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Letters from the Grand Master of Masons in Maine to the Grand Masters of Georgia and Tennessee July 2016

MW F. Andrew Lane, Jr., Grand Master
Grand Lodge of Georgia, F. & A.M.
811 Mulberry St.
Macon, GA  31201-6779

Dear Brother Lane,

On March 14, 2016, Grand Master David A. Walker wrote to his Maine Brethren expressing his personal objection to the exclusion of men from Freemasonry based upon their sexual orientation, feeling that barring them runs contrary to our beliefs as Masons. He added that the Grand Lodge of Maine would address the recognition of Grand Jurisdictions that deny eligibility in our fraternity based upon exclusionary criteria beyond those prescribed in our ancient landmarks.

The Grand Lodge of Maine met last week and, after much spirited debate, decided for now to formally but firmly pronounce that Maine Masons deplore the creation of any qualification, or disqualification, for membership other than a man be free-born, of good report and well recommended; and we specifically reject any additional membership tests relating to political views, religious practice, race or sexual preference. Of course, each applicant and member must also be of lawful age and believe in God.

While this was the majority position of Grand Lodge members, there was a strong voice for removing recognition of any jurisdiction that denies membership based upon sexual preference. It was also voted that further action will be considered at the May 2017 Annual Communication.

Masonic leaders promise to live by the laws of the land and the Ancient Landmarks of the Craft; to exercise temperance, justice and brotherly love towards all God's children. I fully agree with my Maine Brethren in saying that to deny good men of faith admission into Freemasonry because of their sexual preference is not in concord with our often professed and rightly admired desire to bring together men of every country, sect or opinion.
I count among my close Masonic friends, Brothers of many faiths and races, and different sexual orientations. Each firmly believes in and earnestly practices the tenets of our profession as Masons, and contributes positively to building a society of men dedicated to the work and word of God, and the improvement of mankind, including themselves.

Amity among Grand Lodges is based upon two underlying principles: sharing common core beliefs and recognizing the sovereignty of each jurisdiction. Nothing would please me more than being able to report to my Maine Brethren next May that our jurisdictions are once again in full amity, and that the Grand Lodge of Georgia no longer has membership qualifications fundamentally different from those of the Grand Lodge of Maine.
May we continue to be in warm fraternal correspondence on the important business of our beloved Craft.

Fraternally and in His service,


Thomas Pulkkinen, Grand Master


 

MW Billy Ray Cutlip, Grand Master
Grand Lodge of Tennessee, F. & A.M.
100 7th Avenue N., Suite 4
Nashville, TN  37203

Dear Brother Cutlip:

On March 14, 2016, Grand Master David A. Walker wrote to his Maine Brethren expressing his personal objection to the exclusion of men from Freemasonry based upon their sexual orientation, feeling that barring them runs contrary to our beliefs as Masons. He added that the Grand Lodge of Maine would address the recognition of Grand Jurisdictions that deny eligibility in our fraternity based upon exclusionary criteria beyond those prescribed in our ancient landmarks.

The Grand Lodge of Maine met last week and, after much spirited debate, decided for now to formally but firmly pronounce that Maine Masons deplore the creation of any qualification, or disqualification, for membership other than a man be free-born, of good report and well recommended; and we specifically reject any additional membership tests relating to political views, religious practice, race or sexual preference. Of course, each applicant and member must also be of lawful age and believe in God.

While this was the majority position of Grand Lodge members, there was a strong voice for removing recognition of any jurisdiction that denies membership based upon sexual preference. It was also voted that further action will be considered at the May 2017 Annual Communication.

Masonic leaders promise to live by the laws of the land and the Ancient Landmarks of the Craft; to exercise temperance, justice and brotherly love towards all God's children. I fully agree with my Maine Brethren in saying that to deny good men of faith admission into Freemasonry because of their sexual preference is not in concord with our often professed and rightly admired desire to bring together men of every country, sect or opinion.

I count among my close Masonic friends, Brothers of many faiths and races, and different sexual orientations. Each firmly believes in and earnestly practices the tenets of our profession as Masons, and contributes positively to building a society of men dedicated to the work and word of God, and the improvement of mankind, including themselves.

Amity among Grand Lodges is based upon two underlying principles: sharing common core beliefs and recognizing the sovereignty of each jurisdiction. Nothing would please me more than being able to report to my Maine Brethren next May that our jurisdictions are once again in full amity, and that the Grand Lodge of Tennessee no longer has membership qualifications fundamentally different from those of the Grand Lodge of Maine.
May we continue to be in warm fraternal correspondence on the important business of our beloved Craft.
Fraternally and in His service,

Thomas Pulkkinen, Grand Master

 

 


 

NOTICE OF A SPECIAL COMMUNICATION
OF THE GRAND LODGE OF MAINE, A.F. & A.M.

