Three Distinct Knocks
We believe that Freemasonry provides a genuine initiatory experience and a pathway to mature masculinity. The Gentle Craft brings together men who might have otherwise been divided by class, race, religion, or sectarian opinion and allows them to become friends and Brothers. It provides important moral instruction and non-dogmatic support for faith in the Divine. It gives men a sense of their place in society, in history, and in the universe. Freemasonry is not only relevant for men in our modern age, but essential.
** We believe candidates should be provided the best possible experience in joining the Fraternity. The experience of being Entered, Passed and Raised should be deeply moving, impressive, and memorable. But these experiences are essential but insufficient for a truly good candidate experience. The traditional education for candidates consisting of memorization of catechisms or lectures provides an excellent opportunity to introduce candidates to the philosophy, history, and traditions of the Fraternity. Mere memorization isn’t education. It is imperative that candidates be provided with the opportunity to begin to develop a real understanding of the degrees and the Craft.
* We believe in the tradition of making “daily progress in Freemasonry.” Freemasonry is a progressive science — that is to say, it is a body of knowledge that requires study and effort. Only through such study does a man progress in his understanding of the Mysteries of Masonry and begin to improve himself and, thereby, his community. It is our hope that as we build more resources on our website we can become a resource for those in the Craft seeking to make daily progress.
– Worshipful Brother David Riley and Brother Nicholas Harvey
Worshipful Jonathan Sriberg and Worshipful Geoffrey Kromer join us to talk about The Grumpy Past Master's Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/harrumph/
Joining Three Distinct Knocks this week is Brother T.S. Akers, a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, is the Curator of Collections for the McAlester Valley of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. He has written extensively on the history of Freemasonry in Oklahoma, including the essential volume Knights on the Prairie: A History of Templary in Oklahoma. Akers’ paper “The Legacy of Regimental Lodges” was recently published in Philalethes: The Journal of Masonic Research & Letters.
The Illustrious Bob Davis joins us to speak about the condition of Freemasonry in Oklahoma.
More info can be found here: www.RobertGDavis.net
Learn more about Martin Faulks:
"A Mosaic Palace Freemasonry and the Art of Memory"
David's rant: https://threedistinctknocks.org/of-rings-and-things/
Bro. Joseph Boo, Wor. David Norton, and Bro. Ian Adams join us to talk about:
Tattooing Masons Masons with Tattoos Masonic Tattoos Masons who Tattoo
Wor. H. Robert Huke joins us to talk about the new "Find More" marketing campaign with the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.
We asked Bob Davis "York Rite or Scottish Rite?" and which one should be done first.
David's rant, titled "Hello, Brother." Dr. Jim Tresner New Scottish Rite education materials Bob answers the age old debate: Scottish Rite vs York Rite?
The products mentioned can be found here: https://robertgdavis.net/shop/
Thank you to Bro. Aaron for suggesting this topic from our Patreon!
"My topic is the ideal Grand Lodge, but in a bit of a science fiction context.
It's 20 years in the future, and you find yourself in the new colony on Mars. At the point that there are three Lodges in this new colony, you and your Grand Lodge decide that the time has come to form a fully autonomous Grand Lodge on Mars, and you are to become its first Grand Master as well has having very nearly complete freedom in drafting its Grand Constitutions.
What priorities would guide your shaping of this new Grand Lodge, and what would you do in creating that Grand Lodge that would differ from those that came before it?"
Bro. Bryan Godwin joins us to discuss what the Copiale Manuscript is and what implications it has for the Masonic timeline
Bro Bryan Godwin: https://freemasonlifestyle.com/ https://www.facebook.com/brobryan.godwin.5 https://www.instagram.com/freemasonlifestyle/
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We discuss the (recently released in the USA) show "Inside the Freemasons" from the UGLE. Now on Netflix.
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For the rant, Bro. David Riley talks about the unexpected hiatus and how Masons came to him in his time of need.
Bro. Ryan Flynn talks about the fine arts of Freemasonry and his beautiful works of art.
Ryan can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/RyanJFlynnArtist/
While in Guthrie, Oklahoma for the Scottish Rite Reunion Weekend I had a chance to sit down with Worshipful Jeriel Smith to talk about their lodge and the monthly print that I believe should be in every Mason's mailbox.
