In a nutshell, what is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry is a modern organisation with traditional values relevant to today’s families and communities.

How do you become a Freemason?

If you don’t know a Freemason, go to our website www.ask12b1.org.nz or send an email to membership@ask12b1.org.nz

Isn’t Freemasonry only for older men?

Freemasons are men aged 21 years and over. Our organisation is relevant to all adult men. With people working and living longer, social networks like Freemasonry have become even more important in providing men with a balanced life. As is often said, “80 is the new 70; 70 is the new 60; 60 is the new 50; and 50 is the new 40.”

Is Freemasonry open to all men?

One of the greatest things about Freemasonry is that all men regardless of their race, religion, financial and social status can come together as equals and share a common bond of friendship and mutual respect.

Is there a trial period before joining?

Before attending a first Lodge meeting, a man will need to have made a commitment to become a Freemason and may have joined in some social activities.

Isn’t the organisation dying out?

Freemasonry appeals as much today as it has through the generations. It provides a unique combination of friendship and structure in today’s competitive and fragmented society.

Do the sons of members have to join?

Membership is voluntary and it is entirely an individuals decision. Many men whether or not the sons of Freemasons seek to be involved because of the ideals, values and ethics of Freemasonry.

Can men from any religion join?

Freemasonry welcomes as members men from all faiths, as belief in a supreme or divine being is required. Freemasonry is not a substitute for religion; nor is it a forum for religious discussion. So being a Freemason does not conflict with a member’s religious beliefs or practices.

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