32nd Degree Scottish Rite Freemasonry, NMJ

32nd Degree Scottish Rite Freemasonry, NMJ The 32° Scottish Rite Freemasonry, NMJ is a fraternity committed to going deeper into the highest principles and teachings of Masonry. It is open to all Master Masons looking to continue the journey of self-discovery and find a greater sense of purpose.
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Did you attend this week's Thursday Night at the Rite? We'd love to know what you thought of our first virtual gathering...
01/10/2021

Did you attend this week's Thursday Night at the Rite? We'd love to know what you thought of our first virtual gathering of the new year!

As we look back on the past year, we continue to be inspired by the generosity of our brethren and the devoted work of o...
01/09/2021
Even a Pandemic Didn’t Stop Your Generosity

As we look back on the past year, we continue to be inspired by the generosity of our brethren and the devoted work of our Scottish Rite charities.

Reflect on all that we accomplished together in 2020 by reading our 2020 Impact Report: https://srnmj.us/2020-impact

In the midst of a global pandemic and some unimaginable changes that turned our world upside down, you did not miss a beat in helping to support our Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction charities. This year’s Impact Report centered on one main theme: Because of You.

A simple joke meant for fellow Masons or an attempt to expose Masonic secrets? The painting, Riding the Goat, by Cassius...
01/07/2021
Freemasonry Inspired Art: The Masonic Meaning of ‘Riding the Goat’

A simple joke meant for fellow Masons or an attempt to expose Masonic secrets?

The painting, Riding the Goat, by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge has led to many discussions between Brothers for over one hundred years. In our newest blog, we examine the history and content of the painting to try and understand the controversy. Read it here: http://srnmj.us/riding-the-goat

Is the famous painting by Cassius Coolidge’s a simple joke between Brothers or does it reveal the secrets of an important Masonic ritual?

This evening, Thursday Night at the Rite returns! Join brethren from across the jurisdiction as we witness the rarely pr...
01/07/2021

This evening, Thursday Night at the Rite returns! Join brethren from across the jurisdiction as we witness the rarely presented 10° together online. Don't miss out on this special Masonic experience tonight featuring a live ""radio broadcast"" of a dramatic reading from Maxwell Auditorium at Supreme Council Headquarters. Tune in at 8 PM EST here: http://srnmj.us/thursday-night-at-rite

Brethren, are you following The Northern Light on Facebook? Check them out and help us kick off 2021 on a high note by t...
01/06/2021

Brethren, are you following The Northern Light on Facebook? Check them out and help us kick off 2021 on a high note by taking part in the #LiteTheRite campaign!

Share your favorite memory or moment from 2020 on the TNL page and spread positivity and light throughout the Scottish Rite - you just might be featured, too!

2020 was a challenging year, filled with hardship and strife. But, 2021 is a new dawn and with it a fresh start! That’s why to start the new year we are asking you to help us #LightTheRite. Let’s flood social media with positivity by sharing the moments of happiness, gratitude, or enlightenment you experienced in the past year that have you looking forward to 2021.

Tell us your shining moments from 2020 with the hashtag #LiteTheRite, and we’ll feature some of your great moments right here!

As Freemasons, we are on a continuous quest for more light. In the spirit of the new year and our core values of creatin...
01/06/2021

As Freemasons, we are on a continuous quest for more light. In the spirit of the new year and our core values of creating better men, in a better world, tell us: what is your new year's resolution?

Share your 2021 resolutions below - we'll share a select few on our social channels throughout the month!

Brethren, your next chance to enroll in our rigorous Hauts Grades Academy program is fast approaching. Join the waitlist...
01/05/2021

Brethren, your next chance to enroll in our rigorous Hauts Grades Academy program is fast approaching. Join the waitlist before our next class opens on January 13 for a chance to take part in our signature educational program, exploring each of the degrees in depth alongside expert Masonic instructors. Learn more and sign up: https://srnmj.us/HGA

Thursday Night at the Rite Season 2 kicks off this Thursday (1/7) at 8 PM EST. You don't want to miss the the rarely pre...
01/05/2021

Thursday Night at the Rite Season 2 kicks off this Thursday (1/7) at 8 PM EST. You don't want to miss the the rarely presented 10°, Master Elect, coming to you in a dramatic reading format from Supreme Council headquarters. https://srnmj.us/TNR

