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Can Ethics be Clearly Defined?
Date: 4/7/2018 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: RaMona Brown
Synopsis: Universal Co-Masonry seeks to destroy ignorance under whatever form and encourages members to think high, to speak truth, to do well, to be tolerant to others, to search after truth, and to practice liberty under law, fraternal equality, justice, and solidarity. Can this be true essence of ethically living? Some definitions of the word indicate that ethics refers to well-founded standards of right and wrong that prescribe what humans should do, usually in terms of rights, obligations, benefits to society, fairness, or specific virtues. Others indicate that ethics means continuous effort of studying our own moral beliefs and our moral conduct to ensure that we and our society live up to standards that are reasonable and solidly-based. In this session, we will attempt to define the concept of ethics.

Is Deism Really Atheism in Disguise?
Date: 5/5/2018 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Kris Wilson-Slack
Synopsis: Deism is the belief that while God exists and he created the universe, He has since been a "hands off" being - He is the clockmaker that has no need or want of adoration. He has created the world and it need no longer to concern itself with His presence. Deism, created at the time of the Age of Reason values the mysteries of Science and Nature to explain the world. Much of what the Deist values are also valued by the Atheist - a strong sense of morality, a foundation in science and reason, and no need for organized religion. Freemasons value science, nature and God, concepts which, to either the Atheist or Deist, may seem at odds with each other. We’ll discuss the similarities and differences between Deism and Atheism and determine if these two are closer in belief and nature than they first appear.

Is Beauty Mans Necessity or Simply Something Nice to Have?
Date: 6/2/2018 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Art
Presenter: Kathy Courtney
Synopsis: Co-Masonry has a great veneration for the concept of beauty, recognizing that beauty comes in many forms. The quote “Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder” seems eternally true. But when objects and music which most people have considered as being beautiful are studied at greater depths, a common (Natural or Divine) pattern appears within the underlying design and beauty is then “sensed” and becomes greater than the parts and transcends the five individual senses. In this discussion we will discuss Beauty over the ages, examples of Mans ideas of it and his attempt to create it. We will discuss some of the widely accepted ideas regarding the power within the physics and emotions of Beauty, what it really is, and whether we really need to pursue Beauty, or dispense with it as a waste of time, effort, and money.

Is the Decline of Calligraphy and Cursive Writing a Reflection of a Deteriorating Modern Society?
Date: 7/7/2018 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Rosamaria Gomez de Lopez
Synopsis: Many of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were either known or suspected Freemasons. All will recognize the beautiful handwriting styles on that document. Generally, those writers used a method known as muscular writing where the full arm muscle is used instead of only the wrist and fingers. Calligraphy and longhand writing are styles that use this method. As muscular handwriting has been falling into disuse, so have the fountain pen, brush, and even the feather pen. We will learn some of the historic usages of muscular handwriting and discuss the detriment to humanity associated with the decline of muscular handwriting.

Does the Holy Grail Exist Only in Literature?
Date: 9/8/2018 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Kevin Watson
Synopsis: The search for the Holy Grail has captured the imagination of Western Civilization since the days of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, as well as the purported search by the Knights Templar in the caves under King Solomons Temple. Freemasons will recognize some of the obvious symbols represented in this mythology. We will consider some of the grail lore that has developed over the centuries and discuss the question, “Does the Holy Grail exist only in literature?”

Is Nine the most mysterious number?
Date: 10/6/2018 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Formal Science
Presenter: Kevin Watson
Synopsis: Mankind has had a fascination with the power of numbers. Freemasonry has also placed significance on the symbolism of certain numbers. We will examine some of the numbers exalted by various individuals or societies and decide for ourselves which is the greatest as we answer the question, “Is 9 the most mysterious number”

Could Walking the Path of Enlightenment Really Be the Turning Back of Time?
Date: 11/3/2018 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Kathy Courtney
Synopsis: Universal Co-Masonry is a group of open minded seekers who study science and the arts so that the truth may become clearer or even known. Time seems so obvious, yet intensely mysterious and powerful. Since it seems to have the same physics as light and sound that Man has already mastered, it follows that it will only be a matter of time before Man is able to master the science and art of Time. In this discussion, some scientific theories of what time is, how it came into being and some of its ancient symbols will be reviewed along with significant myths and legends on what time is, why it is venerated, how to use it well, and its possible control.

Do You Believe Humans Can Communicate With Other Species?
Date: 12/1/2018 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Evonne Paskow
Synopsis: Throughout history, there are humans who have claimed to communicate with different animal species. In modern times, we call these people “animal whisperers” but is this a “talent” all humans can have if they choose? If such communication is possible, what is the point or purpose of it? How does it affect human evolution and the development of society as a whole? We will explore this idea through the ages and discuss its implications in our lives today. Freemasonry encourages us to seek out the truth and that often it is not obvious to us even when right in front of us. Will we find something unexpected in our exploration of inter-specie communication?

"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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