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Is Sustainable Happiness Possible?
Date: 7/8/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Maryone Lloyd
Synopsis: Is it possible to achieve lasting happiness? Sustainable happiness can be defined as a state of inner peace of stability in which the individual deliberately and consistently chooses positive emotions focusing on the positive aspects of any situation. Can we learn this skill and create a society that has it embedded in its culture for all future generations? Is Freemasonry a path for sustainable happiness?

What power would Hell have if those imprisoned were not able to dream of Heaven?
Date: 9/2/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Cat Pedini
Synopsis: As long as there have been humans who have lived and died, there have been dreams and beliefs about what comes after. Of course, no one can really know if we go somewhere when we die, based on judgement of our lives. No one can know for sure, but how much of our lives do we spend worrying about being saved or damned, which comes after, or if indeed they exist right alongside us as we walk the earth? Can Freemasonry help provide perspective and understanding that we can carry through the world, shaping our path toward the beyond? (The question of our topic is a quote by Neil Gaiman.)

Can We Make Space in Our Lives for What Really Matters?
Date: 10/14/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Dalia Espinosa
Synopsis: The need to compensate the emptiness that we feel in our lives with objects has become common in our society. Although this is seems to be accepted practice, one should contemplate if it is really necessary to obtain and keep so many things. In this study group we will evaluate what constitutes necessity and what is trivial as well as investigate the reasons behind our motivation to keep the frivolous. Lastly, we will seek to understand what all this has to do with the definition of Freemasonry.

We are What We Eat, Can We Heal Ourselves With the Proper Diet?
Date: 11/4/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Formal Science
Presenter: Klaudia Suszcynska
Synopsis: Superfoods, anti-oxidants, probiotics are all modern terms used to identify food that promotes a healthier lifestyle and could potentially cure everything from the common cold to cancer. Can we really heal our bodies and improve our mental health with the proper diet? what special properties do these foods have? does Freemasonry promote a healthier lifestyle?

Is the World a Better Place?
Date: 12/1/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Plinio Butten
Synopsis: The late years of the 18th Century were marked by dramatic changes in the way the European Society Conduct themselves politically, economically, and socially. The French and Industrial Revolutions opened a portal by which Humanity passed onto a new level of social and industrial development, paving the way to the world as we know it today. But we have to ask ourselves, is the world a better place now and does Freemasonry have a task to keep it good or to improve it?

"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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