[Square & Compasses]

From A California Fellowcraft

Message-Id: <200407211831.i6LIV1kN014939@pacific-carrier-annex.mit.edu>
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2004 11:31:16 -0700
From: Brad Millward <b.millward@mbtrading.com>
Subject: One-Day Conferral
To: <masonry-ask@mit.edu>
cc: "gloffice@freemason.org" <gloffice@freemason.org>

Dear Brother,

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 pass.

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 again.

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.

Bradley Millward
Fellow Craft Mason
South Bay Lodge #421 F&A.M

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