Freemasons - Ararat Lodge
As one of the world's oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations, it's undeniable that Freemasonry holds a unique place in history. It is also very much an organisation that changes with the times, and seeks always to be a modern and vibrant opportunity for men to better themselves and the communities they live in. Freemasonry teaches self-knowledge through participation in a progression of ceremonies. Members are encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry, and to take advantage of the many opportunities provided to do good in the community. Members are taught the principles of Freemasonry (moral lessons and self knowledge) by participating in a series of ritual dramas – a progression of allegorical two-part plays that are learnt by heart and performed within each lodge. These plays follow ancient forms and use stonemasons' customs and tools as allegorical guides. An ethical and moral approach to life is instilled by the practice of Freemasonry. With the core values of integrity, kindness, fairness and honesty at the centre of all Freemasons' lives, members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount, and also teaches concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need. By consciously undertaking self-development and contributing to their communities, the lives of the Freemasons are transformed in deep and lasting ways for the better.