During these uncertain times, it makes sense to diversify and adapt – Internet Lodge No 9659 has been doing just that for some time.
Here we take a look at the Internet Lodge website and find out who they are, and what they do, in their own words.
Who are Internet Lodge No: 9659?
Internet Lodge 9659 is a regular lodge under the United Grand Lodge of England, being very special due to a wide diversity of languages and cultures.
From Europe to Australia and from Brazil to Japan our members enjoy the masonic knowledges and great friendship using the benefit of the modern communications technology.
You can read a great article about the lodge and what it involves here: https://internet.lodge.org.uk/index.php/whatisit
How do they meet?
They meet physically three times per year in various locations in England but between meetings much of their work is taking place on line, via their e-mail list and web site.
Members are in contact on a daily basis working to do projects together, to share their Masonic knowledge, to visit each other, to become involved in charity activities or just to spend quality friendship moments together.
A fourth meeting being a fraternal visit to a different country can be decided by the Worshipful Master.
Meeting locations are chosen every year by the incoming Worshipful Master as mentioned also in his Manifesto.
Future meetings can be found on this page: https://internet.lodge.org.uk/index.php/futuremeetingsil
Who can join Internet Lodge?
Applications for membership are welcomed from any Freemason who is a member of a Grand Lodge recognised by the United Grand Lodge of England.
To check if your Grand Lodge is recognised by UGLE Check their website here
UGLE permits dual or plural membership but a small minority of grand lodges do not.
It is YOUR responsibility to ensure that your grand lodge is not one of these.
Why should I join Internet Lodge?
Internet Lodge is your porchway or entrance to a unique experience in Freemasonry.
It has members in every continent who have the opportunity to correspond with each other on a daily basis via a closed mailing list.
But much more than this you share the experience of that special bond of friendship that exists between members of a Masonic Lodge united in the ideals of Freemasonry universal.
We rejoice in our International fellowship devoted to promoting the Crafts main precepts, Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth allied to our special and deeply held belief in freedom, justice and equality; in the peace and harmony that must come from tolerance and understanding, from respect for the culture and beliefs of our fellow creatures.
How do I apply?
As a result of the present coronavirus pandemic, we are experiencing a high volume of applications but all will be processed as quickly as possible.
New applicants however should not expect to be admitted to the lodge before March 2021 at the earliest.
A fuller description of the joining process is available for download: Joining Internet Lodge