Freemasonry, in addition to being one of the oldest social and charitable organizations in the world, is an initiation institution that offers human beings a path for spiritual growth. Its roots lie in the traditions of the medieval stonemasons who built our cathedrals and castles, and it has been also influenced by various spiritual and esoteric movements over the centuries.
For Freemasons, there are four important values that help define their path through life: Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Charity. In today’s world filled with uncertainty, these principles ring as true as they have at any point in the organisation’s history.
Integrity: Building good people
Freemasons are focused on building themselves as people of integrity and membership provides the structure to help achieve that goal.
Friendship: Building together
Freemasonry provides the common foundation for friendships between members, many of which will last for life.
Respect: Building unity
Freemasonry brings people together irrespective of their political theory, race, religion or any other perceived differences that can divide us as a society.
Charity: Building compassion
Charity has always been a core principle of Freemasonry. Individuals can make an important contribution at local, national and global level by giving both their time and money.
Kindness and charitable giving are deeply ingrained within the principles of Freemasonry and the organisation provides the structure for members to make positive contributions to their communities and various causes.