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The Maine Masonic College is an initiative of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Maine - the Freemasons. Our goal is to create educational opportunities for Freemasons in our jurisdiction and for friends and neighbors in the communities where we live and work.
Upcoming Courses & Programs
March 15 - Fourth Annual Celebration of the Arts and Sciences (focus on Music in our lives), Suzanne Nance, Soloist and Leader. Bangor Masonic Center, 9:00 to 2:00. Dinner $5:00. Open. See full brochure (DOC format) here.
April 5th Ethics. Diploma Credit. Few subjects are more important in our present world than this. Open to all.
This course will initially explore why ethical considerations may be a necessary part of a decision making process. The group will examine the importance of not only knowing what core values are but which core value trumps others.
The group will learn a way of categorizing dilemmas that can contribute to understanding the actual multiple sides of what could appear to be a clear choice. The group will learn what typically has to be within us to make really difficult, even courageous, decisions. The group will experience cases, examples and scenarios in which they will have group discussions, make individual decisions, or together defend thinking processes. Participants will also practice identifying the possible actors in the dilemma and how the discussion changes based on which actor becomes the principle participant.
This session will be interactive as people participate in discussions and exercises of an ethical nature.
Instructor: Sam McKeeman is a regular and greatly valued faculty member for the Maine Masonic College. He is presently Program Manager for the Maine Bureau of Human Services. He previously was Director of Organization Development and Training at the Maine Department of Transportation. In his life time of teaching and as chief planner from the Justice System in Pennsylvania and in New South Wales, Sam has become an engaging expert in making courses in ethics, critical thinking and organization leadership vital and close-to-home experiences. You will find Sam McKeeman a wise, witty and widely informed instructor who listens as well as he teaches.
Lygonia Lodge, Ellsworth 9:00am – 2:00pm Lunch Cost $5.00
April 12th Seminar for Chaplains. Especially designed for chaplains, but open to all interested in serving their fellow human beings.
This seminar was originally designed for lodge Chaplains but has proven to be of equal value to all who which to respond to the needs of their fellow human beings especially in times of spiritual need. We, by the very nature of our calling, want to bring unity to our lodges and comfort and support to those who are afflicted, but often we find such a service difficult. In an atmosphere of understanding and support and through the opportunity for practice, this seminar will be concerned with skills and awareness involved in visiting the sick and bereaved, in providing charitable assistance and in healing of divisions within the ranks of one's lodge. Consideration will also be given to leading in public prayer, while special attention will also focus on attributes which characterize capable chaplains and all caring men such an openness to differing spiritual expressions, toleration and the process of coming to a common purpose.
Leaders: The Right Worshipful and Reverend Mark Rustin and Worshipful and Reverend Douglas Drown. Both these unusually gifted men have spent their lives in the ministry and in pastoral service. They bring to this effort professional qualifications, extensive experience and an awareness of Freemasonry and its service to human kind both potential and actual.
Meridian Splendor Lodge, Newport. 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. $5.00 for lunch.
May 17th Tenets and Cardinal Virtues. Diploma Course. All are welcome to this important course.
This opportunity is designed to be an interactive study of the fundamental beliefs and responsibilities of Freemasonry as presented in the tenets and the cardinal virtues which are so beautifully embedded in our ritual but which are too often hurried by. Special emphasis is placed upon the moral and the deeply spiritual nature of these essentials and the crucial need for the presence and practice in our present world situation.
Instructor: Right Worshipful Reginald Wing will lead this exploration. Brother Reggie is an old-time Mason, in the most honorable sense of this phrase. For Years he has been part of the Grand Lodge educational endeavor and has served as a Junior Grand Warden. During those years, he grown in Masonic understanding, spiritual conviction and dedication. With his signature responsibility, Brother Reggie has constantly improved the means of involving participants in this re-meeting with the tenets and cardinal virtues. You will go away with inspiration and new insights.
Deering Lodge, Portland. 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Lunch $5.00.
