The United Supreme Council – An introduction to Who We Are
The United Supreme Council of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite for the 33° of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction, Prince Hall Affiliated, cordially invites you to continue your Masonic Journey with us!!!
We realize there are numerous questions concerning leadership, organization and purpose. We are committed to transparency and every question demands an answer. After reviewing this pamphlet, if there are additional questions, please forward them to the New and Progressive United Supreme Council via email address email@example.com.
WHO ARE WE?
We are the United Supreme Council of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite for the 33° of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction, Prince Hall Affiliated. We are headquartered and incorporated in the District of Columbia. We term ourselves ‘New and Progressive’ because of our organization, structure, mode of operation which includes voice and vote for Grand Inspector General’s in all general sessions.
WHY DO WE EXIST?
The actions and legal proceedings of the United Supreme Council, Tennessee, present an atmosphere where affiliation with this organization negatively impacts the personal and professional components of members. Scottish Rite Masons are men of prominence; Congressmen, Government Officials, Judicial Appointees, Law Enforcement Professionals, Military Officials and national, state and local appointed and elected leaders.
WHAT MAKES THE NEW AND PROGRESSIVE UNITED SUPREME COUNCIL DIFFERENT?
The United Supreme Council of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite for the 33° of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction, Prince Hall Affiliated organizational structure provides for efficient and effective operational processes and procedures which are inclusive, independent, transparent and synchronized to prevent waste, fraud and abuse.
HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER?
There are two ways to become a member of the New and Progressive United Supreme Council. The individual Scottish Rite Mason can affiliate, or a Scottish Rite Organization can affiliate. When individuals join, the Deputy for the Orient has to analyze the data and identify the geographic locations of the members. Based on this information, Scottish Rite organizations will be chartered when the prerequisites are met. When an organization joins, they shall copy their USC-TN charters, send the originals to TN, keep one copy for their historical records and send one copy to the USC-DC. The New and Progressive United Supreme Council shall issue new Scottish Rite charters.
RELATION TO BLUE LODGE MASONRY
The Scottish Rite is based upon Blue Lodge Masonry and in this country it does not confer the first three degrees. This is recognized as the unquestioned prerogative of the Grand Lodge. The Scottish Rite confers the degrees from the fourth to the thirty-third inclusive. They are not truly higher or advanced Degrees in any sense other than their numbering. Rather they reach into Symbolic Lodge teachings to clarify and inspire. Many questions raised by the Blue Lodge Masons, but left unanswered, are answered in the Scottish Rite. At all times it recognizes the supreme authority in Masonry of the Grand Lodge and the Grand Master. It teaches that there is no rank higher than that of Master Mason, and no Masonic symbol more significant than the Master’s Apron, but it elaborates and emphasizes the great principles enshrined in Craft Masonry.
When a Master Mason advances to the degrees of the Scottish Rite, it does not detract but adds to his interest in everything for which the Clue Lodge stands. It deepens his appreciation of it, and motivates him to more active participation in its affairs. The Scottish Rite aids, supplements and reinforces the Blue Lodge in every way. As organizations these bodies are mutually dependent and strengthen each other with reciprocity.
The Scottish Rite is a rite of enlightenment. Its purpose is to spread the light of Masonic truth by revealing and explaining matters concealed or only hinted at in Craft Masonry. Knowledge is power and the Scottish Rite seeks to arm its votaries with moral and spiritual understanding.
Every Scottish Rite member must maintain his good standing in his Symbolic Lodge or automatically forfeit his Scottish Rite membership.
THE SCOTTISH RITE AND INDIVIDUAL DECISIONS
Scottish Rite Freemasonry challenges no man’s political creed, leaving that to his country and himself; it does not interfere with any man’s religious opinion, leaving that a matter between his God and his conscience, and yet it does seek to impress by most sublime and beautiful lessons, enforced by the most profound reasoning the almighty power of truth, appealing to the highest and purest sentiments of the human soul for the enforcement of its principles. Ignorance, tyranny and fanaticism are its foes. Liberty, equality, and fraternity are its watch words.
WHY SHOULD I BECOME A SCOTTISH RITE MASON?
Although there is no higher degree than that of Master Mason, the 29 degrees of the Scottish Rite serve to enrich the philosophy of the Symbolic Lodge. A Master Mason who chooses to further his Masonic experience by becoming a 32° Scottish Rite Mason will be expanding upon the fundamental principles of Freemasonry. The moral and ethical lessons will allow him to be constantly reminded of his duty to God, family, country and fellow man.
To every Master Mason who is desirous of more light and a better understanding of Freemasonry, the Scottish Rite appeals, because:
- The Scottish Rite develops a greater love for God, humanity, and country.
- The Scottish Rite exemplifies and makes clear the truths and allegory of the Blue Lodge degrees.
- The Scottish Rite is an advanced and liberal education, not only in Masonry, but gives definition to all human history.
- The Scottish Rite presents a marvelous series of ritualistic degrees which will impart Masonic light to an extent you cannot possibly conceive as a Master Mason.
- The inner satisfaction that one gains from the exemplification and portrayal of the beautiful degrees creates a philosophy of life in one’s heart that is of lasting solace and comfort.