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Is the divine nature of Man frightening to man?
Date: 10/15/2017 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Cat Pedini
Synopsis: Neither the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis nor the film by Martin Scorsese are based upon the Gospels, but upon a fictional exploration of the eternal spiritual conflict. And yet both have been subject to condemnation and criticism - the book was banned, the film protested. But why? If Jesus Christ was both the Son of God AND the Son of Man, does it not follow that both these natures, the human and the divine, should both be celebrated instead of denied? Does Freemasonry help someone strive toward his or her own divine nature?

What use does the Pythagorean Theorem have in our daily lives and in Freemasonry?
Date: 11/4/2017 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Formal Science
Presenter: Lylia Gonzalezfrayle
Synopsis: The 47th Proposition of Euclid is a very difficult subject for people who do not have too much understanding of Mathematics. Yet, it is the understanding of the relationship of the numbers 3, 4, and 5. We all know that the triangle has three sides. In a right triangle, the sum of the squares of the two sides is equal to the square of the hypotenuse. In other words the square of 3 (9), plus the square of 4 (16) is equal to the square of 5 (25), which is the hypotenuse of the right angle triangle. What are the uses of the 47th Proposition? Are we able to understand its place in architecture? What is correlation with the square? What relationship does it have with Freemasonry?

American Gods: Can Old Gods Thrive in a Modern World?
Date: 12/10/2017 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Cat Pedini
Synopsis: American Gods is a novel by Neil Gaiman, now a TV series made for Starz by Bryan Fuller. It posits the idea of gods as immigrants, brought from the old country by old believers, now trying to exist in a modern world; a world more inclined to worship technology and media than Odin or Anansi. What would happen if these, the old gods and the new, were to wage a war for dominance in the minds of men? Where would the battle wage, what would winning or losing look like, and how would this war change the world? Can Freemasonry provide a structure within which all gods can exist?

Is there a secret to success?
Date: 1/6/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Michele Strevel
Synopsis: What do we define as success? The word degree in its primitive meaning signifies a step. Is it possible to achieve personal success through steps or degrees and if so, what are they? Business strategists claim to use certain defined steps to achieve their goals, psychologists help patients through personal struggles using defined steps to navigate through the myriad of human emotions. Is Masonic knowledge a guide for a successful, balanced life?

We are what we eat, can we heal ourselves with the proper diet?
Date: 2/3/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Formal Science
Presenter: Bro Klaudia Suszcynska
Synopsis: Superfoods, anti-oxidants, probiotics are all modern terms used to identify food that promotes a healthier lifestyle and could potentially cure everything from the common cold to cancer. Can we really heal our bodies and improve our mental health with the proper diet? what special properties do these foods have? does Freemasonry promote a healthier lifestyle?

"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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