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Toronto Society for Masonic Research
Statement of Principles

1. NAME, ORIGIN, EARLY HISTORY.

In 1920 four (of 150) National Masonic Research Society members met to form the Toronto Lodge of Masonic Research. In 1922 this became the Toronto Society for Masonic Research (TSMR). From the start, the TSMR has valued philosophy and intellect rather than ostentation, personal promotion, and official recognition. Our logo is a Lamp of Learning over "Lucem Habeamus" inscribed on a ribbon. The term "Masonic" describes our subject matter, not our membership or "brand".

2. NATURE, AIMS, VALUES, RELATIONS, SCOPE.

The TSMR is an autonomous association of Individuals, committed to the Freedoms of Conscience, Association, Communication, and Enquiry, who wish to nurture Learning, Knowledge, and Understanding of Freemasonry through research.

We value the dignity of others, and strive never to belittle, aggrandize, or shame anyone by our conduct or our attitudes. We value personal integrity, inclusiveness and diversity, and we reject ostentation, coercion, rankism, egotism, dogmatism, fanaticism, willful ignorance, and all forms of prejudice.

3. MEMBERSHIP

The sole membership qualification is a strong commitment to these Principles. Membership is not a bought privilege, but a commitment to serve Humanity. Members will have a positive attitude toward universal freemasonry. Members will submit a brief written report on their Masonic Research annually.

4. GOVERNANCE

We are committed to truth, fairness, openness, transparency, and accountability. We value dialogue over debate; we seek consensus, with good will and respect.

A TSMR official who becomes aware of a possible Conflict Of Interest must refrain from acting in the matter, and must disclose it promptly to the TSMR.

We think a Masonic Research society should be governed by Masonic Researchers.



Any part of any Bylaws that contradicts anything in these Principles is void. We will create a Procedures document to supersede entirely our previous Bylaws.

Adopted unanimously, 2007-01-14