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Are we ready to interact in a multiracial community?
Date: 11/11/2017 4:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Cecilia Sifuentes
Synopsis: Racial mixing, in and of itself, is not a new phenomenon in the world; however, In the USA it has increased since the passage of Civil Rights legislation and dismantling of state laws banning interracial marriage. The changing terrain of race relations has also been accompanied by an emergent cultural space where mixed race people who identify as “multiracial” are visible in the media and “multiracial” identity is increasingly viewed as a legitimate racial identity. The Co-Masonic order, fraternally united without distinction sexes, race, religion, or creed and aspires to move pass the limitations of the perceived difference between us by uniting us in a common purpose. Are we, as humans, ready to interact according to this Masonic ideal?

Is there free will in religion?
Date: 12/9/2017 4:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Katherine Murillo
Synopsis: Freewill is Gods greatest gift to humanity. However this gift still does not give humanity the "get out of jail free card." Free will is having the ability to make choices despite whether they are good or ill. It appears that free will issues always come to the surface when there is an issue of a poor decision. This tends to be used as an escape goat to not having to obey moral principles to others; thus, many religions have created cultures and dogmas to remove the "poor choices" we make, but to what end? Is the removing of poor choice end free will in religion?

Are we entrenched in a world of symbols?
Date: 1/27/2018 4:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Daisy Valdes
Synopsis: A symbol can be any word, image, thing, creature, or being that represents an idea or inference outside of its conventional meaning. Many people think that they have absconded from the world of symbols and myths. The contemporary man prides himself on being a realistic, logical, and scientific theorist, who only cares about the world of senses and doesn’t concern himself with mysticism. The world of symbols seems to be an unconscious phenomenon. In Masonry, symbols are visual means of attaining the beginnings of a Masonic Education, and in order to understand how masonic symbols influence our lives, it is necessary to work in bringing out the unconscious into the conscious. Do we live in a world of symbols? Are symbols a natural part of a man and how his mind works?

Why is the Word "Metastasis" Perceived As A Negative Light?
Date: 2/24/2018 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Danys Bartell-Guerra
Synopsis: Many people associate the word "metastasis" with cancer, with the inevitable ending of ones life, the end stage of the disease that consumes the body. Following the philosophy of Freemasonry, which beseeches its members to look at all sides of an idea, philosophy, or problem, one must stop and wonder if this association of death with metastasis is really its only meaning. The definition of metastasis shows a different understanding of changes of position, state, or form. In this discussion we will explore what metastasis could be. Is it the end or just the beginning of a new transformation?

Can We Succeed Without Communicating?
Date: 3/24/2018 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Cecilia Sifuentes
Synopsis: One of the aims of Freemasonry is the perfecting of humanity. By utilizing the science of body language, or kinesthetic, we can understand whether our communication is achieving its goal and whether or not we are helping our neighbors, friends, and acquaintance better themselves. By careful observation of how someone presents oneself, we can assist in advancing our interactions through more effective communications. In this discussion, we will look at the auto response of body language and try to understand how we can use this silent method of communication to advance our fellow man.

"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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