Freemasonry comprises men and women concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught its precepts (moral lessons and self-knowledge) by a series of ritual dramas – a progression of allegorical two-part plays learnt by heart and performed within each lodge – which follow ancient form and use stonemasons’ customs and tools as allegorical guides.
Freemasonry instils in its members a moral and ethical approach to life: it seeks to reinforce thoughtfulness for others, kindness in the community, honesty in business, courtesy in society and fairness in all things. Members are urged to regard the family’s interests as paramount, but, importantly, Freemasonry also teaches and practices concern for people, cares for the less fortunate and help those in need.
The Paviors’ Lodge is a member of the United Grand Lodge of England, the world’s oldest grand Lodge. Membership of lodges within the Honourable Fraternity of Ancient Freemasons and the Order of Women Freemasons is open to women of any race or religion.
Every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding to his fellow creatures. Interestingly, members of female lodges address each other as “Brother”.
Freemasons are taught to practise charity and to care – not only for their own – but also for the community as a whole both by charitable giving and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals. From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. This work continues today. In addition, large sums are given to national and local charities.
Freemasons strive for truth, requiring high moral standards and aiming to achieve them in their own lives. Freemasons believe that these principles represent a way of achieving higher standards in life.