Some more information on Freemasonry
We are freemasons.
We consider ourselves as part of a wordwide brotherhood. We are committed to the principles of brotherly love and charity, we accept every person’s religious feelings and political views. In our meetings we perform an old and complex ritual. Only freemasons are allowed to take part in this ritual. Brethren are asked to keep details of the ritual confidential.
But we are not at all a „secret society“: We are delighted to talk about many aspects of our masonic life and if you would like to discuss this with us you welcome to do so.
A wealth of information can be found on the homepage of the United Grand Lodge of England (for a first impression you may want to refer to this video).
How can I become a freemason?
Any „free man of good standing“ can become a freemason if he believes in the existence of a supreme being. It does not matter which name you would like to use for the Supreme Being: May it be God, Jahwe, Allah or whichever name you wish to choose.
Only men can join our lodge. There are also women’s lodges – if you wish, we can arrange contact. Committed atheists can not become members of lodges within „regular“ freemasonry, i.e. lodges which are approved by the United Grand Lodge of England (But there are other lodges which are organized in other Grand Lodges which are open to atheists).
The minimum age for membership is 21 years.
We – the Pilgrim lodge – conduct our meetings in German language, so we expect from our new members some familiarity with this language. Although our meetings take place in London do not all our brethren live there. Many brethren live in other parts of England or even in other European countries and travel long distances in order to come to our meetings. We do expect from our new bretheren to be able to attend our meetings at London on a fairly regular basis.
We do regularily admit new brethren into our lodge, but we do not actively „recruit“.
In contrary we expect „Searchers“ – as we call men who are becoming interested in freemasonry – to come to us, out of their own free will and knock on our doors.
The problem is many searchers do not know where to knock.
If you are interested in freemasonry it is important for you to seriously think about your motivation. Just curiosity is not enough. Also you must not expect material gains. The United Grand Lodge of England has published some leaflets and brochures for new candidates, some of which can be downloaded from the website of the United Grand Lodge of England.
If – after having read those brochures and maybe some additional information – you are still interested in freemasonry, you should try to speak to a freemason. If you do not know anybody, you may contact the Grand Lodge or a local lodge near your place of residence.
Are You Interested in Our Lodge?
If you think that Pilgrim lodge might suit your, we would be most delighted to hear from you. Please refer to the German version of this page for further details. Please contact our secretary via email or letter in order to arrange a meeting which could either take place at London or near your own residence.
It’s not as complicated as you may think!