Thank you Bro. Taylor of the podcast www.facebook.com/frontporchmasonic for joining as well!
More info can be found here: https://www.theresearchlodge.com/
(sorry for the audio. The Library was the only quiet place we could find!)
We discuss the history and differences between York Rite and Scottish Rite, and which one you should join first.
David shares wisdom for first time Worshipful Masters and we bounce ideas that we've seen work from our years in the Craft through many lodges around the world.
ELI5: How to pick a lodge? How to change lodges?
We discuss how to pick a lodge, how to change lodges, and what to look for.
ELI5: Lucinda Pendleton Morgan Harris (Smith?), wife of William Morgan of the Morgan Affair.
The first video in our series of SHORT videos, ELI5 style (explain like I'm 5 yrs old) on various subjects with the goal of bringing all non-masons, EA, FC, and MM "up to speed".
Wor. David Riley & Bro. Nicholas Harvey discuss Robert's Rules of Order ( http://amzn.to/2BBOq8U ) and "..parliamentary procedure for parliamentarians and anyone involved in an organization, association, club, or group and the authoritative guide to smooth, orderly, and fairly conducted meetings and assemblies."
David's rant can be found here: http://threedistinctknocks.org/order-and-harmony/
Harlan, Bruce, Tony, and J from the After Lodge Podcast join us to talk about the importance of the "after lodge experience"
Bro. Ernesto Fernandez from Amicable Lodge in Cambridge, MA, joins us to talk about:
His role as Treasurer Head of the Campaign for the Cambridge Masonic Temple How they raised $28,000 in three months
Find out more here:
Wor. David Riley gives an introduction to Kabbalah and Freemasonry. Thank to the Brother & friend who suggested the idea to us!
David Riley talks about Masonic Morality, trolleyology, utilitarianism, deontological ethics, etc.
Wor. David Riley speaks about the Campaign.
Bro. Sam Mallikarjunan, an Executive Strategist at HubSpot and Harvard professor teaching Advanced Digital Marketing joins us to talk about first impressions, websites, facebook pages, SEO, and how you advertise and market a business is very similar with how you market and advertise both your lodge and Freemasonry.
Wor. Baruti KMT-Sisouvong joins us to talk about his dissertation and the results of his survey on the mystical experiences in Freemasonry. Wor. David Riley's rant can be found here: http://bit.ly/2va0s2t Baruti's social media pages are:
www.instagram.com/baruti/ www.twitter.com/baruti www.facebook.com/baruti
PSA: Do not listen while operating any heavy machinery. May cause a meditative state or a shift in consciousness
Only listen in a safe area in your own home.
In this episode Bro. Chuck Dunning guides us through a meditation.
In this episode Bro. Chuck Dunning speaks about his book "Contemplative Masonry: Basic Applications of Mindfulness, Meditation, and Imagery for the Craft", available here: http://amzn.to/2qktrPt
We also speak about "The Cloud of Unknowing", available here: http://amzn.to/2uwKlx7
Bro. David Riley's rant can be found here: http://bit.ly/2uudkmF
Bro. Jason Mitchell joins us to speak on where the education process begins for a prospective candidate and how to set them down the right path, his insane amount of titles, why Manly P Hall isn't a good recommendation, and where to learn about the "real world history" of Freemasonry.
On this Episode with interview three Worshipful Brothers to get their experience and advice for someone looking to enrich their lodge or prepare for their time in the East.
Wor. Ted Graham and Bro. Micah Fox join us to discuss religious tolerance in Freemasonry with their experience as a Sufi Muslim and a Jew.
The paper can be found here: http://threedistinctknocks.org/religious-tolerance-wor-david-riley/
Bro. Jason E. Marshall joins us on Episode 3 of 3DK to discuss his book, "The Path: Using the Religions of the World as a Guide to Personal and Spiritual Development"
Amazon link: http://amzn.to/2rU4iew
The article featured can be found at: http://threedistinctknocks.org/paths-by-wor-bro-david-riley/
YouTube video: https://youtu.be/Ydv6NQVgF1U