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Welcome to the Illinois Lodge of Research Masonic Education Program. The purpose of this Masonic Education Program is to assist Master Masons with their search for further Light in Masonry, by familiarizing them with various aspects of Freemasonry by way of participating in a comprehensive Masonic Education, self-guided curriculum.
Welcome to Illinois Masonic Education Program. This Masonic Education Program aims to assist the Master Mason in his search for Further Light in Masonry. To do this, they will familiarize themselves with various aspects of Masonry by participating in a comprehensive education program consisting of four parts or levels, culminating in becoming an Illinois Masonic Scholar.
This program encourages Masons to seek a greater understanding of Masonry in all its aspects. The program allows the Mason to pursue this home study program at his own pace, covering his own interests and enabling him to be more confident in sharing that knowledge with his fellows.
This program is designed for those Master Masons who enjoy pursuing scholarly work. Throughout the program, Masons will be introduced to various aspects of Masonic Education, including General Masonic Knowledge, Masonic History, Philosophy, Symbolism, and Esotericism.
Since this is a self-study program, we have provided some basic tools to aid your studies. You must know the subject and demonstrate an ability to identify and apply the Masonic principles you have learned. Your progress will be analyzed through your evaluation reports, exams, and presentations, including a final project.
The Master Mason will receive a certificate of achievement upon successfully completing each level. Successful completion of all four levels of the program, the Master Mason will receive the jewel of the Illinois Masonic Scholar, the Pine Cone.
Masonic Education Points are the standard measurement for obtaining credit for your work. Each level has a series of required and option books. Similarly, each level has its own individual requirements, be it an exam, an essay, a presentation, or any combination of the three. Upon completion of each one, it receives one (1) Masonic Education Point.
In this level, you are charged with further developing your understanding of general Masonic Information, Masonic Philosophy, and Symbolism. You are asked to read eight books, three of which are required. For each book, you will write a 2-3-page book review. You will receive a written exam based on three required books after completing your third book evaluation. Upon completion of the eight Education Points, Level I is complete. This section focuses on General Masonic Knowledge, such as rules, customs, and traditions, emphasizing origins.
In the Exemplar, we are introduced to what it means to conduct oneself accordingly. This book helps explain Masonic Law's contents using the Pennsylvania Ahiman Rezon. Additionally, the Illinois Masonic Education Program covers some common Masonic words, terms, and symbols that he will encounter and may assist him in his Masonic journey.
This book is unique in that it provides a deep understanding of Masonry on all levels and provides options, ideas, and methods to increase participation, membership, and interest from the public and Masonry. One unique aspect of this book is that Bro. Robinson wrote it before he became a Mason, and the book may have been one of the influencing contributors to his joining the fraternity, which he did just before the book went on sale.
As with many books on Freemasonry, this book offers an enhanced explanation of Masonry from its most accurate origins as we know them, based on written records. The author discusses traditions and customs and describes and explains actual architectural Masonry.
In this level, you are charged with further evolving your knowledge of Masonry by examining Freemasonry throughout time. We also examine Prince Hall Masonry, the Anti-Masonic movement, and Clandestine Masonry and the impact each has on the craft. In this part of the course, we attempt to develop your inner scholar; we do this by causing you, in addition to completing your book reviews and written exam, to deliver an educational presentation of your choice to your local lodge. Book reviews count as 1 point, whereas educational presentations count as 2 points. 2 Books are required.
This book provides a history of Prince Hall Masonry as a whole, specifically here in Illinois. Topics covered include Prince Hall Masonry's origins, how it deals with the community and its affiliates, its levels of the organization and appendant bodies, and finally, the establishment of its Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand of Illinois. This book is scarce and can be challenging to acquire. Contact us to find out additional options.
In this book, we are introduced to various historical events leading up to the creation of the anti-masonic party. The first and by far one the most influential of these events is the famed disappearance of William Morgan, the event known as the Morgan Affair.
In this level, you are charged with further developing your mind by being re-introduced to the symbols of the degrees in the symbolic lodge, only this time, some of those symbols have additional meanings. To complete this level, you must read one book, write your book evaluation, and complete your exam. This level is designed to assist the Master Mason in his scholarly pursuit by re-introducing him to the various symbols and their often-multi-layered meanings, allowing him to foster more profound thought.
In this book, the Master Mason will learn more about the development of Masonry and explore some of its symbolism from a multi-layered perspective. Additionally, this book will reveal that the “High Degrees” developed much earlier than initially suspected.
In this book, the Master Mason will learn more about the development of Masonry and explore some of its symbolism. Additionally, this book further discusses the Masonic Journey pertaining to the York Rite.
In this level, we aim to test your scholarly abilities, causing you to write a minimum 5-page paper. The paper can be either a comprehensive review of this education program or a research paper dealing with some aspect of Esoteric Masonry. This section is a little different, whereas there is no comprehensive exam to test your knowledge. This is because, at this point, you have become a Masonic Scholar, and it is your turn to show us your best work. This section is designed to develop the Masonic Scholar/Practitioner further and look at Masonry from a philosophical aspect.
This book on Esoteric Philosophy consists of thirty-two lectures covering each of the Scottish Rite Southern Jurisdiction Degrees. The lectures provided a backdrop for the degrees by giving lessons in comparative religion, history, and philosophy—a difficult read but arguably one of the best and most famous books written by a Masonic Author.
This is a great book. To some, it is viewed as a codex to the world's ancient occult and esoteric traditions. It shines a light on some of the most captivating and closely held secrets of myth, religion, and philosophy from ancient times to the present day. Topics include Islam, the Druids, Pythagoras, the Kabbalah, Alchemy, Freemasonry, and the crucifixion of Christ.
This book takes you deep into the mystical side of this fascinating secret society and shows you how to carry out the most powerful practices. Learn how to enter your inner temple and accomplish the ancient mysteries. Discover the compelling links to Egyptian Freemasonry as you progress through the degrees of initiation. Using this guide's profound rituals and exploration of Masonic tradition, you'll take the next step in your spiritual practice and improve all realms of life.
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