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Could Marcus Aurelius Been the First Freemason?
Date: 12/8/2018 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Andrea Katzer
Synopsis: Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor from 161 to 180, was a practitioner of Stoicism. His writing called “Meditations” is a significant source of our modern understanding of ancient Stoic philosophy and could be considered the source of Masonic morality. The goal of Stoicism is freedom from passion through the pursuit of reason and apathy, in its ancient sense of being objective, unemotional and having clear judgment. In many respects, it bears a remarkable similarity to the ethical teachings of the Buddha and the four noble truths of Buddhism, and it also bears a remarkable similarity to Masonic teachings. Well explore how the writings of Marcus Aurelius perhaps built the foundations of Modern Freemasonry.

What is Compassion?
Date: 1/12/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Karoli Clever
Synopsis: There are many emotions that guide the individual or larger group to respond to need, and to help or lend comfort. Compassion may be a core programmed behavioral response or learned from nature, experience, or environment. We will explore what makes up compassion, something which many Freemasons aspire to attain.

Is the Sleep Cycle a Symbolic Death?
Date: 2/9/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Allegra Zoe Generaux
Synopsis: Both the sleep cycle and mystery school initiations, like Freemasonry, have been described as a symbolic death, from which we are awake or reborn. The relationship between sleep and death was personified by the Greek divinities Hypnos (Sleep) and Thanatos (Death). We'll discuss the stages of the sleep cycle and the general concept of initiatory rites, including that of Freemasonry, and explore their potential relationship.

What is WIsdom, Strength, and Beauty?
Date: 3/9/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Jenel Murray
Synopsis: Wisdom, Strength, and Beauty - three virtues that are ideals people do normally think about together. Freemasons, however, contemplate these virtues the entirety of their Masonic careers. These virtues have a classical idealism that may or may not have a relevance in today's society. We'll talk about how Freemasonry and American society views these virtues and what they truly mean to individuals and society.

Did King Solomons Temple Really Exist?
Date: 4/13/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Andrea Katzer
Synopsis: A lack of archaeological evidence exists for the physical existence of the First Temple in Jerusalem. In fact, there’s reason to consider that Exodus chapters 25–27, which reveal the tabernacle’s design and functions, may actually be a metaphorical directive for honoring one’s own inner temple. Yet, the Bible also talks about the physical building of the temple. Archeologists, Freemasons, and Religious Scholars have debated this question for hundreds of years. Now, it’s our turn.

Does Esoteric Poetry Have a Place in Modern America?
Date: 5/11/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Joshua Fradenburg
Synopsis: During various periods of history, esoteric poetry has served to inspire a mystical connection between the reader and Truth. Esoteric poetry also serves as a tool for the author to hone their understanding of the Divine as they translate their inspiration into meaningful prose. With breakthroughs in data science and Artificial Intelligence, this artful route to Truth may no longer be relevant. Freemasons take many paths to discovering Truth, which might include the study of Nature and Science or appreciation of art such as poetry.

Is Alchemy Speculative or Operative?
Date: 6/8/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Andrea Katzer
Synopsis: Alchemy is an ancient practice that, like Freemasonry, is said to have both a speculative and an operative side. The goal of Operative Alchemy was attainment of the Philosopher’s Stone, a substance that had the power to transform. Speculative Alchemy is the science of transmuting one’s own being from its rough and imperfect state into its exalted and all-perfect state. Similarities between alchemy and Freemasonry abound; delving into the differences and similarities provides greater insight on both systems.

Is Extinction Natural?
Date: 7/13/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Karoli Clever
Synopsis: Life on this planet consists of ever-changing environments and species. As we have become more conscious of the dwindling or perhaps misused resources, we humans have taken blame for the eradication of untold species of flora and fauna. However, there may be a natural cycle of elimination, a natural part of evolution. Humans may impede evolution or quicken it or have no effect on it at all. Freemasons study nature and science as well as evolution and may be holding a key to understanding what is “Natural.”

Did the Industrial Revolution Improve Society?
Date: 9/14/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Kathy Bidwell
Synopsis: The Industrial Revolution is an era recognized for the migration of work from family-operated cottage industries to the mass-production of goods in large factories. This time in history, spanning approximately 150 years, changed our course in history and shaped our modern-day society. As we look at how it's far-reaching impacts have influenced our way of living, we'll compare the positive with the negative and discuss why and how the Industrial Revolution continues to be such a contributor to modern-day living. We'll also consider how Freemasonry was impacted by the Industrial Revolution and the changes it brought to Fraternal Organizations.

Is there an intersection between Philosophy of the Mind and Artificial intelligence?
Date: 10/12/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Berta Armenteras Andreu
Synopsis: The Philosophy of the mind focuses its center of research around the relationship between the mind and the body, particularly the brain and how its processes define the nature of consciousness. If the link between the body and conscience exists, then a machine could also contain a certain type of Artificial Intelligence on a body of its own that would allow for their own consciousness. Is this intersection possible? We'll discuss different theories, including how a sustainable development of AI is necessary for the betterment of humanity, a goal toward which all Freemasons aspire.

What is Liberty?
Date: 11/9/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Kathy Bidwell
Synopsis: There's much talk these days about our liberties; are they inherently ours or is it something we must pursue, as in the infamous “pursuit of life, liberty and happiness”? In this discussion, we'll explore the intangible concept of liberty, its five general types, and the significance liberty has to us as individuals and to society in general. We'll also discuss the relationship between liberty and Freemasonry.

"Is a Wild Card a Good Thing?
Date: 12/14/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Jenel Murray
Synopsis: Discussing Freedom and Choice, we sometimes have wide open options. The sky is the limit. Yet, we know that too many options create an paralysis of movement. We can overanalyze our choices and causing us to freeze and in a sense, lose our Freedom. The "wild card" always seems like a good idea but in many cases, it may not be. Freemasons expect perfect freedom and are yet not really given a lot of choice. Let's discuss the "wild card" option and decide if it is a good, or poor, option.

"Un ser humano es parte de un todo, llamado por nosotros el universo, una parte limitada en el tiempo y el espacio.Sus pensamientos y sentimientos como algo separado del resto ... una especie de ilusión óptica de su conciencia. Esta ilusión es una Una especie de prisión para nosotros, que nos restringe a nuestros deseos personales y de afecto para unas pocas personas más cercanas a nosotros. Nuestra tarea debe ser Liberarnos de esta prisión ampliando nuestro círculo de compasión para abrazar a todas las criaturas vivas y toda la naturaleza en subelleza."
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