To watch the degree and participate in the live discussion following, you must have an account in the member center. It's how we keep the degree secure and assure it is a member-only event. If have not set up an account already, visit the member center online at our website. It's easy, and here's a handy guide to walk you through the steps: https://issuu.com/srnmj/docs/nmj_member_center_account_creation

Are you seeking new ways to give back this year? In honor of National Mentoring Month, we urge you to consider donating ...
01/05/2021
Masonic Youth Organizations

Are you seeking new ways to give back this year? In honor of National Mentoring Month, we urge you to consider donating your time to one of the fantastic Masonic youth groups, such as @DeMolay International or the @Order of the Rainbow for Girls. By becoming an advisor for one of these groups, you can make a profound impact on the young people in your community while continuing to foster Freemasonry’s core values. Visit our recent blog to learn more: https://srnmj.us/masonic-youth-groups

Have you served as an advisor for one of these youth groups before? Share your experience with us in the comments below!

Freemasonry's mission of creating a better world begins not at the lodge, but at our Masonic youth groups: DeMolay, Job's Daughters, and Rainbow Girls.

In 1965, George A. Newbury became Sovereign Grand Commander and set upon a path that would be transformational for Scott...
01/04/2021
Cornerstone Society

In 1965, George A. Newbury became Sovereign Grand Commander and set upon a path that would be transformational for Scottish Rite in the NMJ. Today, our charitable George A. Newbury Cornerstone Society bears his name in honor of all he did for our fraternity. While few have left their mark on our brotherhood the way Commander Newbury did, we all do our part to leave Freemasonry and our communities better for the next generation.

If you are interested in joining the Cornerstone Society, we encourage you to contact our Charities department to plan your giving. By making a planned gift to one of our charitable endeavors, you are sustaining this live-changing work while also providing financial and tax benefits for you and your family. Learn more here: https://srnmj.us/cornerstone-society

Named after one of our fraternity's greatest builders, the George A. Newbury Cornerstone Society recognizes those who have made an investment in Scottish Rite Charities through Planned Giving.

Members: At long last, Thursday Night at the Rite returns!Join us this Thursday, January 7 at 8 PM EST to witness the ra...
01/02/2021
Thursday Night at the Rite | Scottish Rite Northern Masonic Jurisdiction

Members: At long last, Thursday Night at the Rite returns!

Join us this Thursday, January 7 at 8 PM EST to witness the rarely presented 10°, Master Elect. NEW to this week's member-exclusive event, the degree will be staged as an old-time "radio broadcast" dramatic reading from Supreme Council headquarters. Learn more: http://srnmj.us/thursday-night-at-rite

Will we see you there? RSVP by commenting below and share with brethren what degree you're hoping to witness this season!

Happy New Year to all our Masonic brethren! Here’s to another year in service to our communities, our loved ones, and th...
01/01/2021

Happy New Year to all our Masonic brethren! Here’s to another year in service to our communities, our loved ones, and this great fraternity that we all cherish. May we go forth into 2021 ready to promote the dignity of every person through all our actions, no matter how great or small.

What are you most looking forward to in the year ahead?

12/31/2020
Happy New Year from the Scottish Rite

As 2020 comes to an end, we want to say thank you to our entire Scottish Rite family. We look back with full hearts at all we have accomplished this year and look forward to next year knowing our commitment to the highest principles, teachings, and ideals of our core values is stronger than ever. We can’t wait to see what next year brings! Happy New Year to all!

Are you ready for the season two premiere of Thursday Night at the Rite? Make sure you’re able to access our member-excl...
12/30/2020
Member Center - Account Registration

Are you ready for the season two premiere of Thursday Night at the Rite? Make sure you’re able to access our member-exclusive degree presentations by setting up your account at our Member Center if you haven’t yet done so. You’ll need to have a Member Center account to participate in our degree showings. This is how Supreme Council ensures the degrees are kept secure and available exclusively to members. Need help? Check out our quick-start guide to the member center: https://issuu.com/srnmj/docs/nmj_member_center_account_creation

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While the twists and turns of 2020 have left many missing their day-to-day normalcy, our fraternity has much to be proud...
12/30/2020
A Letter From the Commander

While the twists and turns of 2020 have left many missing their day-to-day normalcy, our fraternity has much to be proud of and grateful for this year. Sovereign Grand Commander David A. Glattly reflects on the year in a letter for Brothers, available at our blog: http://srnmj.us/letter-from-commander

If there’s one thing we can all agree to this year, it’s that 2020 has been quite a journey. While the pandemic temporarily shuttered Supreme Council’s and many Valleys’ doors, we didn’t let that stop us from moving forward, leading our brethren and communities with remarkable generosity, ...

