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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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If you’re reading this and you’re an Odd Fellow who has taken your Degrees (and remembers them) then you no doubt see the parallels between my experience on the road as a musician and what we teach in our Degrees. The idea of our Degrees is to try and simulate that very experience I had in my time of crisis while on the road playing music. Leaving the safety of home can be dangerous, whether you’re flying down the interstate highway with other musicians from town to town plying your trade or you’re traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho on foot.
Read More Wandering In The Wilderness – by Toby Hanson, Sovereign Grand Musician
This initiation also had a certain character to it given that I am a confirmed Minerval (0°) in Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.), another secret society and fraternal order, and a baptized Thelemite and member of its eclessiastical arm Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica, the Gnostic Catholic Church. The fact that I assent to many of the ideas put forth by the receiver or writer of The Book of the Law, Aleister Crowley, and the novel ideas inherent to Thelema and the New Aeon, both meshed and clashed in interesting ways with what I discovered about Odd Fellowship.
Read More Anarchist, Thelemite, Odd Fellow: A Conflicted Initiate (and an Account of the Initiatory Degree) -by Vincent St. Clare
As Odd Fellowship was a visible part of 19th Century daily life, there was no shortage of popular music written by and for Odd Fellows. There were marches, rags, waltzes, two-steps, and other popular forms of the day, all written to commemorate members, lodges, or entire jurisdictions.
Read More Musical Heritage of Odd Fellowship -by Toby Hanson, Sovereign Grand Musician
The end result of all of this is that Odd Fellowship is left in a kind of middle ground. For some, the secrecy of our operations is reason enough to raise suspicions of our activities. For others, our religious inclusion makes us unsuitable. For still others, there’s already too much inclusion of religion within Odd Fellowship. We’re non-political and non-sectarian. You can support the political philosophy of your choice and worship in the way that suits your conscience and still be an Odd Fellow.
Read More Religion and Odd Fellowship -by Toby Hanson, PGM, PGP
Ainslie discusses bringing back Tuscola #316 after being closed since the early 1950’s and what younger generations are actually looking for as a fraternal experience versus what older members may falsely have assumed. Grab some tea, because Ainslie likes to talk. Filmed and edited by Bro. Greg Knott
Read More Ainslie talks Odd Fellows at the Masonic Symposium
With the rise of Wi-Fi and mobile smart phones came the decline of in-person friendships and authentic human contact. I didn’t know what had happened until I found myself wondering what was missing. At one point I thought it was my career. Then 2008 came and I lost the job I saw providing something I thought I wanted but didn’t need. Then life took my attention as family and work took over my schedule. So I continued to go about still wondering why I just couldn’t find that sense of fulfillment. No matter how many friends or followers I had on social media, every time I looked back there was no one there. As my schedule slowly opened up I was able to use my biggest distraction to my advantage: I Googled fraternities.
Read More Why I Joined -by Sergio Paredes
All of us would agree that we say we want members, but when those members do actually join, what kind of experience are we giving them? Are we treating them in a way that shows them that we appreciate them? We do a pretty good job of selling the ideal of Odd Fellowship: a universal brotherhood where we meet together regularly in active, interesting lodges with meaningful rituals and tasteful regalia…However, we need to be honest with ourselves about whether that’s actually the experience we’re offering potential members when they make the commitment to be Odd Fellows.
Read More Do We *REALLY* Want New Members? -by Toby Hanson, PGM, PGP
I have prepared fresh arrangements of the opening and closing odes for the Odd Fellows, Rebekahs, and Encampment. They are written in a clear, accessible style that will be easy for pianists to read and singers to follow. There are introductions to each ode so that singers can find the key and know when to begin singing. Knowing that there is a greater diversity of musicians in Odd Fellowship than just pianists, I have also included a melody line with chords so that guitarists and players of other chordal instruments can easily read along and accompany singing.
Read More New Arrangements of the Odes- by Toby Hanson, Sovereign Grand Musician
Prior to joining Odd Fellows, I realized that I was unhappy with certain parts of my life, and at the time I found hard to articulate what these parts were. When I look at the hierarchy today, I estimate that I was not having my “Belongingness” and “Esteem” needs fulfilled by everyday and work life until I joined. As leaders in our lodges, we can easily be aware of Members who are striving for more. They are saying or act like they are “all-in”, or they “can’t get enough”. We can see it in their enthusiastic participation in meetings or events. These members can get our attention for “moving up” to become officers and mentors for new members.
Read More Members Have Needs Too – by Billy Sanderson