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Can the archetypal myth of the Hero’s Journey assist us in finding ourselves?
Date: 12/8/2018 4:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Brittany English
Synopsis: Several scholars have pointed out that mythological narratives throughout the world often share a fundamental structure, which has popularly become known as the Hero’s Journey. This structure continues to show up in many of our most beloved contemporary books and films, including Star Wars, The Wizard of Oz, Shrek, Harry Potter, The Lion King, The Matrix, and Finding Nemo. What is it about the story of the Hero’s Journey that has resonated so deeply with people around the world throughout time? Join us as we use a Masonic framework to analyze the stages of the Hero’s Journey and discuss how they can be applied to transform our own lives.

Can we understand the Sociopathic Mind?
Date: 1/26/2019 4:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Helen Cox
Synopsis: Freemasonry seeks to understand all of humanity- both its light and its dark side. Experts claim that between 1 to 4 percent of humans are sociopaths, but what exactly does this mean? In this study group we will discuss the physiology of the human brain, common antisocial behaviors, how to recognize sociopaths, and what their purpose in life might be.

What is the Power of Sacred Relics?
Date: 2/23/2019 4:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Rochelle Smith
Synopsis: Sacred relics are venerated in different religions around the world. The Turin Shroud, Buddha’s Tooth, Muhammad's Footprint, the Spear of Destiny, Mary’s Holy Belt and John the Baptist’s Head are some of the most familiar holy relics. Freemasons, in general, accept all the world’s “sacred” texts as words to be studied; what about sacred relics? What purpose do such relics serve and do they have a special power? How can we gain a greater understanding of the community or religion from which they originate by studying them?

What meaning do we find in a casting of runes?
Date: 3/23/2019 4:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Jennifer Klenk
Synopsis: As Scandinavian scholar Catharina Raudvere notes, “The pronouncement of words was recognized to have a tremendous influence over the concerns of life. The impact of a sentence uttered aloud could not be questioned and could never be taken back – as if it had become somehow physical. … Words create reality, not the other way around.” In Pre-Christian, Germanic society, the symbolism of future-casting runes represented both phoneme (the smallest unit of language sound) and a mystical suggestion. Join the Masonic Philosophical Society as we dissect the history and symbolism of Viking runes as applied through a Masonic lens.

"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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