Freemasonry is

Diversity represents the universality of our Craft. The multiplicity of religious and ethnic backgrounds that our Craft embraces.

The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognising our individual differences.

Freemasonry does not exclude anyone for reasons of origin, social standing, race, economic status or religious affiliation. It’s the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive and nurturing environment. It’s about understanding each other and moving beyond tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.

The richness of Freemasonry comes from the diversity of its members. This richness is drawn out by the capacity of its diverse membership to work towards an ideal, or the pursuit of perfection.

The diversity of Freemasonry’s membership chips away in union at this pursuit of the goodness and light that binds us all.

On a worldwide basis, the diversity of the Craft in different countries is part of the beautiful tapestry of Freemasonry. Within our jurisdiction the success of ethnic themed lodges speaks for itself and is tempered only by the importance of ensuring that members of these lodges do not become introverted but take their enthusiasm out to ‘general’ lodges in the jurisdiction.

Within individual lodges diversity is enhanced by a blurring of religious differences – in part because of the adoption of masonic principles and in part by society’s lower preoccupation with religion.

Within ourselves? Not one of us is perfect. We all harbour a set of prejudices but the secret is to overcome those prejudices and turn them into positives.

Unity suggests that no matter where you are in the world, we all share a common bond.

That we, as masons should have concord and harmony with our lodges.

Unity is the quality or state of being one or united into a whole.

Many of you would have heard ‘all for one and one for all’ (the three musketeers). ‘By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall’ (John Dickson) ‘behold how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity’ (Psalms 133).

We dwell together in unity because we are like-minded.

As like-minded brethren, we see alike in principle, we profess our belief in a supreme being, and we are honest, law-abiding citizens of our country. We help each other to be better at what we do and in how we work within our community.

Brethren, these common goals and beliefs are what unite us.

Diversity and Unity work together like a hand in a glove!

Unity is exemplified by that ‘column of mutual aid and support’. If a lodge does not care for every single one of its brothers it is failing.

We must set the bar so high that society will admire us for truly being what we would like ourselves to be!

Mateship represents friendship within a group of men, on terms of equality and mutual support.

Freemasonry is about making good men better, through the practice of timeless principles such as mateship.

The word ‘mate’ is used to describe friends and colleagues.

Mateship remains an ingrained concept in Australian culture and in Australians’ view of themselves in the world. But mateship is just our version of a universal camaraderie that has featured in many cultures around the world throughout history.

Mateship within the lodge is more than an iconic phrase. It involves every member in a lodge being involved in the nurturing and success of every brother in the lodge. The key is involvement, not words.

So, do we leave this to the Grand Master alone or do we roll up our sleeves and actually do something ourselves? The choice is ours.

Brethren, the Grand Master’s themes embrace Australia – he wishes to modernise and showcase Freemasonry and looks forward to working with every member of the Craft to achieve those objectives.

Article extracted from Freemason magazine, June 2016, pages 4 and 5.


In a world often dictated by hate and segregation, membership of an organisation capable of uniting men of all religions, colours and even accents is more relevant than ever.

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