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How Does Art Reflect the Inner Universe of Artists?
Date: 4/13/2019 3:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Art
Presenter: Darylee Foertsch
Synopsis: The art work by Rembrandt and Andy Warhol have captivated art enthusiasts and laymen for very good reasons. Their differing and unique styles of art reflect the inner universe of existence by imitating Nature and her God. In a Platonic sense, they are imitating an imitation. Freemasonry is called an Art and a Science and during this study of Rembrandt and Warhol, we will investigate how these two masters demonstrate that Art and Science are necessary in the generation of such great pieces as well as come to an understanding of how Freemasonry utilizes the same techniques. How does the art created reflect the inner universe of the artists, of our modern world, and of human existence?

Was it the best of times AND the worst of times?
Date: 5/18/2019 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;

Should the Government Punish Colin Kaepernicks Anti-Patriotism?
Date: 6/15/2019 3:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Doyle Slack
Synopsis: Colin Kaepernick’s decision to take a knee during the National Anthem at each NFL game in 2016 has led to a backlash - calling him a disgrace to the country and one who disrespects veterans and law enforcement. In the meantime, companies like Brush & Nib in in Phoenix Arizona are told that they cannot deny service to Lesbian/Gay couples desiring to order a wedding cake, even though they believe that same sex marriage is a sin. As Freemasons, we are taught to not discriminate - but we are also taught to be tolerant of all viewpoints. We will discuss the dichotomy of these two Freedom of Speech positions and the population’s reaction to them.

Does Humanity Require Religion?
Date: 7/20/2019 3:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Katie Cumsille
Synopsis: It is often asked if Freemasonry is a religion. The answer, if well thought out, is not an easy one to give. Religion is complicated, not only in its ideology but in its practice. This is because Religion is a difficult to discuss. It is barred from most polite conversations and asked about only after a level of comfortability is felt. Why is this? Religion, in all its several philosophies, has had a bloodied history, but this does not negate its power nor its importance of the ideology that rests behind the practice. There are those who dream of a future where religion is absent, believing the Marxist comment that its is the opium of the masses. There are others who seek to bring the world under one great religion, fearing that without the governance man will destroy himself. Independent on how one feels about Religion it seems that it has always been a part of our history, no matter the age. But will Humanity require religion in the future?

What does it mean to Grok or Understand in Fullness?
Date: 10/19/2019 3:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Chris Osborn
Synopsis: Robert Heinlein’s book Stranger in Strange Land was highly controversial for its time. In many ways, however it introduced a concept of "Grok" which can be defined in several ways including “to drink,” “to understand in fullness,” “to understand intuitively or by empathy, to establish rapport with,” and “to empathize or communicate sympathetically (with); also, to experience enjoyment.” This term has been largely accepted in several communities to describe concepts that are difficult to explain in words. Yet, how can we apply this concept to our own lives and to Freemasonry in particular? Is this the same as Divine Knowledge?

"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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