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Northern Light Lodge #40  of Free & Accepted Masons Established 1817
What is Freemasonry? Freemasonry is a compassionate and educational Fraternity in the best sense of the word.  It promotes the practice of Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth.  Its members share a belief in the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man.   The fraternity uses symbolism in its ritual to illustrate a system of morality upon which all good men can agree. Although our Constitution specifies that a belief in God is an essential requirement for membership, a member is never questioned about the particulars of his personal religious beliefs.  Accordingly, within the Fraternity are found Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and members of other faiths.  A Candidate for membership must also be a man of good moral and social character.  To be selected for membership is an honor and a testimony of the Lodge’s esteem for you, because all Candidates must be elected to membership by a unanimous ballot. Freemasonry supports constitutional and lawful government.  It reinforces in its members the highest moral and religious principles.  It fosters patriotism and teaches tolerance. Freemasonry is a private Fraternity.  Our passwords, grips and other means of recognition have been passed down for centuries and their knowledge and understanding is a significant privilege of a Freemason.  They are maintained, in part, as a tribute to our operative ancestors and are meant to distinguish us from non- members.  They are a privilege only to Freemasons, because those who have not received the Degrees of Freemasonry would not understand their importance.
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