Managing the Future of Freemasonry

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The golden years of Freemasonry have passed with the

departure of a world never likely to return. We cannot pretend

that our membership problem will simply go away. If we are to

rescue our order, we must take an objective look at ourselves

and understand the society we now face. Our challenge will be

to renew our ideals and bring them to the attention of a new

audience, one that we as yet know little about. This will

require hard work, open-mindedness, creativity and above all

leadership. The optimism that runs through this book

depends upon our ability to change, knowing that holding on

to the past will be the last thing our order does.

 

'This book is a candle in the dark'

 

 What others are saying about this book

'A powerful book. Without its stimulus I fear that Freemasonry

will revert to being the practice of a privileged few.'

'This book challenges cherished dogma and is the better for that.'

'Thank heavens someone has dealt seriously with our

predicament.'

'I congratulate Bro. West on the way he deals with a tricky

subject.'

'I was fascinated by the wealth of information as well as the

historical and sociological perspective.'

I saw this book advertised by Lewis Masonic and succumbed to temptation to buy it. It arrived this morning and since i had to take a half day holiday today (the gas man came this afternoon to sort out a leak in our boiler), I started reading it this afternoon. The author, Dr David West points out in the first part of the book (which is very well written and an easy read) that Freemasonry has been in a similar situation to the current one with Lodges closing and members resigning before in another time which like now was a period of great social turmoil. The author also shows that there is a way out of our current situation, I have read about half of the text so far - the second part which discusses the concept of moral philosophy, moral values and virtues certainly gets heavier. The book goes a long way to explain what the true values and purpose of Freemasonry is and what we have to do to reach them. I commend this book to any Brother who cares about our Craft and wants it to flourish. Very interesting discussions in the book on what is meant by morality - because we are living in an age of amorality where greed is king, honour, trust and virtue count for nothing in the world of business and politics. As the author states on page 60, the new Millennium heralded the end of decency. I have now read the whole book. I will probably have to read it again to get the full meaning. The final chapter and "recap" shows some good options for the way forward. Some of these changes may not be to everyone's' taste. But to do nothing is not an option and I do not think the changes that have been proposed by Province (Warwickshire Pgl) go far enough. What this book does do is illustrate what Freemasonry is really all about - and we have to rediscover that. Remember that the last big crisis in Freemasonry occurred between 1810 and 1830 - and we all know what major change took place at that time. it may well be that a similar major change has to happen again if Freemasonry is to survive. Read the book and see if you agree.

Richard Cox
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I saw this book advertised by Lewis Masonic and succumbed to temptation to buy it. It arrived this morning and since i had to take a half day holiday today (the gas man came this afternoon to sort out a leak in our boiler), I started reading it this afternoon. The author, Dr David West points out in the first part of the book (which is very well written and an easy read) that Freemasonry has been in a similar situation to the current one with Lodges closing and members resigning before in another time which like now was a period of great social turmoil. The author also shows that there is a way out of our current situation, I have read about half of the text so far - the second part which discusses the concept of moral philosophy, moral values and virtues certainly gets heavier. The book goes a long way to explain what the true values and purpose of Freemasonry is and what we have to do to reach them. I commend this book to any Brother who cares about our Craft and wants it to flourish. Very interesting discussions in the book on what is meant by morality - because we are living in an age of amorality where greed is king, honour, trust and virtue count for nothing in the world of business and politics. As the author states on page 60, the new Millennium heralded the end of decency. I have now read the whole book. I will probably have to read it again to get the full meaning. The final chapter and "recap" shows some good options for the way forward. Some of these changes may not be to everyone's' taste. But to do nothing is not an option and I do not think the changes that have been proposed by Province (Warwickshire Pgl) go far enough. What this book does do is illustrate what Freemasonry is really all about - and we have to rediscover that. Remember that the last big crisis in Freemasonry occurred between 1810 and 1830 - and we all know what major change took place at that time. it may well be that a similar major change has to happen again if Freemasonry is to survive. Read the book and see if you agree.

Richard Cox
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The author, Dr David West points out in the first part of the book (which is very well written and an easy read) that Freemasonry has been in a similar situation to the current one with Lodges closing and members resigning before in another time which like now was a period of great social turmoil. The author also shows that there is a way out of our current situation. The second part which discusses the concept of moral philosophy, moral values and virtues certainly gets heavier. The book goes a long way to explain what the true values and purpose of Freemasonry is and what we have to do to reach them. Very interesting discussions in the book on what is meant by morality - because we are living in an age of amorality where greed is king, honour, trust and virtue count for nothing in the world of business and politics. As the author states on page 60, the new Millennium heralded the end of decency. I have now read the whole book. I will probably have to read it again to get the full meaning. The final chapter and "recap" shows some good options for the way forward. Some of these changes may not be to everyone's' taste. But to do nothing is not an option and I do not think the changes that have been proposed by Province (Warwickshire Pgl) go far enough. What this book does do is illustrate what Freemasonry is really all about - and we have to rediscover that. Remember that the last big crisis in Freemasonry occurred between 1810 and 1830 - and we all know what major change took place at that time. it may well be that a similar major change has to happen again if Freemasonry is to survive. I commend this book to any Brother who cares about our Craft and wants it to flourish. Read the book and see if you agree.

Richard Cox
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