Shiloh Lodge #327
A.F. & A.M.

Committed to offering opportunities for deep friendships,
building individual character and helping our fellow man and country.

What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry is one of the oldest and largest fraternities in the world. It is based on the customs of medieval stonemason guilds from centuries ago. Freemasonry is intended to be a common platform where reputable men can come together as friends and brothers.

Masons use rituals, legends and symbolism to teach principles of virtue, brotherly love, patriotism and charity. Freemasonry, however, is not a religion. To be a Mason, belief in the existence of a Supreme Being is required, but each man can have his own personal beliefs.

In the United States, each state has a Grand Lodge that governs numerous local lodges across the state. Each lodge conforms to an agreed upon set of rules and regulations, but they also have the flexibility to serve their communities in their own ways. Lodges can spend time doing charity work, socializing, learning ritual work or studying history.

Relief is one of the primary duties of a Mason. Freemasonry encourages its members to contribute their time, money and resources to help their brothers and their community. It has been estimated that Masons contribute over half a billion dollars a year to Masonic Charity!

The full history of Freemasonry is vast and fascinating. If you'd like to know more, check out the book "Freemasonry for Dummies". It is an easy-to-read introduction to Freemasonry. We like it so much, we give a copy to each new brother that becomes a Master Mason.

If you're interested in joining Freemasonry, contact Shiloh Lodge today.