to the Praxis Lodge, located in Boise, Idaho, USA!
Lodge is affiliated with and a triangle lodge of the George
Washington Union, a contemporary, and mixed-gender order of
Freemasonry in North America that is in amity (via treaty) with
the Grand Orient of France and has existed in North America since
the mid 1970s.
the year 1976 several American and French Freemasons were meeting
in New York anticipating celebrating together the 200th anniversary
of American Independence Day on July 4th. The French Freemasons
were members of New Yorks Lodge LAtlantide which, since
1900, had been working under a charter from the Grand Orient de
France. Later that same year, on December 10, 1976 it was decided
to create an American progressive Lodge in New York which could
be the nucleus of a future North American body of Masonic lodges,
working under the concept of absolute freedom of conscience.
newly established Lodge, under the distinctive title George
Washington No. 1, received its Charter from the Grand Orient
de France in accord with a covenant signed in August 1977 and ratified
by the General Assembly of the Grand Orient de France in September,
1978. In 1979 this lodge joined the Centre de Liaison et d'Information
des Puissances maçonniques Signataires de l'Appel de Strasbourg
(CLIPSAS) in order to affirm a traditional, yet progressive, and
liberal style of Freemasonry not only within the United States,
2001 several traditional lodges had been formed in North America.
It was deemed appropriate in 2002 that the Grand Orient de France
officially recognize and collaborate with the George Washington
Union as a separate Grand Orient operating in North America with
the ability to charter lodges. In 2005 the George Washington Union
signed a treaty of friendship and cooperation with the Grande Loge
Féminine de France.
with maintaining cooperative treaties with the Grand Orient de France
and Grande Loge Féminine de France the George Washington
Union maintains friendly relationships with some thirty Grand Lodges
in twenty-two countries spread over four continents.
motto of much of progressive, liberal and traditional Freemasonry
in continental Europe, and worldwide, since the nineteenth-century
has been: LIBERTY EQUALITY FRATERNITY
additional motto of the George Washington Union of North America
and Praxis Lodge in the new millennium is: HARMONY UNITY
George Washington Union and Praxis Lodge welcomes individuals of
good will and high values who are committed to a quest for spiritual
progressthe "Know Thyself" of the philosopher Socrateswhile
working toward the progress of humanity.
addition, Praxis Lodge promotes education of any topic that pertains
to several of its key principles and values, which include but are
not limited to Masonic history and symbolism, the Age of Enlightenment,
science, natural philosophy, ethics, environmental studies, logic,
all, Praxis Lodge, as well as George Washington Union, defends the
principle of absolute freedom of conscience in matters of religion
and spirituality. This implies freedom of the mind and liberation
in regard to all dogmas; the right to believe or not to believe
in the existence of God, a Supreme Being, or any form of deity;
and autonomy of thought concerning religious, political, and economical
constraints. For this reason, and based on this fundamental human
right, Praxis Lodge, as a secular lodge of Freemasonry, does not
require that its members hold or declare any theological, metaphysical,
or religious beliefs or dogma, such as the existence of God or gods,
the immortality of the soul, etc.