By order of the Most Worshipful Grand Master:

A Special Communication of the Grand Lodge of Maine A.F. & A.M. will commence at the Masonic apartments of Bethlehem Lodge No. 35, located at 317 Water Street, Augusta, at 3:15 pm on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, for the purpose rededicating the cornerstones of Lithgow Library and the Augusta Masonic Temple that were originally laid by the Grand Lodge of Maine A.F. & A.M. in ceremonies held on June 14, 1894.

All participating Grand Lodge officers should arrive at the Masonic Temple by 2:30 pm for a brief rehearsal. The Grand Lodge officers and other interested Brethren will parade to the Lithgow Library located at 45 Winthrop Street, Augusta, for the 4:00 pm ceremony. Brethren not in the procession may go directly to the Lithgow Library for the ceremony. Following the celebration at the library, Brethren will return to the Masonic apartments to rededicate the cornerstone of the Lodge building.

All participating Grand Lodge officers should wear a dark business suit and conservative tie, and the apron and collar of their office. All other Brethren wearing Past Grand Lodge aprons or Lodge Officer aprons and collars should also wear a dark business suit, or a dark sports jacket, and conservative tie.

Any Grand Lodge officer unable to be present for this Special Communication is asked to notify me as soon as possible so that another Brother may be designated to fulfill the duties of your office.

Please make every effort to join me at these special events.

Per Order:                                                       Attest:

 

Bro. Thomas E. Pulkkinen                              Bro. Daniel E. Bartlett
MW Grand Master                                          RW Grand Secretary

 

DECISION


Whereas Lodges and affiliated building associations often incur financial obligations associated with the purchase of insurance and other products and services from the Grand Lodge of Maine, and

Whereas Lodges are required to file Annual Returns with Grand Lodge and to pay amounts determined thereon not later than January 31 each year, and

Whereas the timely payment of these financial obligations is an obligation of these bodies and their elected officers, and

Whereas some insurance bills remain unpaid more than eight months after payment was due, and Annual Returns are in arrears for as much as four months, and

Whereas, the granting of dispensations requested by Lodges is at the discretion of the Grand Master, now therefore, it is the decision of this Grand Master that:

No dispensation will be granted, except in emergency situations based upon material facts specific to a request, when the requesting Lodge or its affiliated building association has a financial obligation(s) outstanding with Grand Lodge for more than 60 days beyond the date such payment is due and payable.
Grand Master

Dispensations from Grand Master

To all Lodges in the Grand Jurisdiction of Maine

As Grand Master of Masons in Maine, I am pleased to grant a blanket dispensation for all Maine Masons to join the Grand Lodge officers in leading the Shrine Parade in Belfast on Saturday, June 18, 2016. Each Mason should wear the apron and collar of his Grand Lodge or Lodge office, or bring a white apron from his Lodge. Masons may march with their Lodges or with your Grand Lodge Brethren.

Masons marching in the parade will muster at the Belfast High School, 98 Waldo Avenue by 12:30 pm. The parade attire will be a dark suit (or dark pants and jacket), black shoes and a conservative tie. If the sun is strong, Brethren may wear an "appropriate" cap. Brethren are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to create a Masonic presence in this Downeast community. Please join with your Shrine-Mason Brethren to demonstrate the vibrancy of our great fraternity – that we aren't just an institution of the past, but a body of good men, living by strong values and contributing to our communities;  Masons interested in and committed to enriching lives through our lessons and our actions.

Please read this letter at your next Regular Communication.


I am pleased and proud to be,

 Thomas Pulkkinen

Your Friend and Brother,
Grand Master of Masons in Maine

To all Lodges in the Grand Jurisdiction of Maine

As Grand Master of Masons in Maine, I am pleased to grant a blanket dispensation for all Maine Masons to march in two parades this summer. Each Mason should wear the apron and collar of his Grand Lodge or Lodge office, or bring a white apron from his Lodge.

July 16, 2016: Bethel – MollyOckett Town Festival Parade; tentatively steps off at 11:00 am from Casablanca Theater's parking lot, 23 Cross Street, Bethel.

August 13, 2016: Greenwood Bicentennial Parade – The Grand Master and other Grand Lodge officers will be marching in this parade. Information on the staging location will be added to the District 20 calendar for this date.

Brethren are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities to create a Masonic presence in these District 20 communities. Please join with your Masonic Brethren to demonstrate the vibrancy of our great fraternity – that we aren't just an institution of the past, but a body of good men, living by strong values and contributing to our communities; Masons interested in and committed to enriching lives through our lessons and our actions.

Please read this letter at your next Regular Communication.

I am pleased and proud to be,
Your Friend and Brother,

 Thomas Pulkkinen
Grand Master of Masons in Maine

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