Our fraternal order has traditionally buried the dead. Even though we don’t do this to the extent we used to, we still conduct funeral ceremonies for our recently departed. I’ve also heard of a lodge somewhere that used to supply pall bearers simply out of respect for a deceased person who may have died alone […]Read More HOW WE “BURIED THE DEAD” IN 1880
I work at a museum and we frequently get calls about how to deal with working in old cemeteries and preserving and cleaning old headstones. And since our Order has cemeteries all over the country, an article about this topic may prove of interest. Before I go further, you should know I am not a […]Read More TIPS ON CLEANING OLD CEMETERY HEADSTONES
No cheating. See how well you do! In what century is it commonly believed that Odd Fellowship was founded? A) 19th, B) 16th, C) 17th, D) 18th Who was the Odd Fellow that was president during the Reconstruction period in the United States? A) Augustus Garland, B) US Grant, C) Abraham Lincoln, D) Thomas Jefferson Which […]Read More Take Our Odd Fellow’s Quiz!
Believed to be written during the Bubonic Plague or “Black Death” during the late 14th and early 15th century, this song reflects on some of the lessons in the Initiatory Degree. English Folk Singer Norma Waterson sets the song up and sings magnificently. The lyrics can be found below. Waterson:Carthy sings Death and the Lady As […]Read More Death and The Lady
James Montgomery may be a poet that influenced some of our ritual. He may have written some of it as well, but he is absolutely the author of the Odd Fellow’s song “Friendship, Love, and Truth.” James Montgomery’s parents were Moravian missionaries, and from County Antrim, in what is now Northern Ireland. After James was […]Read More James Montgomery, Author of Friendship, Love, and Truth.
It’s political season in the United States. In the lodge, politics and religion are forbidden topics of discussion among members. Outside of the lodge, not so much. Here’s a reminder: THIS is who we are in IOOF: We’re friends! This is who we are NOT: As an Odd Fellow, I do everything in my […]Read More Facebook and Political Posts.
Interviewing Committee: A committee appointed to call on applicants for membership, to check their references, to determine the moral character and other qualifications of said applicant and recommend the admission or rejection of said applicants. This committee shall also determine the proficiency of applicants for admission by card in the degrees indicated on the card. […]Read More Interview Committees Are Important
Although pop culture (like the AMC show LODGE 49) idolizes lodge symbolism in general, there is absolutely no way those on the outside can ever understand our symbolism unless they are members of the Order of Odd Fellows. Because no matter how hard they try, they always miss the exact things to which our symbolism points. […]Read More The All Seeing Eye and Objective Consciousness
King David holds sway over Odd Fellowship, much as King Solomon, David’s son, holds sway over Freemasonry. David is represented in both our Initiatory and First Degrees. In the Initiatory Degree, many believe the Warden plays the role of King David. Others believe the Warden is simply the archetypal wise man. He is old, hard […]Read More I Have Never Seen the Righteous Forsaken
How you feel when “YOU GET THAT CUT!!,” and become an Odd Fellow! Please visit and LIKE our Facebook page: Heart In Hand Blog on Facebook “The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) will not discriminate against any individual on the basis of disability, age [other than that of minimum to join the Order (lodge, […]Read More odd fellows and “that fresh cut!”
Some of our staff at Heart In Hand have compiled a list of things we’d like to see Sovereign Grand Lodge discuss. Some of these ideas may already be under discussion and we may not be aware of it. Collect data, and use it to develop specific and measurable plans to grow membership. Encourage the SGM […]Read More What We’d Like To See From Sovereign Grand Lodge
Hermes Trismegistus, an Egyptian mystic and philosopher, stated that all things have polarity or two sides. My grandmother used to say “there are two sides to every story.” And it’s true that every event, every position, every direction, has two sides, two aspects, or has an opposite. Front and back, on and off, hot and […]Read More Katy Perry, Polarity, and Problem Solving