VOLUME 63 /// NUMBER 2 /// DECEMBER/JANUARY 2015 Civility in an Uncivil Age
In the 18th century, Freemasons exemplified civility and respect
within lodges and the public sphere, quietly assuming an influential
role in the development of a free civil society. Today’s members may
need to consider a bolder approach in order to reignite open, civil
public discourse and freedom of expression within an increasingly
tumultuous political and social climate.
2 EXECUTIVE MESSAGE
3 MASONIC EDUCATION
19 AROUND THE WORLD
24 MEMBER PROFILE
6 FREEMASONRY AND THE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT IN CALIFORNIA
California Masons’ commitment to equality of opportunity
inspired an influential movement that profoundly shaped state
and national public policy.
9 FREEMASONRY AND THE CREATION OF PUBLIC SPACE
The success of the American Revolution can be attributed to
our fledgling government’s decision to promote free, public,
22 CONVERSATION STARTER In a time when discussion often devolves into dissension,
fraternal leaders train for civility, compassion, and
25 MASONIC ASSISTANCE: GENTLE JOURNEY At the Masonic Home at Union City, the Traditions program
embodies today’s best practices in dementia care. It’s also a place
where compassion, connection, and small miracles occur daily.
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