Freemasons are ordinary people who seek knowledge of themselves, and the world around them, through the study of, and participation in, symbolic ritual.
Being a Mason is not to benefit a career or progress in the commercial sense, nor to simply partake in a healthy social life.
Masons work through self-understanding and improvement, gained through Masonic ceremony, to achieve harmony with the wider world and thereby to benefit mankind.
Membership is open to men and women, without distinction of ethnicity, or personal beliefs. Our order is founded on the ancient teachings and traditions of Freemasonry and works a system of initiatory continuity from the 1st to the 33rd degree inclusive of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite and some York Rite degrees.
The International Order of Freemasonry for Men and Women, Le Droit Humain, works to the glory of the Great Architect of the Universe and/or to the Perfection of Humanity. On an individual level, it strives "to promote the progress of individual worth, without the imposition of Dogma, or exacting the abandonment of cultural or religious ideas". On a group level "it works to unite men and women who agree on a humanist spirituality whilst respecting individual and cultural differences".
Freemasonry is a pathway of initiation; free from dogma, inspired by the search for truth, an understanding of human consciousness - a science of the spirit. Freemasonry provides a means by which its members, through the study of Masonic symbolism and tradition, may seek truth, promote brotherhood and work in the service of humanity.