“Ritual is very important for the future of Masonry because it’s where the bonds are formed between brothers,” says Edwin Senga, junior warden of Atwater Larchmont Tila Pass No. 614 and an individual winner of the 2016 Ritual Awards. “The more solemn and heartfelt the ritual, the better the experience – and the stronger the bond that’s created between a candidate and his brothers.”
Throughout history, most of humanity has existed in a state of bondage. When we consider this concept, we tend to envision the past – tyrants, kings, emperors, oligarchs, and juntas who ruled and oppressed their nations and subjects. Yet it is no different today. In the first decades of the 21st century, just 40 percent of the world’s population can be said to be free; 60 percent are either not free or are only partially so.
Last year marked an exciting chapter in California Masonry’s growth: For the first time since 1958, nine new lodges were created in a single year! Fledgling lodge leaders are adopting innovative approaches towards member engagement, community outreach, and even physical spaces.