© Liberty Lodge #31 F & A M

Liberty Lodge #31

Ancient Free and Accepted Masons


10 E. Franklin St. Liberty, MO  64068 (816) 781-3775

As the sun rises in the East

to open and govern the day...

Ironically, Freemasonry today is a fraternity deserving of fame as a huge charity source, as opposed to its unfortunate and more common ‘darker’ image as a "secret society." While the "Craft" employs the element of intrigue, by emulating a variety of supposed secrecy, city libraries and the Internet are quite clear as to the lack of secrecy.  Approximately 60,000 books have been written on Freemasonry; what ‘secrecy’ could be possible?

The vast range of charitable activities from children's hospitals, charity funds and retirement homes attest to the essence of this society.  

It’s necessary to mention that while Freemasons were key to the formation of the USA and its prideful evolution; that aspect of the Craft is no longer worth considering as any kind of political force, except in a historical perspective.   If one wants high level political intrigue, the elements of the infamous "New World Order" are the appropriate focus.  

The core of Freemasonry is what is known as the "Master Mason’s Lodge," commonly referred to as a "Blue Lodge," the color ‘blue,’ being said to be "Masonically" symbolic of fidelity, loyalty and friendship.  However, the ‘expanse’ of Masonic organizations is huge; attempting to be a "family" fraternity, in sum.  

The "Craft" includes a host of "appendant" bodies, such as the ‘male’ Scottish Rite, the York Rite and the Shriners, as well as ‘mixed’ bodies such as the Order of the Eastern Star and the Order of the Amaranth.  There are also uniquely female Masonic groups, such as the Daughters of the Nile, and the Ladies Oriental Shrine.  There is also a variety of ‘youth’ groups such as Demolay for boys, and the Order of the Rainbow for girls, as well as Job’s Daughters.

Liberty Lodge No. 31 Cornerstone

Light From the East


Arnold Joseph Toynbee was a renowned historian who wrote the Theory of Challenge and Response.

'All people at all stages of their development have certain challenges to meet. They meet these challenges by accepting them and producing a response which will carry them one step further in civilization until another challenge is presented.

If a people do not respond or respond in such a way as to use up their creativity then their civilization shall surely decay'.

I had to memorize this theory in the seventh grade (a long time ago). Strangely enough, it has been a tool of which I have often used. Life presents us as individuals with never ending challenges. We can accept these challenges and adapt or ignore them and become outdated or antiquated.

Our fraternity is at a standstill. Recent growth is down and attendance is bare. It has come to a point where we are on hold and must find a way to adapt to this new generation or find ourselves without a future, without any hope. Our elders are often times heard grumbling, 'this is not the same fraternity as when I joined'. I do not dispute that things are changing, however I ask them to recall the time when they joined the fraternity and ask if their elders did not say the same thing to them. This organization is an ever changing, ever adapting fraternity. We must find a way to mix tradition with the new in order to succeed.

J.L. Cochran,  WM