Know a man who would uphold the core values of our Craft with honor and integrity? Encourage him to learn more our about...
12/29/2020

Know a man who would uphold the core values of our Craft with honor and integrity? Encourage him to learn more our about our fraternity and why we are supremely proud to call ourselves Freemasons at our Be A Freemason website: https://srnmj.us/join-freemasonry

What are you doing January 7, 2021? Join us at the season two premiere of Thursday Night at the Rite! Our member-favorit...
12/29/2020
Thursday Night at the Rite | Scottish Rite Northern Masonic Jurisdiction

What are you doing January 7, 2021? Join us at the season two premiere of Thursday Night at the Rite!

Our member-favorite virtual series will kick off its return with a viewing of the 10°, Master Elect – but with a twist! Tune in at 8 PM EST on January 7th to witness a dramatic, “radio broadcast” style reading of the degree from Supreme Council headquarters. Learn more: https://srnmj.us/TNR

Service is at the core of all we do as 32° Scottish Rite Freemasons. Our awards and medals are bestowed on distinguished...
12/28/2020

Service is at the core of all we do as 32° Scottish Rite Freemasons. Our awards and medals are bestowed on distinguished brethren who have gone above and beyond in their service to Freemasonry, country, and humanity. You can learn more about these special honors and their recipients here: https://srnmj.us/SRNMJ-awards

At home with the family this holiday weekend? Take a (virtual) tour of some of Freemasonry's greatest public institution...
12/26/2020
Virtual Masonic Exhibits to Explore

At home with the family this holiday weekend? Take a (virtual) tour of some of Freemasonry's greatest public institutions. We share some of our favorite Masonic virtual experiences on the blog: https://srnmj.us/virtual-masonic-exhibits

Master Masons need not travel far to expand their knowledge of the craft and experience Freemasonry in a brand new way with these virtual exhibits.

For all our Scottish Rite brethren celebrating today, we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas! We are humbled...
12/25/2020

For all our Scottish Rite brethren celebrating today, we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas! We are humbled and grateful for all those who support our community. We wish you all the best now and in the coming year.

Have you ever been asked what the letter “G” means when it comes to Freemasonry? It is commonly seen on the side of lodg...
12/23/2020
The Meaning Behind the Masonic Letter “G”

Have you ever been asked what the letter “G” means when it comes to Freemasonry? It is commonly seen on the side of lodges or engraved on a Masonic ring, and often grouped with the square and compass. But what is the greater meaning of this figure in the context of our fraternity? Enjoy our newest blog to learn more about its significance and history: http://srnmj.us/history-masonicG

For a new student of Freemasonry, embarking on an expedition into the symbolism and history of the brotherhood can be one of endless reward and wonder. The fraternity’s teachings are rich, its philosophies multifaceted, with a plethora of symbols that are vital to unlocking Masonry’s complexity....

For all you Scottish Rite Brothers who recently joined through one of our Virtual Reunions, make sure you take advantage...
12/23/2020
How to Use the Member Center

For all you Scottish Rite Brothers who recently joined through one of our Virtual Reunions, make sure you take advantage of our online member center. Filled with activities, articles, resources and much more, you can continue your Masonic journey and explore our philosophies from home.

Need some help getting started? This blog provides a few useful tips: https://srnmj.us/exploremembercenter

If you are a new Brother already using the member center, what is your favorite part?

With our updated Member Center you’ll find that, in and outside the Valley, there’s great joy and treasures to be found in belonging to the Scottish Rite.

A very happy birthday to Ill. Sam Williamson, 33°. Ill. Brother Williamson is a Medal of Honor recipient, a RW Past Gran...
12/22/2020

A very happy birthday to Ill. Sam Williamson, 33°. Ill. Brother Williamson is a Medal of Honor recipient, a RW Past Grand Master of Pennsylvania, past Commander in Chief of the Valley of Pittsburgh, and much more!

Let's all send Sam a happy and hearty happy 94th Birthday!

Portrait by Travis Simpkins.

