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I think it would be a good idea, but I would do it in a Masonic context. The seven liberal arts and sciences are cornerstones of Masonry, and many of the things you mention can be studies through them, ritual practice or similar.
The meetings are easy to go to. There is no secret passwords or other stuff you have to remember, and the one "salute" there is you can easily follow what the rest of the crowd is doing.
I'd suggest to just start showing up, maybe get involved in a degree with a smaller part. SR always needs...
I've just made the decision to leave most of the FB groups. As you mentioned they've either been full of trolls or just navel gazing poetry that is of little value.
If it doesn't add to my time or light, and even detracts from it, then I'm not going to spend time on it.
I think you have a point, but at the same time I also believe there is something special about being the only one going through - and not being the 3rd one in the evening when everyone is getting tired.
To me the essence of your question speaks to lodge activity. The US is one of the only...
I like The Masonic Roundtable a lot too. Listened a bit to Whence came you, but not too much yet. Need to give it another chance.
Have also tried the new SR podcast, The Tyler's place or whatever it's called, but that one I'm not finding interesting at all.
He should of course be put to work in the quarries, but try and find out what he likes himself. If he's big on ritual point him in that direction. If he's more the organizational type, have him help there.
However always remember that in any case his masonic journey should continue with more...
Probably not many. Most GL laws in different jurisdictions are very tough on the requirements for starting new lodges, so it rarely happen.
I know of one in Houston within the last 3 years or so, and think that may more or less be it in Texas.
Basically what Ryan said. Most jurisdictions require you to get a "Certificate of good standing" from your current lodge that'll go with your petition to your new lodge, so talk to your secretary and WM, about what's going on and they should be able to help you getting the paperwork sorted...
The Mason's Word by brother Robert G Davis is one of the best books about how the ritual evolved in general, but especially in the US. Very much worth a read.
Old Tyler Talks by Carl Claudy is another easy book that can be downloaded.
Otherwise for shorter articles, some of the various...
I don't get why GL doesn't take this as an opportunity to make some money. Either by publishing it themselves or by licensing it for a cut of the profits. This should be a sure way of getting some inflow. Most masons will buy the new version when it comes out.
Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I think one of the problems with the building is the way the land is structured. I've been told that it's not owned by GL, but only on loan to us through some old decree, but the minute that the GL isn't on it any more it reverts back to the original owners...
Yesterday The Masonic Roundtable - www.themasonicroundtable.com actually had an episode on the Swedish Rite that might be worth checking it.
And whilst you're add it check some of their other episodes. They are very enjoyable and enlightening.
I don't know what kind of masons that you hang, but that's not the experience I've had at all in my valley. As I think I said another place, I think SR is often considered the "university of masonry" and there is a lot of knowledge, studies and light to be gained there. That should hopefully be...