Bangor Union Masonic Lodge No.746

 
 

Freemasonry is not a religion, nor is it a substitute for religion. The one essential qualification means that Freemasonry is open to men of many religions and systems of beliefs and it encourages them to continue to follow their own faiths and beliefs. We nurture unity, not division and we forbid the discussion of religion, politics or other potentially divisive topics in our Lodges or at social occasions.


Our three great principles are the cornerstones of our Order: Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth for all and these have been followed by Freemasons for hundreds of years.

    Brotherly Love

Every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding to his fellow creatures.


   Relief

Freemasons are taught to practise charity and to care  not only for their own but also for the community as a whole, by both charitable giving and by voluntary efforts as individuals.


   Truth

Freemasons strive for truth, 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.


 

What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry is one of the world's oldest secular fraternal societies, a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught its precepts by a series of ritual dramas known as allegories.


Freemasonry is based on the belief that each man can make a difference in the world by improving himself and taking an active role in his community. It is a charitable, benevolent, educational and universal fraternity. Freemasonry is not apart from society but a part of society. Our well known symbol declares our ideals; the compass describes a circle - the perfect shape, a symbol of virtue and of the ideal life we strive for while the square is an emblem of morality.


Membership of our Order is open to all men of integrity and goodwill, irrespective of colour, creed or perceived social background. One of Freemasonry’s customs is not to solicit members, but any man is welcome to request information about joining the fraternity.


The essential qualification for admission and membership is a belief in a Supreme Being. Whilst  belief in a Supreme Being is essential, each man’s definition of what that means to him is his private affair. Discussions on religion and politics at any meeting or within any Masonic Hall at any time are strictly banned by our Constitution.