Q. Are the Masons some type of religon?
Though we are not a religon we do all believe in a Creator of the Universe or God, and we encourage our members to attend a church. The last thing Masonry wants to do is come between a brother and his religous belief's.
Q. I know a man who is a Mason, but he has never asked me to join. Why? Doesn't he think I'm worthy?
A. Masons are prohibited from asking anyone to join. If you are interested, you must ask - your friend would most likely be thrilled if you did, because it is a great honor to sponsor a man to become a Mason! When you ask, you are paying the man a compliment - that you think highly enough of him and what he stands for that you might like to learn more about him and the Lodge. If you are just curious, ask questions. You will probably get invited to attend an event and meet some of the people.
I know a man in his fourties who asked me "why didn't my dad ever ask me to join?" His father went to his grave - true to his obligation of not soliciting membership, even from his own son. It's a sad story, but it's a fundamental policy we have. "Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you" (Matt. 7:7)
Q. What are the requirements to join Freemasonry?
A. Three things:
1. You must be a man of good intelligence, sound moral character, and of lawful age (18 yrs old in Oregon). These qualifications are necessary to enable a man to take an active part in the lodge, to understand the meaning of the work and to be accepted as a Brother.
2. You must apply for admission of your own free will, without solicitation, selfish or mercenary motives. Masonry accepts as members only those who have conceived such a favorable opinion of the fraternity and its ideals that they wish to become united with it in its fellowship and its work for mutual profit; and this desire for mutual profit must be unselfish, for an intellectual, moral and spiritual profit, not for personal power or place, not business, professional, financial, or political advantages. Masonry asks no man to unite with it, and it carefully scans the motives of those who seek admission.
3. You must believe in a Supreme Being and in the immortality of the soul. Masonry does not inquire into the creed of a candidate or of a Brother. It admits members of any sect so long as they believe in the fundamental doctrines of Masonry.
Q. How much does it cost?
A. There are many urban legends about the Masons. One being "You must be rich and powerful to beome one". Dues and Initiation fees vary from Lodge to Lodge. Initiation fees for the three degrees of Masonry are a total of $150.00, and are broken up into installments as you take your degrees. Yearly dues are $50.00 at Sandy Lodge. Please ask a mason if you need more information.