What is a Masonic Lodge?

 The term "lodge" itself comes from the structures which the stonemasons built against the sides of   the   cathedrals during construction. In winter, when building had to stop, they lived in these lodges   and worked at   carving stone.

 But a Masonic lodge is more than a building; it is a living, breathing organization made up of and   sustained   by the members themselves. It is a tight-knit group of men who make solemn vows to one   another and   become comrades in Masonry and life.

 Above all, a Masonic lodge represents open arms, a helping hand, and brotherly love to every Mason,   anywhere, at any time.


 Lodge Life

 No two Masonic lodges are the same. All have unique personalities driven by their members. Beyond the   monthly meetings, a Masonic lodge is a place for dinners, special events, and just hanging out.

 From the outside, a Masonic lodge can look rather mundane. But inside the lodge room itself, Freemasonry   comes to life, often with age-old artifacts, art, and the pageantry of our sacred ritual. More than anything,   when Masons gather in the lodge, it’s a reaffirmation of our Masonic values of brotherly love, relief, and truth.

 A unique aspect of lodge life is the coming together of generations and differing backgrounds. To become a   Mason, one only needs to be a man of good character and to believe in a God, whatever form that may take   for each individual. What binds Freemasons together is our obligation to each other to become the best   possible versions of ourselves.

 With this bond as common ground, strong, lifelong friendships form naturally between men of different   generations, religions, races, economic backgrounds, or political beliefs. Ask any Mason, and he’s sure to tell   you that through the lodge, he has become Brothers with men whom he may otherwise never have crossed   paths with in everyday life. This is one of the fundamental constancies of life as a Freemason.