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How Does the Wisdom of Seneca Apply to the Modern World?
Date: 4/14/2018 4:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Claradene Wycoff
Synopsis: "Life is like a play in the theater: it does not matter how long it lasts, but how well it was played.” Most modern students are introduced to the philosophical school of Stoicism through the writings of Lucius Annaeus Seneca, a major political figure and Roman statesman of the first century. While his popularity has ebbed and flowed throughout history, does his philosophy still hold weight in our modern times? How does his philosophy coincide with Masonic teachings? Join us to discuss these questions and more.

Can we understand ourselves by claiming the stars?
Date: 5/12/2018 4:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Deborah Dilley
Synopsis: Humankind has mapped the stars throughout the millennia, naming constellations by using the mythic stories that formulate the foundations of our history, morals, and cultural identities. Why do humans see our mythic heroes in the night sky? It is an attempt to connect to the heavens? Is it an attempt to conquer the infinite, harnessing it by name? Using the analytical tools of Freemasonry, we will seek answers to these questions by evaluating the science of astronomy and the intersections of esoteric ideals of our place in the universe.

The End of the world: Is this really it?
Date: 6/9/2018 4:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Helen Cox
Synopsis: Freemasonry seeks to preserve and uplift mankind, yet there are many beliefs, groups and individuals who predict the end of humanity. Join us as we explore historic events, religious groups, ancient civilizations, superstition, fear, and statistics; as well as the rhetoric and realities regarding the end of humanity.

How Do We Apply Homers "The Odyssey" To Our Own Lives?
Date: 7/14/2018 4:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Rochelle Smith
Synopsis: Composed around 700 BC, "The Odyssey" is one of the earliest epics still in existence and, in many ways, sets the pattern for the genre, neatly fitting the definition of a primary epic. The hero is long-suffering Odysseus, King of Ithaca and surrounding islands and hero of the Trojan War. He has been gone 20 years from his homeland, his wife, and his son. Odysseus embodies many of the virtues of ancient Greek civilization and in some ways, defines them. He is not, however, without his flaws, which sometimes get him into trouble. For many Freemasons, "The Odyssey" is a analogous framework in which each person explores their own personal path. Join us as we explore Odysseuss journey home and compare it to the personal odyssey each individual makes in their own spiritual progress. We will discuss the major themes of hospitality, loyalty, perseverance, vengeance, appearance versus reality, and spiritual growth.

What is the Masonic Legacy in Music?
Date: 9/8/2018 4:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Art
Presenter: Jennifer Klenk
Synopsis: From Mozart to Duke Ellington, Masonic musicians influenced music genres and marked a strong legacy in the history of music. Our group will explore the magnificent works of Masonic Music Masters and try to uncover some of the symbolism behind their works. Will we find common ideas shared throughout the musical language of our Brothers? Or are their archetypes unique to their own work?

What is the Purpose or Justice of War?
Date: 10/13/2018 4:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Claradene Wycoff
Synopsis: Where does the right path of action lie when one duty conflicts with another? The Bhagavad-Gita has been the exemplary text of Hindu culture for centuries, both in India and in the West. Set on an ancient battlefield where the armies of rival cousins stand ready to do battle, it is the epic tale of the warrior-prince Arjuna as he confronts a life-or-death moral dilemma. This crisis central to the Gita has inspired centuries of Indian philosophers, Freemasons, as well as Western thinkers such as Thoreau, Emerson, Eliot, Einstein, and Thomas Merton. Join us as we examine the Gita, using a Masonic framework of analysis and decision-making, to answer the question: What is the purpose or justice of war?

How can Aboriginal Songlines change the way we think?
Date: 11/10/2018 4:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Deborah Dilley
Synopsis: The cultural history and land typography of Australia has been passed down through the generations by the Songlines of the Indigenous Australians. Integral to Aboriginal spirituality, Songlines have functioned as an encyclopedia of knowledge and cultural/ritual preservation. Freemasonry asks of its adherents to esoterically evaluate the foundations of structures, which sometimes means learning to view the world from a new and unusual perspectives. If by learning of the Indigenous Australians Songlines, is it possible to formulate a new understanding of the world we live in and how we relate to it? Come join us to find out.

"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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