Did you hear the news? Earlier this fall, we announced the Valley of Excellence program, a special recognition designed ...
12/22/2020
Supreme Council Introduces New Valley of Excellence Program

Did you hear the news? Earlier this fall, we announced the Valley of Excellence program, a special recognition designed to reward Valleys in the Scottish Rite, NMJ who go above and beyond in their endeavors. With a focus on membership, philanthropy, leadership, and operations, the program is meant to encourage Valleys to deliver a premier Scottish Rite experience. Read more about the program at our blog: https://srnmj.us/valleyofexcellence

Is your Valley aiming for excellence this year? Let us know in the comments!

Supreme Council’s Strategic Planning/State of the Rite Committee is pleased to announce the launch of The Valley of Excellence Program, a special award designed to recognize Valleys in the Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction who go above and beyond in their endeavors. With focuses on area...

Few institutions on earth boast a more impressive collection of Masonic artifacts than the Scottish Rite Museum and Libr...
12/21/2020
An Engraved Masonic Jewel from Ireland

Few institutions on earth boast a more impressive collection of Masonic artifacts than the Scottish Rite Museum and Library. Dedicated to preserving Masonic history, there are countless artifacts and stories to uncover in its collections and archives. Just recently, the SRMML posted a blog examining an engraved Masonic jewel from the late 18th century that may have come from a jeweler in Dublin, Ireland. Enjoy this little piece of Masonic history here: https://bit.ly/2W7S0Ao

Masonic Jewel, 1790-1820. Possibly Ireland. Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts, GL2004.4591. Last month we posted about the frontispiece to David Vinton’s The Masonick Minstrel: A Selection of Masonick, Sentimental, and Humorous Duets, Glees, Canons, Rounds and Canzonets and how...

Fariba Houman moved to the United States from Iran when she was just 19. Settling in Boston with few acquaintances in th...
12/19/2020
A Lifelong Connection Through the Scottish Rite

Fariba Houman moved to the United States from Iran when she was just 19. Settling in Boston with few acquaintances in the area, her parents encouraged her to connect with Ill. Sidney Baxter, 33°, and his wife Mona, who they knew through Freemasonry.

In this touching story, Fariba recounts how the Baxters gave her support at a time when she needed it most, fostering a connection that would last a lifetime. Find her full piece on our blog: https://srnmj.us/lifelong-connection

Fariba Houman tells a story about a lifelong connection with Brother Sidney Baxter, 33° and his wife Mona, started through Freemasonry and the Scottish Rite.

Coming January 7th: Season 2 of Thursday Night at the Rite! Our member-favorite virtual event is returning in less than ...
12/18/2020
Thursday Night at the Rite | Scottish Rite Northern Masonic Jurisdiction

Coming January 7th: Season 2 of Thursday Night at the Rite!

Our member-favorite virtual event is returning in less than a month! Join us bi-weekly online to watch special degree presentations and engage in Masonic discussion with brethren from all across the jurisdiction. Season two brings you live degree presentations, live discussions, and degrees to help you fill your passport. The season premieres with the rarely presented 10°: Master Elect!

Click here to learn more: https://srnmj.us/TNR

The history of Freemasonry is rich with accomplished Brothers, including many famous athletes. From the Chicago Bulls’ S...
12/17/2020
Sporting Gold Pt. II: More Masonic Athletes

The history of Freemasonry is rich with accomplished Brothers, including many famous athletes. From the Chicago Bulls’ Scottie Pippen to shortstop MVP Honus Wagner, learn about the esteemed Masonic athletes of past and present on our blog: https://srnmj.us/masonic-athletes

As one of the oldest fraternal organizations in the world, Freemasons have time and time again left their mark on history. From politics and entertainment to medicine and space, Brothers have climbed the ranks of all areas of our past and modern world - including sports. Continuing on our Sporting G...

What is it like to enroll in our Hauts Grades Academy? Here is what graduate, Brother Larry D. Horath, 32°, HGA had to s...
12/16/2020

What is it like to enroll in our Hauts Grades Academy? Here is what graduate, Brother Larry D. Horath, 32°, HGA had to say of the program:

"The HGA program provided me the opportunity to increase my knowledge and understanding of the Scottish Rite degrees while further providing the opportunity to share my views and opinions on what these mean to me as a man and as a Mason. Further, HGA provided me the chance to develop a deeper meaning and understanding of Scottish Rite degrees and the entire experience of becoming a Scottish Rite Mason."

Want to hear more about the HGA experience? Visit our graduates page for more testimonies from other Scottish Rite brethren: https://srnmj.us/HGA-Graduates

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