Freemasonry is the world’s oldest, largest, and most widely recognized fraternal organization. Its members are focused on charity – concern for people, care for the less fortunate, and help for those in need. Furthermore, it instills in its members a moral and ethical approach to life with values based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness.
Freemasonry is open to individuals of any race, religion, or ethnicity who believe in a Supreme Being and who are judged to be of good reputation and character. That said, it is neither a religion nor a substitute for religion and has no theology or dogma. Each Mason follows his own faith.
Contrary to popular opinion, Freemasonry is not a secret society. Its aims, principles, activities, and rules are open to the public and its members are at perfect liberty to tell anyone that they are Masons and what the Fraternity or “Craft” does. Members learn the principles of the organization and develop techniques for introspection and leadership through participation in a progression of ceremonies and organization activities.
Ultimately, Freemasonry is an organization that has a long and proud tradition, that is firmly grounded in important concepts including a belief in God, democracy, charity, toleration, liberty, and equality, not only for Masons but for all mankind.