The G-15 Terms of reference -- Summary:
To study current practice;
To consider the meaning of Freemasonry in society;
To conceive vision and strategy;
To find ways to close the gap between principle and practice.
The G-15 was established 2004-05-16, as part of the Grand Lodge Committee on Education, by the then Grand Master, Donald H. Mumby.
The G-15's mandate was communicated to the Grand Lodge in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 as follows:
In his 2005-07-22 GM's Address, MWB Donald H. Mumby said:
"As Masons you have shown considerable interest in our attempts to revitalize and make more meaningful Masonic Education. Concepts such as "Masonic Nights of the Round Table" have not only been heartily endorsed but have been the springboards from which lodges and districts have conducted many varied and interesting educational pursuits. The G-15 that started quite by accident and has resulted in 15 young, erudite and concerned Masons coming together to discuss the lacunae in the intellectual component of their Masonic lives, has resulted in our reconsidering and reconstructing the whole concept and approach we have taken towards Masonic Education. Education and learning are not only vital components in keeping our new members interested and active but they have been proven to be the number one antidote to apathy and disinterest."
In his 2005-07-22 Education Committee Report, RWB Ray Daniels said:
"In the Spring of 2004, a representative group of fifteen enthusiastic and energetic younger Masons, randomly selected from lodges across the Grand Jurisdiction, was brought together to share insights and ideas, to analyse and evaluate present practice, and to formulate strategies and suggest ways to improve the cogency of Masonic Education and enhance the utility of Freemasonry in general. The object of this exercise: to study present Reality and conceive a Vision for the future -- to learn from an analysis of NOW to realign a strategy for THEN, to determine how Masonic Education might enhance and secure the future of Freemasonry -- WHAT WE MIGHT BECOME. This enterprise has been under the benign superintendence of RWB Wayne Elgie an WB Iain Mackenzie. Several dynamic meetings and a lively exchange of e-mail correspondence have generated stimulating and forthright discussion of probing questions, fundamental to a comprehensive understanding of an heightened respect for our established usages and customs. Such re-examination of the potential impact and relevance of Freemasonry to life and learning in the twenty-first century by this group of keen intellectuals has been most edifying.
One conclusion on which all agree, "It's already in us ... we just need to bring it out!" resulted in a pilot project test marketed in Cambridge, Hamilton, Ottawa and Waterloo during March and April this year. Working in co-operation with the Worshipful Master of a selected lodge, members of the G-15 developed a topical presentation and initiated discussion of the questions that flowed from the points of view expressed by the brethren. The success of these initial outings gives ample proof that co-operation among lodges, sharing skill and ability and supporting each other in a common purpose, will greatly benefit all. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Members of the G-15 will be available during this Communication to share their idea with any brethren interested in organizing a Lodge of Discussion."
In his 2006-07-19 Education Committee Report, RWB Ray Daniels said:
"The latest issue (Volume 20, No.4) [of The Newsletter] features articles written by and about the G-15."
"The G-15, the group of enthusiastic and dynamic Masons mentored by RWB Wayne Elgie and WB Iain Mackenzie, continues to meet at regular intervals to consider and discuss seriously the real meaning of Masonry in the lives of men and its practical application to society in the 21st century. WB Steven MacDonald, P.M., Twin City Lodge No. 509, Kitchener, has acted as a liaison with the committee. Following the energetic presence of this group of "philosopher-gadflies", at last year's Annual Communication, the personal contacts made have resulted in widespread interest among younger members of the Craft. Representatives have organized and presented many sessions demonstrating a Lodge of Discussion. At the invitation of the Grand Master,representatives of the group made a presentation to the Masonic Leaders of Ontario meeting in May. During this Communication of Grand Lodge, the G-15 will present one of the Tuesday afternoon Workshops sponsored by the Workshops and Seminars Committee: "It's OK to ask WHY? in the Lodge." -- It's simple to hold a Lodge of Discussion in your lodge. The impact generated by the acute perception and penetrating insight of these keen, concerned, committed Masons is just beginning to be realized. We all stand to benefit greatly."
In his 2007-07-18 Education Committee Report, RWB Ray Daniels said:
"In the Spring of 2004 a group of younger Masons was brought together for the sole purpose of discussing the meaning of Masonry in the lives of men in the 21st century, to take our present bearings, to explore the fundamental ideas and ideals of the Craft, and to formulate a new perspective of the role Freemasonry might play in modern society. Why are young men joining the fraternity in increasing numbers at the present time? What are they looking for that may be missing in society that Freemasonry may be able to supply? How can we assist them in their quest?"
In his 2008-07-23 Education Committee Report, RWB David Cameron said:
"The G15, that think-tank of bright young Masons, had some turn-over as some of the elder members went on hiatus and some even younger and keener Masons joined the group. They adapted an Australian/Korean educational manual for Entered Apprentices for use in our Grand Jurisdiction and piloted this in a few lodges. They then launched a wider pilot at the Toronto East District Education Day. They continue to refine this and are now starting to work on the Fellowcraft Manual. They have also refined the Lodge of Discussion concept into the Salon Style Table Lodge, combining the intellectual benefits of discussion on a more intimate level with the social benefits of the festive board."
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