Saturday, September 22, 2018

Masonic Education-Scottish Rite Style

On Thursday September 20, 2018 I received (photo above) a diploma and medal for completing Program III, Scottish Rite Philosophy. I described the program this way. " When I started Morals and Dogma, Albert Pike and I entered into a ten month relationship. As the days together whizzed by I fell in love. Somewhere during the 6th month, I had a major disagreement with him and I walked out. Three months latter, I was able to return with a new perspective, and complete the program."

All kidding aside, I can truly say that studying Morals and Dogma provided a rich and valuable insight into the Scottish Rite, that I had never would have been able to receive by the dramas alone.

Now, this is not a course for the faint of heart.Don't think you're going to finish it in a couple of evenings or a week end. This course is a marathon, but anyone who has the desire to learn and some discipline can do it. For, with much toil, there are great rewards.

I used to be a runner until an injury stopped ended that for me. When I was running, I often found myself looking out the window at work, anxiously waiting to get off work, to go for a five to seven mile run. After a few weeks with Albert Pike, I found myself with almost the same feeling. intensely, anxiously waiting to crack open the cover and look at the questions, to see what I would discover, or the problems to ponder.

I had already completed the Scottish Rite Program I, The Symbolic Lodge, and Program II, Scottish Rite Historical and Ritual. Those courses were informative and enjoyable.

I have now completed the trifecta, as I call it, but with the Minnesota winter coming I'm not sure how I will spend those long Winter nights. I'm debating between learning Latin or returning to snowshoeing.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Pie,Coffee and Royal Arch Education

On September 19, 2018 I went to Owatonna Royal Arch Chapter #15 for an evening of Pie,Coffee, and I presented a talk with discussion on the Mark Master Degree. It was about 25 minutes in length. I asked some of the new Companions if the talk helped them come to a better understanding, one of the more senior in years Companion replied that his head hurt from all the thinking.
Its always good when I have a chance to get caught up with my Companions in Owatonna.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Northeast-Winslow Lewis Lodge #125

On September 17, 2018 Northeast-Winslow Lewis Lodge #125 hosted the Minnesota Grand Royal Arch for a evening of Education. Topics were Ancient Craft Freemasonry from the formation in England to its coming to America, and Are you a Master Mason.
It was a great evening of education, and brotherly love.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Damascus Commandery Honors Minnesota Grand Commander Douglas Pamp

On September 14, 2018 Damascus Commandery #1 of St. Paul, Minnesota hosted an Honoring of the Minnesota Grand Commander Douglas Pamp of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Minnesota. It has been a long time such an event has been held, and Damascus did  a outstanding job. It was an evening of conversation, a brief program and a wonderful dinner. Our hats are off to Terry Christianson and Kay Moss and the Sir Knights of Damascus for hosting and organizing the evening. 

Fergus Falls #27 Royal Arch

Last night I had the opportunity to travel with Most Excellent Grand High Priest Dave Emry to Fergus Falls Minnesota, and visit our Companions in Fergus Falls Royal Arch Chapter #27.

I was happy to see the pizza buffet after the long ride, and I missed out on lunch. We spent the rest of the evening playing the Royal Arch Game Show. It was a fun night, and its always good to spend time with the Companions there.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

St. Paul Royal Arch Chapter #1

On September 8th we went to St. Paul Royal Arch Chapter for the Most Excellent Master Degree. It always good to go to #1. They had seven Candidates who are now about to take the Royal Arch on October 5th.
Congratulations to the Candidates, and thank you Companions for the wonderful evening.