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How do I join

This article will help guide would-be members of the public in beginning their journey into Freemasonry. This is a journey of a lifetime for anyone considering undertaking the oaths, rituals and experiences that define Freemasonry.

Pause and Think: Why Am I Considering This?

As an individual, you will need to think long and hard about the reasons you are joining. They will be unique. There are hundreds of thousands of Freemasons’ and their reason for joining is just as unique as your own. It could be a need for friendship, camaraderie or comradeship that drives you. It could be a personal need to help others within your community. Or it could be a personal vocational reason based on the desire for a purposeful hobby that can help provide self-taught purpose and value. Whatever the reason, you need to be sure the Freemason experience will ‘fit in’ to your lifestyle and life choices?

Am I Eligible?

The eligibility criteria is simple. If you are a man, aged over 21, you may join any lodge regardless of your ethnic group, political views, economic standing or religious beliefs. However, on the point of religious beliefs, you need to believe in a supreme being. Therefore, if you do not believe in a supreme being there could be problematic issues with membership and incompatibility between your values and the Masonic values.

If you are under 21, you may join one of 73 (and growing) University Scheme Lodges that UGLE have helped to oversee in England and Wales.

How Do I Join?

You have considered how Freemasonry will connect with your own unique lifestyle, you have matched the key demands of the eligibility criteria and now want to take the next step and join. There are two ways in which you can do this. First you can talk to a Mason and they can help discuss your options. If you do not know a Mason, you can approach either a local lodge (or a specialist lodge that shares your interests) and get in touch regarding membership – there are 7,000 Lodges across England and Wales.

The United Grand Lodge of England have a helpful form, available here, if you would like to find out more about becoming a freemason.