There isn’t a great deal to report on in this story yet, but watch for more to unfold. It sounds as if a revolution is afoot. Worshipful Masters in Indiana have been receiving a “seditious” letter in the mail, which seems to be asking them to lead some sort of insurrection against the management of the Grand Lodge. It urges Worshipful Masters to lead the lodges in taking over Freemasonry in that State.
There seems to be no immediate information available as to who is sending these letters and no suggestion has been made thus far as to how they have the mailing addresses of the WMs of that state. The obvious conclusion is that is some sort of an inside job. Of course, who else would care if Freemasonry dies or not in these days? I can think of only two parties who would be truly motivated to see Freemasonry survive. Those are Freemasons themselves, and apart from Freemasons, David Icke. After all, David Icke stands to loose most if Freemasonry disappears.
As far as I can see, Masons online are making fun of the effort, and it is unlikely to generate as much light as it does heat, but I suspect someone is going to take it quite seriously.
For some time I have been suggesting that change needs to come to Freemasonry if it is to survive. I have also suggested that if Freemasonry has a future, it will end up being a much slimmer model, one with either no Grand Lodges, or with Grand Lodges that have essentially been turned into the hand maidens of the local lodges, and which are lean but not mean. It would seem that such an idea has some takers.
While it may be hard for some to imagine that this effort would likely result in actual change, it is quite likely that so long as there is any sort of Freemasonry left, there will be calls to action like this one. Where ever you as an individual Mason may think the solution lies, unless one of these calls to action achieves success and a wide response, the number of people involved in Freemasonry will continue to shrink until it is zero.
Perhaps it is not considered newsworthy by some because they think it improbable that such an effort will bear fruit.
At the very least it highlights if not corruption, then a tendency for unaffordable and irresponsible oppulence, and just how out of touch with reality the Grand Lodge leadership has become. In fairness to the officials in Indiana, it is unlikely that the leadership of Indiana’s GL is very much different from those of the other Grand Lodges.
Whatever you may think of this, from where I sit, it is very big news, precisely because someone actually cares enough to do it.
This should be interesting to watch.
Thanks to Colin Peterson, Adam Bauer, and Chris Hodapp
A word or two by way of explanation may be
worth offering concerning the title of this blog.
Hedge Mason, like similar terms Hedge Master,
Hedge Lodge, and the more widely recognized
Hedge School, are terms from Hiberno-English.
The latter of these terms, as many Irish will know,
refers to illicit schools dedicated to the maintenance
of Irish culture and language, alongside the classics
of European Philosophy, including Greek and Latin studies.
These institutions were founded throughout rural Ireland during
the Penal era when Irish Gaelic culture was under attack
by the English occupier. During this time also, the term
Hedge was added to masonic terms to refer to any masonic
individual or institution not approved of by the
Anglophone world. These often were lodges and masons
working to advance the cause of Irish independence.
It seems a very appropriate term then, for me to use to
name this blog.
For quite a while I have observed various blogs and podcasts
relating to Freemasonry, finding both much worth emulating
and a few things worth avoiding among them. Fairly
quickly it became apparent to me that there was little
being published in North America (or elsewhere for that matter)
that dealt fairly and offering a positive perspective on Liberal
Freemasonry or the world beyond the confines of the
Preston-Webb Rites or the AASR Northern or Southern
Jurisdictions and especially with the Modern Rite with which
we are associated.. Such sites exist beyond the Anglophone
Internet, but The Hedge Mason will endeavor to bring some
of that information within the grasp of an English speaking
It seems to me that it is time for a change, and this blog
will hopefully serve as a small corrective step in that direction.
The goal of this blog will be to provide interesting topics
from time to time on subjects relating to Liberal Freemasonry
and on responsible alternatives to what is exemplified by the
mainstream Grand Lodge system in North America.
While this site will not avoid covering contemporary issues,
it will try to avoid heavy handed critiques of any system or
tradition within Freemasonry. It is my belief that there is no
such thing as clandestine or irregular freemasonry. Such
labels belittle the rich tapestry of our traditions both
contemporary and historical. Further, such attitudes
directly contradict the premise of brotherhood and fraternalism
which is the foundation of Freemasonry.
In short, this site is about education and expanding
the horizons of Freemasons of all stripes and those who
are just interested in the subject. It is not a place intended
for debate or dispute, although if it engenders some that might
be a good thing.
Just in case some object to certain posts being off topic,
please note the subtitle of this blog includes the phrase,
“and other stuff.” That of course is because it’s my blog and
occasionally I want to ramble.
We look forward to sharing with you!
Source: The Hedge Mason