Dialogue should be an important component of lodge life. Without it, your lodge may have problems making decisions, creating and following through with events, elections, and floor work. Dialogue is using conversation to gain insight into other people’s lives and beliefs. Thinking creatively with other people is the strength dialogue offers us in lodge. Dialogue […]Read More Dialogue Should be an important part of Lodge life
Here’s a list of “cool guides” for various topics you might find interesting. I can’t vouch for all the information, so use your own best judgement. SUB GENRES OF CYBERPUNK: Scott Moye is an award-winning history educator and author of the book Think Like An Odd Fellow, Wisdom and Self-Improvement In 21st Century Odd Fellowship […]Read More 16 COOL GUIDES FOR ODD FELLOWS
The scourge of a pandemic is a lesson none of us will ever forget. How it affects life in our lodges remains to be seen. But in the midst of all this, there are lodges still being formed–the allure of Odd Fellowship is persistent even through a deadly pandemic. I conducted research online searching the […]Read More Preparing Your Lodge for Life After Covid-19
The book title is Think Like an Odd Fellow, Wisdom and Self-Improvement in 21st Century Odd Fellowship. You can find it on Amazon, but here’s a quick link: Below I’ll detail more about what’s in the book, but first I wanted to discuss 3 reasons I chose to write one. First, I’ve had dozens of […]Read More So, I Wrote A Book…
THE GOLDEN RULE The Golden Rule dates from at least the Confucious times (550-479 BCE), and can be phrased a few different ways: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Treat others as you would like others to treat you. Do not treat others in a way that you would not […]Read More IN THESE TROUBLED TIMES: A lesson in the Golden Rule
“I used to care a lot about my work, but I don’t care as much as I used to.” “I feel like my mind has gotten bored and I’m not learning anything new.” Sometimes in life we become stuck, our jobs seem dull or maybe we feel like we’ve stopped mentally progressing. But, by stepping […]Read More Your job, Volunteering, and the Halo Effect
Should Odd Fellowship consider starting Virtual Lodges using online video conferencing? A Virtual Lodge is a lodge that meets exclusively online using a video conferencing platform. These platforms, used worldwide by business, governments, and other organizations, allow people to check into a virtual room with other people to conduct their business. When I was first […]Read More Is It Time For An Online Virtual Lodge?
Matisyahu, Tim McGraw, Drake, Michael Franti, singers from the musical Rent, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Rage Against the Machine, Queen, Luminaries, Black Eyed Peas, Craig Morgan, White Stripes, Aretha Franklin, Bo Diddley, Swedish House Mafia, Bob Dylan. OK folks, these are music videos that can get you thinking about being an Odd Fellow. Some are […]Read More 17 Songs That Make You Think About Odd Fellowship
First, the link below should bring up a diagram of a lodge of Patriotic Odd Fellows in 1797: Patriotic Order of Odd Fellows Lodge Layout The documentation I used to support the making of this diagram is the description of the lodge found in the 1797 ritual book. In looking at the diagram of the […]Read More Diagram of the 1797 Lodge Layout of the Patriotic Order of Odd Fellows
What if the story of the Good Samaritan is about YOU and your personal suffering? Taken as a whole, The Good Samaritan story can be about your own “inner suffering.” Those nights you are alone and cry yourself to sleep. Your anguish at not being able to achieve your goals, or that nagging addiction part […]Read More Following Yourself On The Jericho Road
CONSIDER THE POOR. (Adapted and edited for the 21st century reader from The Symbol and Odd Fellows Magazine, 1845. I used 19th/early 20th century photos and drawings to keep with the tone of the article) We call the attention of our readers to the following excerpt, from a report, made by the Episcopal city missionary, Bro. […]Read More CONSIDER THE POOR, 1845.
As we are called to relieve people who are in distress, we need to understand how certain discriminatory laws contribute to making life harder for others and creates problems beyond their control, especially if one is poor. It is very common for such laws to create inequality even today in 21st century societies. Following is […]Read More DISCRIMINATION AND RELIEVING THE POOR