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West Boylston Study Center
Worcester Public Library 3 Salem Square Worcester, MA
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Was Christine de Pisan a Feminist?
Date: 12/8/2018 3:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Art
Presenter: Anouk Van Opstal
Synopsis: The French poet Christine de Pisan (1365-1430) was arguably the first female author in Europe to make her living as a writer. Famous for her poetry and love ballads, de Pisan also wrote prose and political treatises. With the encouragement and aid of royals de Pisan completed a biography of Frances King Charles V. Her final work was a poetic eulogy dedicated to Joan of Arc. But the literature for which de Pisan is most celebrated today are her writings that pressed for womens rights. During this M.P.S. we will discover some of her works and debate about how they advocates for womens rights. Lastly, we will discuss the Honorable Order of Universal Co-Masonrys free admission to both man and woman.

Is the Story of Jesus Christ a Solar Story?
Date: 1/12/2019 3:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Isaac Levy
Synopsis: Christianity has been one of the most influential forces for the last thousand years. The story of Jesus is essential to Christianity as a core part of its philosophy. However, Christianity may have incorporated other aspects of existing religions in order to convert more members. The sun was a subject of worship in ancient times. Is the Bible something that should be taken literally or are there any esoteric messages or meanings contained within its texts? Is the story of Jesus Christ a solar story?

How Can We Use Esotericism in Our Own Development?
Date: 4/13/2019 3:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Lylia Gonzalezfrayle
Synopsis: The etymology of “Esotericism” is the Greek adjective ‘esoterikos’ meaning: “belonging to the inner circle.” This word first appeared in 1828 in the work of French writer Jacques Matter “Histoire critique du gnosticisme.” There are many different types of Esoteric traditions that have expanded across the globe, each with their own usages and understanding. With Esotericism often thought of as a science of redemption and the philosophy of evolutionary processes, we will discuss how Esotericism is important to the human experience and how Freemasonry, just like science and religion, has also utilized its philosophies and archetypes.

"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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