Nearly 3 million men are Freemasons in the United States today, with another 2 million worldwide, and the numbers are growing. Freemasonry can be found in almost every country of the world and is highly visible in almost every major historical occurrence in the United States from the Revolutionary War to the laying of the Capital cornerstone.
Freemasonry is open to all men regardless of race, religion, nationality, social status or wealth as long as they hold a belief in a supreme being and have good moral character. Thus, Freemasonry welcomes men of any faith or creed, but it is not a religion, nor is it a substitute for religion. It does, however, require of its members a belief in a supreme being as part of the obligation of every responsible adult.
To ensure harmony among all, Freemasonry advocates no particular devotion, practice or expression of Deity. Neither are the doctrines of religion and merits of partisan politics debated, nor even permitted to be discussed at Masonic meetings. In short, Freemasonry does not interfere with duties that a man owes to his God, his country, his neighbors or his family. Rather, it simply helps a good man become a better man, father, husband, brother or son.
Of course, there are additional steps to membership beyond gender and good character. There are nearly 40 Lodges within the jurisdiction of the District of Columbia, of which Justice-Columbia Lodge No. 3 is but one. Like people, each Lodge has its own personality, priorities, and prerequisites upon which it accepts members. Some Lodges focus on local community service and charitable works; others on perfecting the strong bonds of fraternal camaraderie; while still others dedicate their efforts to exploring historical ritual and esoteric teachings.
All offer valuable and important education and awareness of self and service, and you are encouraged to visit other Lodges to find one that is right for you before submitting a petition. To learn the meeting times and locations of Lodges in the District of Columbia, please visit www.dcgrandlodge.org.