What is the Mission of Free Masonry?
The mission of Freemasonry in North Carolina is to raise the moral, social, intellectual, and spiritual conscience of society by teaching the ancient and enduring philosophical tenets of Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth, which are expressed outwardly through service to God, family, country, and self under the Fatherhood of God within the Brotherhood of Man.
What is the Governing Body of the North Carolina Masons?
Grand Lodge of North Carolina
Freemasonry is devoted to high ideals, community service, and charity. North Carolina’s Ancient Free and Accepted Masons support the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford and the Masonic and Eastern Star Home for the elderly in Greensboro.
The term Freemason appeared as early as 1212 in connection with the master builders who traveled about Europe erecting churches and cathedrals. These builders were called Freemasons because they were free to travel when many others were in bondage.
The Freemasons knew that so long as their art was practiced by few, the demand for their services would continue. To protect their livelihood the Freemasons formed lodges. They were selective of those applying to join, determined that the secrets of their art should be handed down only to those fit to receive and perpetuate them.
The Freemasons were highly regarded not only for their great building achievements but also for their circumspect behavior and their loyalty to their fellows. Many sought admission to their lodges but few were chosen. As time progressed, these operative craftsmen admitted prominent men of the community who wished the better themselves and serve their community further. In fact, the term, “pillar of the community” is widely accepted to be of Masonic origin and denoted exactly these types of people who served as leaders as well as servants of their communities through the example of their upstanding moral behavior and charitable service.
Today, as then, prospective candidates must seek admission. Freemasonry does not recruit members but inquiries about membership are welcomed. The basic requirements for membership are quite simple:
- You must be a man, 18 years or older, of good moral character and reputation, seeking the company of like-minded men for the improvement of yourself and to be of service to your community. We are a fraternity, yet we do not exclude wives, sons, and daughters of Masons entirely from our extended activities. There are youth groups for boys and girls as well as the Order of the Eastern Star for Masons and their wives to participate in together.