12 SEPTEMBER 2007
An address by the MW The Pro Grand Master the Most Hon the Marquess of Northampton, DL
In his speech to Grand Lodge, the Pro Grand Master, Lord Northampton, referred to the Universities Scheme and the decision to amalgamate MQ and Freemasonry Today.
He said: “Last year I mentioned the establishment of the University Scheme under the guidance of the Assistant Grand Master. The intention of the scheme was to provide opportunities for undergraduates and other university members to enjoy Freemasonry.”
The scheme, he added, had attracted interest from more Lodges than originally planned and had generated much interest from local and national press, and would now cover many more universities than the original nine.
He added: “Any lodge wishing to participate may do so as long as it can persuade its PGM that its members are committed to the challenges of change which the scheme is implementing. I wish all the participants every success in this exciting initiative.”
Lord Northampton said that the Board of General Purposes had agreed a merger between MQ and Freemasonry Today. The first issue, which will be distributed free to members in England and Wales, will be coming out in January and will retain the name of Freemasonry Today and will be the house magazine of the United Grand Lodge of England.
He continued: “I believe the criteria for this new magazine should be that it makes our members proud to belong to English Freemasonry, with lots of pictures and interesting news from all over our Constitution.
“It should educate our brethren and their families into a better understanding of Freemasonry with articles which promote the Craft – its charity, its three Grand Principles, its moral and spiritual virtues and its tolerance. It should make a young man keen to join us if he is looking for moral stability in his life, free from doctrine or dogma.”
Lord Northampton said the magazine “is part of our need to preserve our heritage and our uniqueness at a time when society is questioning past values in a rush to embrace anything new. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have worked hard to produce MQ over the past few years.”