Frequently Asked Questions
Why do people join the International Order of Freemasonry for Men and Women, Le Droit Humain?
Its members have joined for a variety of reasons, but primarily, they are drawn to the possibility of working with like-minded individuals to improve the human condition. They also join this Order because men and women work together as equals.
Do I have to know someone in the Lodge, or do I have to to be invited to join?
No, you do not. Normally, when someone expresses an interest in joining Ma’at Lodge, he or she is invited to meet informally with some or all of the members to talk, answer questions, and discuss our Lodge and our Order, so that the Inquirer can get a better sense of International Freemasonry for Men and Women, and whether this is a group he or she truly wishes to join.
What is the expected time commitment?
Ma’at Lodge meets a minimum of ten times per year, on the second Saturday of the month. These meetings usually last from 3 – 5 hours. Besides the once a month meetings, members are encouraged to meet with others of the same degree for education to advance to higher degrees. In addition there is a certain amount of memory work that one practices on his or her own.
Are there any fees to join?
The application for initiation is a one-time fee of $60. In addition, annual dues at Ma’at Lodge are $70. Members also make regular contributions based on personal ability to pay to support charity and lodge expenses.
How does one become a member?
First of all, a candidate must be a minimum of 18 years old. Anyone wanting to apply should make contact with us through a member or on our contact page. After having had the opportunity to meet with members of the Lodge, you may request an application. After submitting an application, you will have the opportunity to meet with some of the members of the lodge on a more personal level. The process generally takes several months. If you are from another state in our district, the process is somewhat different, and we will correspond with you personally with explanations.
How do Freemasons view the laws of society?
Freemasonry in no way conflicts with the civil laws as defined by the country of residence. A Freemason is expected to be a contributing member of society and is never asked to assume any obligation which would be contrary to civil law. It is also contrary to the teachings of Freemasonry to exploit membership for personal gain or on behalf of any outside interest.
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What is the difference between Le Droit Humain and other varieties of Freemasonry?
The basic difference is that Le Droit Humain is available to men and women alike and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, nationality, religion, social group or ethnicity. Some Masonic groups admit only men; some admit only women; Le Droit Humain admits both. Additionally, the International Order of Freemasonry for Men and Women, Le Droit Humain is international, with its governing body in Paris and groups in more than sixty countries of the world. Le Droit Humain also combines in one organization several varieties of Masonry: Craft Masonry (the basic sort), Scottish Rite Masonry, York Rite Masonry and Chivalric Masonry.