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Why do we search for happiness?
Date: 10/14/2017 4:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Jennifer Klenk
Synopsis: Freemasonry provides a system of self-evaluation and ethics in which an individual can reflect upon their own lives and begin to make changes to improve themselves and those around us. What can an individual do to find happiness in their life? Does one have to have a purpose to be happy? Join us as we explore the quest for happiness through psychological, philosophical, scientific, and Masonic lenses.

Why did Leonardo da Vinci leave so much unfinished?
Date: 11/11/2017 4:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Art
Presenter: Claradene Wycoff
Synopsis: The life of Leonardo da Vinci is a mysterious tapestry, woven in paradox, dyed in irony. No one has ever attempted so much in so many areas: science, anatomy, hydraulics, engineering, botany, geography, astronomy, architecture, philosophy. Many Freemasons aspire to be as learned and as productive as he was. Much of da Vinci’s work was left behind in copious notebooks, which contained wondrous information, that he never organized or published as intended. Does leaving work unfinished make a person a failure? Join us as we examine the nature of a legacy of a life’s work left unfinished.

Can the scientific method be used to answer moral questions?
Date: 12/9/2017 4:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Deborah Dilley
Synopsis: Much has been written about the behavior of “immoral” individuals: those who violate the law, who kill, who are deemed “different” from the rest of society in one aspect or another. But what has been studied scientifically on the aspects of human behavior that are part of the common moral code? Can the ethical standards of Freemasonry, or the standards of using the scientific method, help us understand the underlying foundations of morality?

What can we learn from our Saturn Return?
Date: 1/13/2018 4:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Helen Cox
Synopsis: In astrology, the Saturn Return is the period of life when the planet Saturn completes its orbit around the Sun in relation to the time of our birth. This happens to each of us in our late twenties / early thirties, and again later in life. The first Return is considered a time of chaos, and a rite of passage into adulthood. There is much to learn and gain from this experience. Join us as we use the Masonic tools of self-reflection as explore, not only the symbolism of Saturn, but also the significance of the human transition from the 20s into the 30s.

How does meditation affect the human brain and body?
Date: 3/10/2018 4:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Formal Science
Presenter: Jennifer Klenk
Synopsis: When the brains of Buddhist monks were studied by scientists, they were shocked to discover the vast difference in monk brain activity compared to the average human being. Join us as we explore the science behind meditation, from the human physical, psychological and biochemical responses; to the underpinnings of how Masonic the practice is in its essence.

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 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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