What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is a fraternal organization that traces its origins to the stonemasons of the distant past. We use the tools of those ‘operative’ masons as symbols to teach our members. For example, the Square is a symbol of morality, the Level is a of the equality of all mankind, and the Plumb shows that we’ve got to be upright in our conduct.
The Grand Lodge of Washington states it well. We believe in:
Ethics – Our lives are based on honor and integrity, and we believe that honesty, compassion, trust, and knowledge are important.
Freedom– Masons value the liberties outlined in the U.S. Constitution and continually promote freedom of speech and expression, freedom to worship a Supreme Being in an individual way, and other important liberties.
Tolerance – The fraternity values religious, ethnic, cultural, social, and education difference. We respect the opinions of others and strive to improve and develop as human beings.
Personal Growth – Our continuous pursuit of knowledge, ethics, spirituality, and leadership brings more meaning to our lives.
Family – We strive to be better spouses, parents, and family members and are committed to protecting the well being of our members and their families, especially when they are in need.
Philanthropy – We make a difference in our communities through charitable giving, community service, and volunteerism.