Chennai, Feb5 (): The city will host the world conference of Freemasons organized by the Grand Lodge of India in November. Two years ago, Chennai city witnessed the installation of a freemason grand master.
Freemasonry, sometimes just called Masonry, is the word’s oldest and largest Fraternity. It aims to promote Friendship, Morality, and Brotherly Love among its members — men from every race, religion, opinion, and background — who are brought together as Brothers to develop and strengthen the bonds of friendship.
There are more than 3 million members meeting in nearly every free country in the world. Freemasonry proposes to make good men better by teaching with metaphors taken from geometry and architecture, about building values based on great universal truths. And, charity and community service are fundamental to Freemasonry.
The last conference in India was held in New Delhi in the year 2002. This will be the second time that India is hosting the world conference of the free masons.
Fifty grand lodges and 500 masons from all over the world are expected to take part in this conference. Invitations to the conference have been sent to 140 grand lodges across the globe, which will be held across two days.
Dr Balaram Biswakumar, grand master, the grand Lodge of Ancient free and Accepted Masons (AF & AM) of India said, “We are looking forward to participation from the grand lodges of Paraguay, South Africa and Germany.”
The motive behind the conference will be to identify the role of Freemasonry in peacekeeping activities around the globe. Apart from the main address, there will be relevant sub-themes and associated with the geographies of the grand lodges. Masons will present papers related to the theme and the presentations will be held with discussions.
The conferences have revolved around subjects relevant to the 21st century in the past, which included environmental issues and role of women in Freemasons. Traditionally, only men were allowed to be Freemasons. The United Grand Lodge of England and others do not formally recognize any Masonic body that accepts women.
Nevertheless, female orders associated with regular Freemasonry such as Daughters of the Nile, Order of the Eastern Star and Order of the Amaranth have emerged in the past few years.
Every eighteen months, the world conferences of freemasons are held.The last conference was held in Bogotá, Columbia, in the month of May in 2011.