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Minneapolis Study Center
St. Francis Church 3201 Pleasant Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55408
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Should the Government Punish Colin Kaepernick’s Anti-Patriotism?
Date: 5/13/2017 6:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
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.

Is it possible that people can believe in illusion and accept it as reality?
Date: 6/10/2017 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Jake Schlichting
Synopsis: Plato’s 7th book of The Republic, the Allegory of the Cave, written around 380 B.C.E. has become a staple in literature. Plato paints a reality of a world where people are enslaved and living in a cave. Freemasonry is a search for personal Truth, and this story is about the journey of one prisoner to see beyond his confines into the truth of his situation. In this discussion we will talk about how we perceive reality and illusion in modern society.

Are modern cultural, scientific, and spiritual advances helping to advance our perspective of what is good?
Date: 7/8/2017 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Lee Dunn
Synopsis: Mankind has been trying to find understanding and appreciation of human nature for a millennia. This has also been a goal of Freemasonry. After all this time and everything we have learned, are we gaining a better understanding of one's own character and how to value what is good - especially honesty, patience, and self-respect?

Does evolution deny the existence of God or prove his ability as a creator?
Date: 9/9/2017 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Jake Schlichting
Synopsis: Darwin's Theory of Evolution has been controversial from day one. Despite its rocky beginning, early naturalists and early biologists did not see a division between evolution and the Bible. It was essentially ignored for the first 30 years by the scientific community and wasn't generally accepted until 1925 when Thomas Hunt Morgan and his fellow geneticists developed the Mendelian model of genetics. Freemasonry requires a belief in something larger than ourselves, but it also emphasizes the importance of the study of nature and science. We will discuss Darwin's theory and its relationship with the greater power called God.

Is Freemasonry primarily devotional or intellectual?
Date: 10/14/2017 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Doyle Slack
Synopsis: Esoteric organizations such as Freemasonry tend to use ritual to teach lessons to in their members. How does the preparation and performance of ritual impact the active participants? Is Freemasonry a science that promotes intellectual development in its initiates, or does it cultivate a deeper ability to connect its devotees with the divine?

Are the Concepts of Equality and Capitalism Irrevocably at Odds with Each Other?
Date: 11/11/2017 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Doyle Slack
Synopsis: As Masons, we are taught that one of the key precepts of Freemasonry is equality. Does this teaching fly in the face of our nation's capitalist principles? We will investigate what equality means to us and whether or not this apparent conflict can be resolved.

Is the rigidness of the Scientific Method a barrier to Free Thinking?
Date: 12/9/2017 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Formal Science
Presenter: Nelly Fladstol
Synopsis: Freemasonry teaches that the study of science is key to the advancement of humanity. The Scientific Method is a formulaic process of thinking and testing of new ideas, which without, there would not be progress which opens our minds to explore. So often we come up with hypotheses about why things are the way they are. We can test these predictions in various ways, including making further observations about nature. However, Freemasonry also teaches that free thinking (thinking out of the box) is also critical to our evolution. How do we resolve this apparent dichotomy?

"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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