June 7th Understanding World Religions- what a well- informed Mason should Know. (Rescheduled from Feb. 15th) A highly important and timely subject. Open to all.
A recent poll of Americans revealed an alarming lack of basic knowledge about the world's religions. Surprisingly, a Gallup poll revealed that only half of American adults could name even one of the four Gospels of the New Testament. This course has been designed to teach participants the basics of world religions including their origins, historical figures, rituals, scriptures, holidays and key teachings – all that Masons should know and understand in order to consider themselves religiously literate. By studying the religious traditions of the world, we will better understand our world and our neighbors, and because religions deal with the fundamental questions of human existence, understanding religion will help us to better understand ourselves asFreemasons who profess to be linked together by an indissoluble chain of sincere affection and who regard the whole human species as one family.
We will begin by exploring what a religious tradition is and by examining a number of ways of defining religion along with the strength and weaknesses of each. Then we will examine important themes that nearly all religions address: The concept of divinity or ultimate reality, scripture, ritual understanding of good and evil, and the idea of salvation or liberation. We conclude our studies by examining important trends in religion and the relationships of religion, violence and peace in today's world.
Instructor: Right Worshipful and Doctor Charles Plummer, scholar and teacher, has served as Regent of the Maine Masonic College at its conception and then as a faculty member. His career has been that of a teacher and educator in public schools and at the college level. He continually brings his well-known and admired insight to every class he teaches. Brother Plummer has a doctorate degree in religious studies, and we all look forward with great anticipation to the understanding he will bring to us.
United Lodge in Brunswick, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Lunch $5.00
June 21st The King's Speech- Grammar Made Fun. Open to all.
A fun opportunity to become more proficient in an important subject often mistakenly considered grim and deadly. This class not only takes a useful look at the common errors and ungrammatical forms used in everyday communication, but also examines how words are used to influence, clarify and inspire our thoughts and expressions.
Instructor: Right Worshipful David Richardson who has a Master’s in Education. For twenty-eight years Brother Dave brought his training, his excellent mind and his interest in the welfare of others to teaching English and language arts. Dave is a past master and the present secretary of Benevolent Lodge in Carmel. His understanding of communication has been further enhanced by eight years of service as a Maine State Representative.
Benevolent Lodge, Carmel. 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Special Shorter Programs: The Maine Masonic College also provides shorter programs of high interest and use to the Craft. These presentation are especially well suited for lodge and district settings. Topics include The Amazing Fellowcraft Degree, Harmony of the Seasons, Cosmology and Our Ritual, The Letter G, Masonry and the American Revolution. Contact R. W. Donald McDougal, Chairman of this service to the Craft.
His phone number is 938-2290, and his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Maine Masonic College is governed by a
Board of Regents which operates under the authority
of The Grand Lodge of Maine, AF & AM,
an institution chartered by the Maine State Legislature.
Policy on Notification
Please Note: The Maine Masonic College does not require participants to register in order to attend its programs and classes. However, if you wish to partake in meals or if you wish to be notified on any postponement or changes in times and/or locations, you should register with the College secretary, Theresa Hatch at 843-1086.
The College Briefly...
Our name inspires us to a 'higher educational calling'. We are not a bricks and mortar school but a 'Temple of Knowledge', offering a growing variety of learning opportunities in various modalities.
We believe that Freemasonry is relevant in society today, helping to create a continuum of knowledge for those who are interested in personal enrichment.
Masonic ritual exhorts us to broaden our knowledge of the seven liberal arts and sciences. Thus, our programs include topics of interest to anyone with an inquisitive mind: ethics, astronomy, logic, public speaking and more. We have molded the Maine Masonic College on the best features of not only traditional and modern Masonic-oriented education but also 'senior college' and lifelong learning endeavors.
In addition, we are developing audio and video material along with reading lists and more. At the Maine Masonic College, we encourage your input, your recommendations, and - most of all - your INVOLVEMENT!
This web site last updated on Saturday, March 8, 2014 11:02 AM