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Has war ever benefited humanity?
Date: 11/9/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Shawn Thorson
Synopsis: War is terrible - death, destruction, and misery abound as its result. However, some might argue that we might never have reached our current level of technology and civilization if war had not forced the issue. Is there ever truly a "just" war? Many Freemasons have served with distinction in the 19th and 20th Centuries - how did they reconcile the concepts of brotherhood and violence?

Is the search for meaning in life a moral obligation?
Date: 12/14/2019 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Jamie Shuler
Synopsis: In his 1942 Philosophical Essay The Myth of Sisyphus, Albert Camus proclaims “There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy.” Camus believed man’s search for meaning and happiness was a moral obligation, posing the meaning of life as the most urgent of life’s questions. Does the Masonic ideal to seek truth, paired with the duties to speak truth, be tolerant, and practice solidarity, support Camus’ question in proclaiming a reason for the work that is living?

What is Freemasonry?
Date: 1/11/2020 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Doyle Slack
Synopsis: Universal Co-Masonry was brought to the United States in the early 1900s by a French socialist and Italian journalist, both seeking to bring the philosophy of Freemasonry to the people. Universal Co-Masonry is a Masonic institution that admits men and women, on equal footing, into its ranks. Hailing from the Ancient Mysteries Schools of the Old World, Universal Co-Masonry is an intellectual, philosophical, and spiritual order that works towards the advancement of the human race. Join us as we host a Questions and Answers meeting on Freemasonry.

Is Mathematics an invention of the human mind, or part of the fabric of reality?
Date: 2/8/2020 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Formal Science
Presenter: Lee Dunn
Synopsis: 19th Century physicist James Jeans said “The Universe appears to have been designed by a pure mathematician.” As Mario Livio states in his book Is God a Mathematician?, “Mathematics appears to be almost too effective in describing and explaining not only the cosmos at large, but even some of the most chaotic of human enterprises.” We will discuss some of the major mathematical discoveries in history, and debate whether they are merely cleverly devised symbols or fundamental universal principles.

Is the Biblically foretold “Second coming of Christ” an evolution of human consciousness rather than a physical event?
Date: 3/21/2020 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Jamie Shuler
Synopsis: Jesus promised his disciples and those who followed him that he would come again. This is known as the Second Coming. Many modern Christians believe this to be a physical event, what though, if it was intended to reflect evolution of the human spirit? "And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God comes not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you" (Luke 17:20-21). Freemasonry seeks to destroy ignorance in all it's forms, discussing this great historical question may draw us closer to the Truth.

"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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