If the first degree of symbolic Masonry discusses and identifies the tenets, values, ethics and morals of a Freemason, then surely the second degree speaks to the importance of education and identifies academic topics of intellectual concern in the successful relationships of men and in particular of Freemasons as they provide an opportunity and experience for "making good men better."
Such is the nature of our name. We openly declare that we focus our efforts completely on the Masonic education of our members through the cultivation of curious and reception minds.
--written by Most Worshipful Brother Jack L. Allen, Past Grand Master of Ohio and originator of our Lodge's name
We dedicate our efforts completely to the Masonic education and moral advancement of our members.
In our travels, we have found that the realm of Masonic education is as boundless as human experience and that commitment to the principles of Freemasonry leads to enlightenment and personal moral advancement. Consequently, an essential requirement of membership is the cultivation of a curious and receptive mind.
We care for and instruct our initiates, converse with and challenge ourselves, appreciate and respect our elders. While recognizing these distinctions, within our lodge all but the Master are addressed as “Brother,” and all stand upon the level.
As a lodge we are but one among equals. We carry the same charter, work the same ritual, practice the same principles. We strive for excellence in all we do. Our primary purpose is to create Freemasonry within the lodge and practice it without.
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The G&GSC met for almost two years, varying its location from place to place, but always meeting in the private dining rooms of the several English, Irish, and Scottish pubs in the Greater Columbus area.
Though the sense of brotherhood that developed from these convivial meetings was strong, an even stronger desire grew among the members to form a regular Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons. However, they believed that the conviviality of dining together before the meetings could be maintained, and the "work" of the Lodge could be dedicated to discussion and education, in addition to the initiation of candidates.
In accordance with the rules of the Grand Lodge of Ohio, a petition to form a new Lodge was signed by 22 Master Masons and forwarded to the 25 Lodges in the Greater Columbus area for their consideration. After having received the approval of the required 3/4 majority of the Lodges, the petition was forwarded on to the Grand Lodge of Ohio.
As his first act as Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Terry W. Posey signed a dispensation on October 17, 2009 to form Arts & Sciences Lodge, allowing it to meet at the Hall of Avery Lodge in Hilliard, Ohio on the third and fifth Thursdays of a month. He signed the charter for Arts & Sciences Lodge No. 792 on October 16, 2010 as his last act as Grand Master.
Most Worshipful Brother Bradford A. Goebel and the Officers of the Grand Lodge of Ohio constituted Arts & Sciences Lodge No. 792 in due form and with proper ceremony on October 30, 2010 at 2:30 pm. Immediately thereafter, Past Grand Master Posey installed the new lodge officers.
As regular and duly constituted Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons, Arts & Sciences Lodge No. 792 works to fulfill its goal of being a Lodge that is relevant in the lives of its members and whose members strive to practice outside the walls of their Lodge that which they have learned within it.