From A California Fellowcraft
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2004 11:31:16 -0700
From: Brad Millward <email@example.com>
Subject: One-Day Conferral
cc: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
I have just finished reading your opinion regarding the One-Day
Conferral classes http://web.mit.edu/dryfoo/Masonry/One-Day/
and I would like say that I agree with you 100%. It has come to my
attention that the Grand Lodge of California is voting on the One-Day
Conferral some time in October. Last year the vote earned 63%, enough
to be carried forward. I hope with all my heart that this does not
A little about myself. I am a Fellow Craft Mason. I am 23 years
old. I am scheduled to be take my F.C. proficiency on 07/26/2004 and
raised on 07/27/2004. I came to the lodge in January of this year
searching for the lodge where my grandfather was a member. After I was
interviewed accepted and voted in, I was asked if I would like to take
the proficiency the short way. My response was "I would like to take
the proficiency the way my Grandfather took it". The result was that I
was to learn the entire proficiency, rather than just the obligation and
signs. This was of amazement to many of the brothers at the lodge.
They said that they hadn't seen it done this way in over 20 years. I
received alot of respect from my brothers and it made me proud. It
showed my brothers that I was serious about Masonry. I have earned many
friends though my coaching and it is still exciting to me to think about
earning my third degree and to find out what lies behind the doors once
I have spoken to many "old school" Masons about their feeling on the
One-Day Conferral. Many are not sure how they are going to vote. If
you have not yet decided, I say this to you. Please do not vote this
through. Do we want Masons that do not have the time for the
fraternity? Do we want Masons that are not serious about the life long
journey that Freemasonry entails? Do we want "fly by night" Masons?
What ever happened to "2B1 ask1"? I sounds to me like the One Day
Conferral class is an advertisement, a petition for members. Is this
what we want? I still want to feel pride when I mention Masonry and
because of this I urge you to vote no.
One last thing - writing this letter just about brings tears to my
eyes. I have learned so much through my proficiencies. Right now one
thing comes to mind. "...to teach me that Masonry is a progressive
science taught by degrees only,... that I was yet one material point in
the darkness respecting the mysteries of Freemasonry." Where is the
progression, the science, the darkness, the mystery, the respect?
To all my brothers, lets keep our fraternity one we can be proud of.
Thank you and God bless.
Fellow Craft Mason
South Bay Lodge #421 F&A.M
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