Seattle's Oldest Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons
Welcome to St. John's Lodge!
As Seattle's oldest Masonic Lodge, St. John's offers a tried and true system to create society
leaders and give men working tools to enable positive change around them. This Lodge provides an
environment of friendship where men of all trades mentor and help each other grow. This is what Freemasonry is all about.
St. John's Lodge No. 9 will be a recognized Masonic leader in personal growth through association, ritual excellence, education, and charity.
Our meetings are held every 3rd Wednesday of the month. Visitors are always welcome!
Join us in December!
Please make your dinner reservations with the secretary
at 206 623-0261 or email@example.com by Friday,
December 12, prior to the December 17 meeting. Invite a
brother to accompany you to Lodge.
From the East
A Monthly Column in our Trestle Board Publication
by Worshipful Master Russ Johnson
Where are we going? What does Masonry look like in the future? What do we need to do to achieve success in the future? Good questions all.
As it has on numerous occasions in the past, Masonry appears to be struggling for its long-term survival. At the same time, the teachings and fellowship that Masonry provides have never before been so needed in our world. Then why is Masonry struggling? Why isn’t Masonry growing and thriving? The cause may lay in Masonry’s resistance to change.
While our ancient ways and teachings are the core of our identity, they may no longer make a connection with the younger generations. Is this disconnect because our principles are out-moded? I don’t believe that. Could it be due to rise of electronic social media removing the younger generation’s ability to socialize or relate to others in person? I think not. When talking to those younger men that are interested in Masonry, we find they are searching for something. They have unfulfilled spiritual needs. They are searching for a deeper meaning to their lives.
The fast paced electronic world, with all its diversions, leaves many young men without identity and unsatisfied. They long for social discourse and intellectual discussions. They want to be part of something bigger and thus draw identity from it. The young men are coming to Masonry, looking for exactly what Masonry has to offer. So why the difficulty in attracting and retaining those interested young men? I believe the problem lies in communication. The tried and once-true Masonic communication methodologies are just not effective with the younger generations. These young men have been inundated since birth with high impact visual and auditory snippets that promise to explain all knowledge in 30-second multi-media bites. Their minds have been trained to receive and process information very quickly, at the expense of longer attention spans. Their capabilities are therefore in direct conflict with the Masonic methodologies of rote memorization, reading and discourse.
“Future Masonry” needs to learn to communicate with the younger generations. Should the message change? Absolutely not! Only the way we communicate needs to change. Just as Preston formalized Masonic-teaching methods into a question and answer style and Webb changed those methods into stand up lectures, the next Preston or Webb will need to change our techniques into a modern method of teaching. Future teachings could start with multi-media presentations followed by short reading assignments, then discussions. Gradually, new Masons could build educational stamina and transition into the more traditional reading-based methodologies. With the current state of teaching techniques and technologies there are plenty of tools. This change is certainly an endeavor for the Prestons and Webbs of our time.
Something for us all to consider.