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Santa Cruz Study Center
828 N Branciforte Avenue Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Hiram MPS is dark in December. No Meeting.
Date: 12/16/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Not Applicable
Synopsis: No Meeting.

What is Compassion?
Date: 7/28/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Karoli Clever
Synopsis: There are many emotions that guide the individual or larger group to respond to need, to help or lend comfort. Compassion may be a core programmed behavioral response or learned from nature, experience, or environment. We will explore what makes up compassion, something that many Freemasons aspire to attain.

Could Marcus Aurelius Have Been the First Freemason?
Date: 8/25/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Andrea Katzer
Synopsis: Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor from 161 to 180, was a practitioner of Stoicism. His writing called “Meditations” is a significant source of our modern understanding of ancient Stoic philosophy and could be considered the source of Masonic morality. The goal of Stoicism is freedom from passion through the pursuit of reason and apathy, in its ancient sense of being objective, unemotional and having clear judgment. In many respects, it bears a remarkable similarity to the ethical teachings of the Buddha and the four noble truths of Buddhism, and it also bears a remarkable similarity to Masonic teachings. Well explore how the writings of Marcus Aurelius perhaps built the foundations of Modern Freemasonry.

What is Liberty?
Date: 9/22/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Kathy Bidwell
Synopsis: There's much talk these days about our liberties; are they inherently ours or is it something we must pursue, as in the infamous “pursuit of life, liberty and happiness”? In this discussion, we'll explore the intangible concept of liberty, its five general types, and the significance liberty has to us as individuals and to society in general. We'll also discuss the relationship between liberty and Freemasonry.

Why do humans create ceremonies...?
Date: 10/13/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Karen ONeil
Synopsis: This study session will explore ceremonies of remembrance in various cultures and throughout the Ages, analyze their differences and commonalities, and address the question: "Why do we seek to remember?" Some contend that it is human instinct to remember those who have passed on, perhaps an innate need to remain connected with the premise of there being an afterlife. Others would argue that the ceremonies are mere examples of insecurities and fear of mortality.

Is a critically thinking electorate necessary to maintain a democracy?
Date: 11/24/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Bro. Karen O Neil
Synopsis: This topic will explore logic fallacies and whether an electorate should or must engage in critical thinking in order to maintain a democracy. Otherwise, are voters susceptible to manipulation transforming a democracy into a mobocracy? Can a well-informed and critically thinking electorate cause its representatives in a democracy to become more accountable to the needs of the people?

"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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