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