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Does the Triangle Represent Fundamental Truths about Our Reality?
Date: 1/26/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Byron Gorrell
Synopsis: The triangle, as a symbol, can be seen in many places throughout our reality. Whether on the sub-atomic, palpable physical, conceptual, or metaphysical level, the triangle appears again and again. Freemasonry teaches us that symbols have deeper meaning than what is perceived at the surface. What, then, are the deeper meanings of the triangle? What is it that is fundamental about that shape that cuts across so much of our experience?

Is Beauty A Virtue?
Date: 2/23/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Janet Hendrickson
Synopsis: What is beauty? Are there different kinds of beauty? How do different people and cultures define it? Does it have a moral dimension? Does culture use beauty to signify virtue? Is the Good always Beautiful? In this MPS, we will look at how philosophers and artists have answered these questions and try to come to some answers of our own.

Do the Stars Truly Determine Our Fate?
Date: 3/23/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Carolyn Bellinger-Kawahara
Synopsis: Astrology is the study of the positions and movements of specific celestial bodies and their purported effect on human affairs. It is an ancient practice, dating back to at least the second millennium BC, and represents one of humanity's earliest attempts to understand itself and its place in the universe. Although it gave rise to the modern science of astronomy, today astrology itself is considered to be a pseudoscience with no scientific validity. Many people, however, still believe in astrology as evidenced by the plethora of books and daily horoscope columns. Ancient wisdoms often contain truths for understanding ourselves and others.

Is the Term "Elohim" Something Other Than a Name of God?
Date: 4/27/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Byron Gorrell
Synopsis: The term "Elohim" has been alternatively identified as a name of God, angels, demons, or other types of supernatural beings. It has been associated with The Shining Ones, the Anunnaki, Nephilim, and the Watchers. So what is more likely the case? And what are the implications for Humanity? Join us on our journey as we investigate the different possibilities and their significance.

Is the Quality of Mercy Among Masons Strained?
Date: 5/18/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Karen Kidd
Synopsis: Freemasons, particularly those in Malecraft Obediences, are known for their charity and good works. I know of no Brother, in any Obedience, who would willingly suffer a child to go hungry or would not assist a stranger in distress, so far as it is in their power to do so. And yet strangely, I've known quite a few Freemasons who will willingly knock would-be Candidates off their path toward the Craft or who will be mercilessly critical of another Freemason's labors. Why is this so? Is Mercy something directed outward from the Craft but we show our true nature within? Or is it we are more human with each other than we are with the "Other?"

How Does Our Spatial Environment Influence Us?
Date: 6/22/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Art
Presenter: Carolyn Bellinger-Kawahara
Synopsis: The psychological effect of our spatial environment is a well-studied phenomenon in fields ranging from marketing to architecture, to feng shui. For example, how do you feel eating in a fast food restaurant? How do you feel in a courtroom? In a library? Spatial proportions, color palette, and design style havebeen used since earliest times to promote desired feelings and behaviors in people. Perhaps changing our space can promote better behavior and feelings, such as empathy or compassion.

"A human being is a part of a whole, called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest ... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
Albert Einstien
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