The Constitution of The Foundation Of Universal Freemasonry

Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the Masonic Family is The Foundation Of Universal Freemasonry, and

Whereas disregard and contempt for these rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of our Fraternity, and the advent of a world in which all Freemasons shall enjoy freedom of speech, belief and association has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the Masonic Ideal, and

Whereas it is essential, if a Freemason is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that freedom of speech, belief and association should be protected by a common unifying influence, and

Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between all members of the Masonic family, and

Whereas the members of The Foundation of Universal Freemasonry have in their founding documents reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of fellowship in larger freedom, and

Whereas the members of The Foundation of Universal Freemasonry have pledged themselves to achieve the promotion of Universal Freemasonry and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms, and

Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge, and

Now therefore, The Foundation Of Universal Freemasonry proclaims this Statement of Principles as a common standard of achievement for all Freemasons, to the end that every individual Freemason and every Masonic Lodge, keeping this statement constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the members of this organization and among Freemasons of all Obediences.

Article 1.

The Foundation Of Universal Freemasonry hereby unilaterally declares itself and its members to be in a state of amity and solidarity with all Freemasons whithersoever dispersed around the globe, regardless of reciprocation.

Article 2.

The Foundation of Universal Freemasonry, while renouncing all previous systems of jurisdiction, recognition and regularity as being archaic and harmful to the full expression of the Masonic Ideal, hereby unilaterally declares itself and its members to be in a state of harmony and peaceful co-existence with all present and future Masonic organizations, regardless of reciprocation.

Article 3.

All Freemasons are created equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of love, peace and harmony.

Article 4

All Freemasons are entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Statement of Principles, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, gender, sexual orientation, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

Article 5.

All Freemasons have the right of freedom of association, freedom of visitation and freedom of membership in any and all organizations as their interests guide them.

Article 6.

All Freemasons have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his or her religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his or her religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

Article 7.

All Freemasons have the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Article 8.

All Freemasons are entitled in full equality to a fair hearing by an independent mediator, in the determination of his or her rights and obligations and of any charge against them.

Article 9.

The Foundation of Universal Freemasonry shall issue Warrants of Dispensation to form Chapters upon application by any one Master Mason.

Article 10.

The Foundation of Universal Freemasonry shall issue Charters to form Lodges and make Masons upon application by any three Master Masons.

Article 11.

As the Lodge is the fundamental organizational unit of Freemasonry, Lodges chartered by The Foundation of Universal Freemasonry shall operate according to their own adopted By-Laws free from interference.

Article 12.

Lodges chartered by The Foundation of Universal Freemasonry shall be religious, secular, masculine, feminine or mixed-gender according to the desires of its members.

Article 13.

Lodges chartered by The Foundation of Universal Freemasonry shall be free to adopt their own Masonic Ritual and work in any language.

Article 14.

Members of Lodges chartered by The Foundation of Universal Freemasonry agree to submit to a conflict resolution process to be established by an impartial mediation panel. The services of the mediation panel will be available to all Freemasons regardless of their Jurisdiction, Obedience, or Constitution.

Article 15.

All Freemasons are encouraged to participate in the social and cultural life of the community and all Lodges chartered by The Foundation of Universal Freemasonry shall adopt at least one project per year that benefits the community as a whole outside of Lodge activities.

Article 16.

Lodges chartered by The Foundation of Universal Freemasonry shall be open to visitation by all Master Masons regardless of their Jurisdiction, Obedience, or Constitution, subject to a pledge of silence regarding the workings of the Lodge.

Article 17.

There shall be an Annual Communication of The Foundation of Universal Freemasonry which will rotate geographically. At least one day of the meeting shall be open to the public for recognition and participation of all interested Masonic visitors.

Article 18.

The Annual Communication of The Foundation of Universal Freemasonry shall have an Altar upon which will be placed A Blank Book and The World Scriptures.

Article 19.

The Foundation of Universal Freemasonry hereby adopts The Declaration of the Masonic Peace Institute as a part of this document.

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Declaration of the Masonic Peace Institute to
all inhabitants on earth

We, the members and supporters of the Masonic Peace Institute, are committed to the peaceful coexistence of all peoples no matter where dispersed. To this end we will toil spreading the cement of love and affection throughout Humanity. We will work with any like-minded individuals and/or groups, no matter their nationality, culture, color, sex, language, rank, race, residence, or religion. We furthermore, affirm and promote;

The equal dignity and rights of all people

The pursuit of peace, liberty, justice, and compassion for all

The right to the values of enlightenment, through education and unbiased information

Peaceful conflict resolution

Truth as expressed in all cultures and recognized by all human beings

Taking responsibility for the consequence of all action, processes and understanding

The truth as expressed in all religions, philosophy and cultures, but proselytizing none

The men & women, of all times and from all nations, who have promoted or do now promote peaceful civilization. The principles of equality found in the theories of democracy, without proselytizing any political agenda, action or system. To these ends we will act to:

Establish relations with other national and international peace organizations

Participate in worldwide events representing the humanitarian vision of democracy and peace

Conduct surveys or research and disseminate information

Become involved in peace processes where possible, proposing,participating in, and supporting peace talks and conflict resolution

Support like minded individuals and organizations

May love, peace and harmony prevail.

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Article 20.

The Foundation of Universal Freemasonry, Inc. has been formed as a 501(c)10 Domestic Fraternal Society under the laws of the State of Wisconsin and of the United States of America, dedicated to the cause of Universal Freemasonry and service to the community

Article 21.

This Statement of Principles shall be incorporated into all founding documents including Warrants of Dispensation and Lodge Charters and shall forever stand as written.

This document is hereby adopted as

The Constitution

of

The Foundation of Universal Freemasonry

 

by the Initial Board of Directors as its primary founding document

Dated this 14th day of February, 2011 at Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America

 

 

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