Freemasonry is the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world. Masonry is dedicated to “the Brotherhood of Man under the fatherhood of God.” Today it numbers about 1.5 million members in the United States and approximately 4 million world wide. Masons represent virtually every occupation and profession, yet within the Fraternity all meet as equals. Masons come from diverse political ideologies, yet meet as friends. Masons come from varied religious beliefs and creeds, yet all believe in one God.
One of the most fascinating aspects of Freemasonry is how so many men from so many different walks of life can meet together in peace, always conducting their affairs in harmony and friendship calling each other “Brother.”
Freemasonry uses the tools and implements of ancient architectural craftsmen symbolically in a system of instruction designed to build character and moral values in its members. Its singular purpose is to make good men better. Its bonds of friendship, compassion, and brotherly love have survived even the most divisive political, military, and religious conflicts through the centuries. Freemasonry is a fraternity which encourages its members to practice the faith of their personal acceptance. Masonry teaches that each person, through self-improvement and helping others, has an obligation to make a difference for good in the world.