One of the great things about Odd Fellows is that we are given instruction to take the positive approach to life: Friendship, Love and Truth are the most prominent of these admonitions we are given to experience in Odd Fellowship and to extend to the world.
It may seem like there is no access in Odd Fellowship to address the negative aspects of life in a way that gives us access to the positive. After all, it is because we must have an absence of light to know that there is light; we must be able to distinguish false from true.
Read More Blame and Shame -by Joseph Benton
The issue of religion in Odd Fellowship pops up often these days. And for those who aren’t Odd Fellows, nearly all members understand The Independent Order of Odd Fellows is NOT a church. In fact we have less religion in our Order than many other fraternal orders. It’s just that many U.S. Odd Fellows want […]
Read More Odd Fellowship, Religion, and Compromise
I have been thinking a lot about the motive that gives one entrance to the Mysteries. A while ago I had a dream in which a teacher directed his attention to me: “Do you think a tradition with so many schisms can really offer anything towards your spiritual development?“
That is a question that I would like to explore in this paper.
Read More ON THE THRESHOLD OF THE PATH: CONTEMPLATION ON THE MOTIVE THAT ADMITS ONE TO THE MYSTERIES OF THE AGELESS WISDOM – by Teike Van Baden
This TED Talk reflects upon ideas of the Initiatory Degree: Here’s a TEDx Talk from Australia and ties to the Degree of Friendship. This kid has a great idea, and one that a lodge somewhere might be able to work on…in fact why not get your Grand Lodge to move this forward? Every lodge […]
Read More 5 less than 12 Minute TED Talks for Odd Fellows
A Mystic Master once said, “To visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead, and educate the orphan is the command of our laws, and a duty which we require.“ There’s not a better statement than the one above for a new Odd Fellow to hear. The statement is both a warning and an […]
Read More Advice For Initiates
Can you do without human sympathy? Humanitarianism is the view that all human beings deserve respect and dignity. Humanitarians work towards advancing the well-being of humanity as a whole. It is the antithesis of the “us vs. them” mentality that characterizes tribalism. Humanitarianism drives people to save lives, alleviate suffering, and promote human dignity. Humanitarianism […]
Read More Odd Fellowship, Humanitarianism, PREACH IT!!
I have been working on some minimalism/geometric monoline designs to represent the Degrees of Odd Fellowship. It was tough to figure out what symbols to include or exclude, but I am pleased with the overall inclusion.
These designs are available in the Heart in Hand Store, and are able to be placed on tons of unique products if tshirts aren’t your thing. As always, all proceeds benefit my home Lodge.
Read More New Symbol Shirt Designs by Ainslie Heilich