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What Would Modern Society Look Like Without Esoterism?
Date: 10/13/2018 3:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Linda Johnson
Synopsis: Over the centuries, esotericism, in it’s myriad forms, whether in the form of the occult, magic, eastern beliefs, New Age thought, or other non-traditional belief systems, has thrived in the face of ridicule, rejection, and even danger. Even when such thoughts bordered on the fantastic, esoterism continued to thrive. This October, we will discuss the significance of esotericism to modern society, to Freemasonry, and try to answer the question of its significance to modern society.

Does the Theology of Star Wars Teach Us That All Religion is Doomed to Failure?
Date: 11/10/2018 3:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Chris Osborn
Synopsis: The stories of the Star Wars franchise show us that what appears to be good isnt always as apparent as it seems and that evil doesn’t really have much to offer, or does it? Perhaps it isnt as clear cut as we would like it to be, however the ongoing battle between the Jedi and the Sith has some interesting correlations to real life and Freemasonry, and can perhaps help us to understand the purpose of religion and whether or not it will ultimately succeed or fail. May the Force be with you!

Does the Trivium Method provide a Path to Intellectual freedom?
Date: 12/8/2018 3:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Formal Science
Presenter: Aksel Suvari
Synopsis: Freedom is a necessary require for any candidate for Freemasonry. In the modern age and especially in the West we think of ourselves as inherently free but how independent are our thoughts? Throughout history the Trivium Method of critical thinking has been used by great minds to explore the hidden mysteries of Nature and Science. By examining the Trivium Method and the logical fallacies we will carve a path towards the mental freedom required to pursue these same mysteries and come one step closer to the door of Freemasonry.

Was it the best of times AND the worst of times?
Date: 1/19/2019 3:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Katie Cumsille
Synopsis: The great classics of European literature have been fully integrated into American culture. Charles Dickens's Tale of Two Cities is one of those pieces of art that have come to line the shelves of many American home libraries. Why is that this story has spoken to so many? Have we not experienced life at the highest peaks and the lowest valleys ourselves? Freemasonry works to unite where many would polarize. Thus, we will look to the pages of this story for guidance in trying to understand our own tale of two cities: our past and future; our knowledge and beliefs; our failures and triumphs;

"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
Physicist
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