Many of you will have heard of the recently released independent report on the future of Freemasonry, produced by the respected Social Issues Research Centre in Oxford. As Nigel Brown, the Grand Secretary has commented, “the report suggests that, contrary to much misleading commentary, Freemasonry does in fact demonstrate genuine openess and transparency. It concludes that Freemasonry is arguably more relevant today than ever before. In particular, the report highlights that Freemasonry acts as a ‘constant’ and provides members with a unique combination of friendship, belonging and structure, all of which can sometimes be absent in today’s fragmented society. The report covers a fascinating range of topics including a section that highlights the importance Freemasonry places on the role of the family and the care of the less fortunate in society. It goes on to say that Freemasonry instills in its members a moral and ethical approach to life: it seeks to reinforce thoughtfulness for others, kindness to the community, honesty in business, courtesy in society and fairness in all things.”
The full Future of Freemasonry report can be read below (but may not be accessible on all Apple devices).