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Joint Unity Statement From The Grand Lodges of Missouri

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The State of Missouri is suffering as are many states in our country. Unfortunately, it is
not the first time there has been strife due to the inequitable application of human rights
and varying treatments of various groups within our state and country. Those inequities
are profoundly contrary to the principles of our Order.

Our State has experienced social unrest in major cities on multiple occasions over the
years and we are saddened that the issues that precipitated the unrest have not yet been
fully resolved. Inequitable treatment and racial tensions are not just limited to the urban
areas of our State and we must recognize the inequities where they exist and attempt to
eliminate them through legal means as quickly as possible. While we recognize that
there must be changes made to our legal system, the true path to restoration, equality,
and healing starts with individual mindsets and proper actions.

We all know that the principles of our Masonic Fraternity can go a long way towards
assuring equality and fostering the respect that is due every person of the human family
when properly applied. Through exercising and practicing the masonic principles of
Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth and acknowledging that we are all created by God and
therefore equal in his eyes, we cannot waiver from these principles and be considered
true Freemasons. Freemasonry unites men of every race, country, sect, and opinion and
conciliates true friendship among those who might have otherwise remained at a perpetual distance. It is our duty as a fraternity to influence those within our ranks to make
decisions that help contribute to the repairing of the various broken systems that plague
our communities.

Our respective Grand Lodges have a long and rich history in the State of Missouri
which we need to share with each other and the world. Nearly 20 years ago, our Grand
Lodges acknowledged, by resolution, that we are both respected and valid Grand Lodges
inhabiting the same geographical area and we have worked diligently on expanding
our joint activities and relationships. Our members and our respective Grand Lodges are
so much more enriched because of our love and the respect we share for one another.

The death of George Floyd is a tragedy. Our members are free to make their own decisions
as to what should be considered justice in this situation and while we
acknowledge that we live in an imperfect world, we stand united in our strong belief
that the foundations of our moral system can and must bridge the chasm that divides our
state and country right now. Each member of our order is free to vote and express himself
without interference from our Grand Lodge and we pray that how you choose to
express yourself will be tempered with compassion and understanding for the entire
human race.

We call upon all peoples of our state to not fall victim to racism, hatred or contribute to
destructive expressions for the lack of progress. And to our members, be ever mindful
that we are one Brotherhood and we should always be our brother’s keeper. United we
will stand. Now, henceforth, and forever.

It is our ardent desire that we bond together as brothers to make our world a more just
and honorable place.

May the God of Love and Peace delight to dwell with and bless you.

DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

In May, 1868, after several years of various parts of our country taking time to honor and remember the veterans of the civil war by spreading flowers over the graves of casualties of that war, a national movement took hold and the first national day of remembrance was held. At the time it was called Decoration day but over time has been dubbed Memorial Day. It became a National holiday effective in 1971 and was designated as being celebrated on the last Monday in May. May was originally chosen because May of each year is the most prolific for blooming flowers.

As the Memorial Day holiday approaches and we try to find time during this national pandemic to gather together as best we can and as has become our tradition, let us pause and reflect on the purpose of this holiday. A portion of the ceremony that was developed to honor our masonic brothers who chose to serve our country in the military, mentions several things that are moving and should be remembered during this holiday.

“WHILE THIS SERVICE MAY HAVE BEEN IN A TIME OF WAR OR A TIME OF PEACE, IT HAS BEEN THROUGH THEIR LOVE, LOYALTY AND ZEALOUS SENSE OF DUTY THAT WE MAY CONTINUE TO LIVE TOGETHER FREELY AND HONORABLY.

NO MATTER WHICH BRANCH THEY SERVED IN, WHATEVER THEIR JOB PATH, OR HOW MANY YEARS THEY SERVED, RAISING THEIR HAND AND COMMITTING THEMSELVES TO SERVICE IN THE MILITARY WAS A BRAVE AND SELFLESS ACT.

NOW, AS WE PAY TRIBUTE TO THOSE BROTHER WHO SO GALLANTLY SERVED OUR COUNTRY, LET US NEVER FORGET THE SACRIFICES HE AND HIS FAMILY MADE TO PRESERVE THE FREEDOMS OF THIS GREAT NATION.

HELP US TO REMEMBER THAT THE FREEDOMS WE ENJOY IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY DID NOT COME WITHOUT COST, THAT OUR BROTHERS AND THE MEN AND WOMEN LIKE THEM PAID FOR THEM WITH THEIR BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS.”

During your holiday activities, take time to close your eyes, take several deep breaths and contemplate, reflect and concentrate on exactly what this date means and the sacrifices made on our behalf. Then say a prayer for the families and loved ones who still suffer the loss of a loved one and REMEMBER.

May God bless and protect each of you and our great nation.

Fraternally

Stanton T. Brown, II
Grand Master

Grand Lodge Office To Be Closed To All Visitors

In the last 2 weeks since my Edict was issued and my subsequent announcements concerning the issues arising from the outbreak and spreading of the COVID-19 coronavirus, it seems that we know very little more concerning the long-term ramifications of this disease or how long we will have to deal with it.

What is apparent is that it is continuing to spread and still no true explanation of how communicable it is and by what method it is transmitted.

In view of the recommendations of the CDC, WHO, city, county, and State governments as well as multiple health experts and in consideration of the inherent risks involved with close contact with the general public, I am ordering that effective immediately, the Grand Lodge Office be closed to all visitors until further notice.  When there are clear and verifiable indications that the risk of infection has been controlled and abated, we will reassess the need for limiting access to the Grand Lodge office location.

The Grand Lodge staff and all personnel will continue to function and conduct all business as prescribed by our by-laws and by our obligation and commitment to serving the craft members and lodges.  Instead of face to face interactions during this time, all business will be conducted by telephone, emails or other forms of electronic communications.

It is at times like this that allow us to refocus on what is truly important and to remember the welfare of our brothers and their families.  Take this opportunity to reflect on our obligations to each other and check on ones you haven’t heard from for a while, especially our elderly members and widows.

I believe that this action is consistent with our commitment to each other and is in the best interest of all concerned.  Your patience and understanding during this trying time is requested and is greatly appreciated.

Fraternally Yours,
Stanton T. Brown II
Grand Master 2019-2020