Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest secular fraternal societies and a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. The essential qualification for admission into and continuing membership is a belief in a Supreme Being. Membership is open to men of any race or religion who can fulfill this essential qualification and who are of good repute.
A Freemason is encouraged to do his duty first to his God (by whatever name he is known) through his faith and religious practice; and then, without detriment to his family and those dependent on him, to his neighbor through charity and service.
Freemasonry is not a religion, nor a secret society. The one essential qualification means that Freemasonry is open to men of many religions and it expects and encourages them to continue to follow their own faith.
The Three Great Principles Freemasons
- Brotherly Love where true Freemason will show and teach tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding to his fellow creatures.
- Relief which Freemasons are taught to practice charity and to care – not only for their own – but also for the community as a whole, both by charitable giving and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.
- Truth where Freemasons strive requiring high moral standards and aiming to achieve them in their own lives. Freemasons believe that these principles represent a way of achieving higher standards in life.