Synopsis: The Winter Solstice is the darkest day of the year. From that point, the light depends where you reside (Northern Hemisphere versus Southern Hemisphere). Freemasons celebrate St John the Evangelist for the Winter Solstice in December and St John the Baptist for the Summer Solstice in June. These patron saints represent passionate zeal and learned constraint, life and death, light and darkness. In this Meet-up, we will explore how this relationship of duality and the Solstice is honored and studied in Freemasonry and examine if there really is duality or merely opposites within the whole.

How can the miracles that Saints, Yogis and Ascended Masters perform be explained?
Date: 1/18/2020 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Bro. Karen Phelps
Synopsis: Throughout history, stories of performed miracles have been attributed to Saints, Yogis and Ascended Masters. Are these miracles truly blessings from a higher source or simply an elaborate magic trick to attract fame and followers? It is said that when you know what the magician knows, it is not magic anymore. Perhaps the performance of miracles comes from the knowledge of a hidden science. In this study session, we will explore the various types of miracles documented, possible explanations for these miracles, the criteria and scientific study employed by the Vatican in confirming Sainthood, and how Initiation and Meditation may evoke the spiritual consciousness necessary to perform miracles.

"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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