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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 Much Control Does Man Have Over Himself?
Date: 2/9/2019 3:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Formal Science
Presenter: Matias Cumsille
Synopsis: The ability to alter gene expression rather than the DNA code of an individual through the environment is called epigentics. It is a fascinating branch of science that is still being active studied and one that should call everyone's attention. With knowledge that environment and age affecting how we express our DNA, what control does man have over himself? This is a very important question not just to the Freemason but to man in general. Join us as we discuss the reach of epigentics and how much we really are in control of the decisions we make.

Who is more apt, the one that competes best or the one that cooperates best?
Date: 3/9/2019 3:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Janet Castro
Synopsis: It is a perception that man is by nature a social being; and that from the interaction with one another, results the evolution of mind processes and attitudes. However, you may disagree with this statement and say, instead, that man is an Individual Being. Whatever be the outcome of this our first discussion, it is with no doubt that our specie has evolved in a social environment and thus, by the crude hand of our social relations, of which competition and cooperation play an important part. Why is competition and cooperation part of our social relations? What attitude is considered more apt for a Freemason?

How Do We Make Tough Decisions?
Date: 6/8/2019 3:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Anouk Van Opstal
Synopsis: We spend an inordinate amount of time, and a tremendous amount of energy, making choices in everyday situations. We also manage to often turn trivial choices into a tortured mental task. How do we make hard choices? How does one navigate a world of seemingly infinite alternatives? And what happens when the choice is "made" for us"? We will discuss the relationship between reason, value, and instinct and how we navigate the sea of pros and cons as we make decisions that shape our lives as well as how does Freemasonry help us in making these choices.

Does magic exists and where does it come from?
Date: 7/13/2019 3:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Julia Rousseau
Synopsis: Magic has a long history. It has been practiced by all different people and cultures. Its practice can be one of good that leads to harmony and evolution or the opposite, which leads to madness and possibly death. Magic is a collection of ancient mysteries utilized by both initiates and profanes who have obtained satisfying’s results. In the field of magic, it is necessary practice with awareness as any word of power, gesture, prayer or symbol is vita. Join us as we discuss the history of magic, its import, and how Freemasonry can help one to understand that magic is a natural not yet understood.

Was Christine de Pisan a feminist?
Date: 11/9/2019 3:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Literature
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 France’s 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 women’s rights. During this MPS we will discover some of her works; argue about how they advocates for women’s rights. Lastly, we will discuss The Honorable Order of Universal Co-Masonry’s free admission to both man and woman.

"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
Physicist
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