Freemasonry is an initiatory society open to
men and women of good will and high ethical standards.
Its methods represent an access to perfectibility and
to self-discovery through the use of universal symbols.
There have been women Freemasons from as early
as the Eighteenth Century.
In the latter half of the twentieth century,
women's Freemasonry has grown with enormous vitality.
Its importance today is greater than ever before,
because its principles address universal concerns as
well as the individual's quest for self-knowledge..
Freemasonry is non dogmatic. It is
not a political party, a sect or a social
club. It values, above all, freedom of thought
among women from all walks of life. It is
universal in that it explores the language
of universal symbols to guide one toward
inner development. We, Freemasons, come
from all ethnic groups and profess diverse
religious beliefs or political opinions.
We are united in the fact that we are all
"seekers" and our discussions
take place in an atmosphere of understanding
and goodwill. Within the Lodge, we learn
to exercise responsibility and search for
truth. All opinions are freely heard, all
nuances of thought are respected. We learn
to think on our own, to search within ourselves,
to express ourselves in a non-judgmental
The building crafts occupy a privileged place in
Masonic symbolism because Freemasons consider themselves
the spiritual heirs to the operative masons, e.g. the
cathedral builders. Today's Freemasons' cathedral is
this inner Temple which each of us must build to contribute
to a more enlightened world. The Lodge work cannot proceed
in isolation. It aims to create a better future, as
we develop in ourselves and in future generations a
thoughtful mind, a sense of responsibility and teamwork
as well as respect for others. While seeking inner peace,
we hope to work towards this universal peace where the
ideals of liberty and equality are fully realized.