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August Festive Board


Monday, August 3, 2015

The Kings Contrivance Restaurant
10150 Shaker Drive, Columbia, MD 21046
Cash Bar – 6:30 P.M.
Dinner 7 P.M.
$ 45.00 per person for dinner, beverage, and gratuity.
Please send your intent to attend to the Secretary, Inessa Mischenko, by July 25th.
For additional $35 you have a chance to purchase a collectable item – Maryland Masonic Research Society original Masonic Firing Glasses, handmade and engraved in UK.
Please mail your check to the Secretary by July 25th, 2015

Anti-clericalism, Freemasons and the Cristero War
by Brother and Rabbi Ken Cohen

Bro. and Rabbi Ken Cohen is a writer, speaker and pastor. Ken served as Hillel Director at American University in Washington, DC and held pulpits in Cardiff, Wales, Southfield, Michigan and Columbia, Maryland. He was a broadcaster with the BBC. Ken lectures widely and has taught classes on Jewish ethics at the US Capitol.

Ken was ordained by Leo Baeck College in London. He has a Bachelors degree from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, an MA in Jewish History from Baltimore Hebrew University and a Doctor of Divinity from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Ken is planning to talk about the dilemma that Masons face – they expected to show loyalty to the government, on one hand, but to resist tyranny on the other. What if the two come into conflict – if the government is a tyranny? The obligation to show loyalty is expressed in terms of obedience to the legislature – not to the sovereign. This might not be happenstance.

The Maryland Masonic Research Society

The Maryland Masonic Research Society (MMRS) was founded in 1979 by Elwood E.Cook and others, with the mission and motto of “Masonic Enlightenment through Research”.

MMRS meets at least four times a year at various locations throughout Maryland to hear and discuss research papers and presentations on philosophy, science, Masonic history, other subjects of interest to our members.

Subjects and papers presented in the last few years included:

  • The Lost Word is a Vibration
  • From the Tao to the Knights Templar, Masonic Principles Are Everywhere
  • A series of short talks on Masonic working tools
  • Alchemical and Rosicrucian Principles and Freemasonry
  • Freemasonry for the 21 st Century
  • “Return of Sacred Architecture: The Golden Ratio” [book in print]
  • “Committed to the Flames” [book in print]
  • The Qabalah
  • Russian Freemasonry and Catherine the Great
  • A scientific review and study: Sacred Geometry: Golden Ratio

Our August meeting each year is a Festive Board. Most of our year’s papers are collected in a volume of Transactions that is distributed to the membership. The Maryland Masonic Research Society is not a Lodge, and while it is hoped that all members will pursue the Craft, membership and officership are open to all who have an interest in Freemasonry. Lodges, libraries, and other organizations may become institutional members. Dues are $25 per year, and there is no application fee.