What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry is a fraternity of brothers who share one common goal: to help each other become better men. We strengthen and improve our character by learning and practicing basic virtues of fraternal love, charity and truth. Our principles extend far beyond our interactions with each other, and we strive to apply them to our daily lives. All who join Freemasonry must declare their belief in the existence of a Supreme Being and practice their own personal faith, but the Fraternity is neither a religion nor a place to worship. Rather, it is a place where men of all monotheistic creeds can meet and focus on the great truths of peaceful human interaction that are common to all religions.

In this short inspiring movie, Ben Franklin explains what it means to be a Freemason:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XhirrSEKjI

  • Members must be men, at least 18 years of age and of good moral character.
  • Freemasonry is not a religion. It only requires that its member have a belief in a Supreme Being.
  • The discussion of politics or religion is forbidden in Lodge.
  • There is no national governing body for Freemasonry in the United States. Each jurisdiction governs itself independently.
  • Members pay a one-time initiation fee and annual dues that vary by lodge.