Making good men better…
Masonry is the world’s first and largest fraternal organization, and is based on the belief that each man has a responsibility to help make the world a better place. Through our culture of philanthropy, we make a profound difference for our brothers, our families, our communities, and our future.
The mission of the Oregon Masons, to foster personal growth and improve the lives of others, is carried out through Masonic principles and tradition.
Our mission is guided by the enduring and relevant principles of our fraternity:
- Brotherly love: Masons are taught to treat all humanity as one family — regardless of our background or worldly honors. This principle unites men of every country, religion, and opinion; and build true friendships among those who might otherwise have never crossed paths.
- Integrity: We believe in strong moral and ethical values in personal, family, and community behavior.
- Service: We have a code of caring for others, expressed by charity and support given to those in need. Masons stay true to our personal code of conduct and ethics – honor, integrity, personal responsibility, and the continuous pursuit of knowledge. Masons are taught to dispel hypocrisy and deceit; and to plainly deal with all in our community.
We are committed to engaging and retaining members and their families through an enhanced, sustaining, and relevant membership experience. Fellowship, family, and lifelong learning are important to us. Leadership development and Masonic education are offered in a variety of formats to assist members in their continuous pursuit of knowledge, helping them excel both inside and outside the fraternity.
Why Should I Become a Freemason?
Joining Freemasonry is a path to personal enrichment. It’s about building your character, forming deep bonds, and contributing to society. Freemasonry’s foundations — brotherly love, relief, and truth — guide you toward self-improvement and community involvement. It’s for men who want to grow, be part of something bigger, and leave a positive mark on the world.
Who Can Be a Freemason?
Freemasonry is open to men from all walks of life, embracing diversity in every form. To be eligible in Oregon, you should at the least:
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Have resided in Oregon for at least six months.
- Be able to read and write the English language.
- Believe in a Supreme Being and in the immortality of the soul.
- Have good moral standing.
- Seek membership for personal growth, not for personal gain.
- Be eager for knowledge and respectful of the fraternity’s customs.
How Do I Become a Freemason?
Start by meeting some Masons. At Beaverton Masonic Lodge, we hold a monthly dinner at the Lodge on the first Thursday of the month, at 6pm. Any man interested in meeting Lodge members or learning more about Freemasonry is welcome to join us for dinner. To learn more about Freemasonry in general, check out the Resources section of this website.
What is a Masonic Lodge?
A Masonic Lodge is both a group of Freemasons and the physical space where they meet. It’s where Masons conduct official business, rituals, and enjoy fellowship. The lodge is a hub for social and charitable activities, enriching both the lives of its members and the community.
What Are the Degrees of Freemasonry?
Freemasonry comprises three degrees: Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and Master Mason. Progressing through these degrees, you’ll gain valuable moral and ethical lessons.
What is the Highest Rank in Freemasonry?
The highest rank within Freemasonry is that of a Master Mason, the third degree. While there are additional degrees in various Masonic bodies like the Scottish Rite, York Rite, Shriners, and others, they build upon, rather than surpass, the fundamental lessons of the first three degrees. There is no rank or degree higher than that of Master Mason.
How Do I Become a Master Mason?
To become a Master Mason, you must first petition a Lodge and be elected to receive the degrees of Freemasonry by the members of that Lodge. You will then complete the Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and Master Mason degrees, demonstrating your proficiency each. You’ll have plenty of help and form great relationships with other Masons along the way.
Is Freemasonry a Religion?
No, Freemasonry is not a religion. It requires belief in a Supreme Being but is open to men of all faiths. Religion is not a topic for discussion in Masonic meetings.
Why Does Freemasonry Use Symbols?
Freemasonry uses symbols to convey moral lessons and values efficiently, transcending language and cultural barriers. The square and compasses, for example, reflect our stonemason heritage and our commitment to moral and ethical development.
Where Did Freemasonry Come From?
Freemasonry’s origins are shrouded in history, likely emerging from medieval stonemason guilds. The first Grand Lodge, formed in London in 1717, marks the transition to modern Freemasonry — open to men beyond the stonemason trade. Its exact beginnings, however, remain part of its allure and mystique.
How Much Does It Cost to Become a Freemason?
Costs vary by Lodge. At Beaverton Masonic Lodge, there’s a one-time initiation fee that accompanies the petition to join and there are annual dues, which cover operational expenses.
Join Freemasonry and embark on a journey of self-discovery and community service. Connect with us to find out more and take your first step towards becoming a part of this timeless fraternity.