Freemasonry is charitable, benevolent, educational and religious society. Its principles are proclaimed as widely as men will hear. Its only secrets are in its methods of recognition and symbolic instruction.
It is charitable in that it is not organized for profit and none of its income insures to the benefit of any individual but all is devoted to the promotion of the welfare and happiness of humanity.
It is benevolent in that it teaches and exemplifies altruism as a duty.
It is educational in that it teaches by prescribed ceremonies a system of morality and brotherhood based upon Sacred Law.
It is religious in that it teaches monotheism; the Volume of Sacred Law is open upon its altars whenever a Lodge is in session; reverence to God is ever present in its ceremonial, and to its brethren are constantly addressed lessons of morality; yet it is not sectarian or theological.
It is a social organization only in so far as it furnishes additional inducement that men may foregather in numbers, thereby providing more material for its primary work of education, of worship and of charity.
Through the improvement and strengthening of the character of the individual man, Freemasonry seeks to improve the community. Thus it impresses upon its members the principles of personal righteousness and personal responsibility, enlightens them as to those things which make for human welfare, and inspires them with the feeling of charity or good will toward all mankind which will move them to translate principle and conviction into action.
To that end it teaches and stands for the worship of God; truth and justice, fraternity and philanthropy. The Nuwaupian Grand Lodge of Freemasonry Worldwide, Inc. affirms its continue adherence to that ancient and approved rule of Freemasonry which forbids the discussion in Freemasonic meetings of creeds, politics or other topics likely to excite personal animosities.
It further affirms its conviction that it is not only contrary to the fundamental principles of Freemasonry, but dangerous to its unity, strength, usefulness and welfare, for Freemasonic bodies to take action or attempt to exercise pressure or influence for or against any legislation or in any way to attempt to procure the election or appointment of government officials, or to influence them, whether or not members of the Fraternity, in the performance of their official duties. The true Freemason will act in civil life according to his individual judgment and the dictates of his conscience.
We are the first Freemasonic body to work hand in hand with Shriners (Al Mahdi) & affectionately refer to ourselves as a part of Al Mahdi Shrine Temple Family.
The Sovereign Grand Commander
Ill. Rev. Dr. Malachi Kobina York(e) 33°/720°