Allow Women Access to our Installation Ceremonies: An Opinion Piece from Murray Staples - PM Lodge Te Puni
March 31st, 2018 1:11 pm     A+ | a-
Murray believes that scope should exist for Craft Lodges to relax some of their rules during the Installation Ceremony to allow those brethren whose partners would like to be involved to do so. Murray argues that we have relaxed our rules to allow women to attend the entire Grand Installation ceremony - this would just be a natural extension of that. If an incoming master didn’t want the ‘alternative installation’ - then the ceremony would proceed as normal.

I actually think Murray is on to something here. As long as it is managed via dispensation; and in accordance with regular protocols - how does it vary from allowing women into the Lodgeroom for a 50 year jewel presentation.

Perhaps something for Rick Masterton to think about for the next Te Puni Installation. Click here to read Murray’s opinion and to have your say. You can also click on the picture to read Murray's opinion.

Remember - you are welcome to your opinion - but please play the ball - not the man!
George Allan
April 17th, 2018 3:08 pm
Would Don Palmer please give us some examples as evidence of where and when women have influenced Masonic affairs.
David Darling
April 16th, 2018 10:01 am
Great idea! The ladies should be more involved in Masonic ceremonies. It would create more understanding between couples
Colin Read
April 3rd, 2018 9:54 pm
In the early 1970's while on transfer I joined a local lodge in Santa Monica, Los Angeles. I became an officer in the lodge. Much to my surprise the Master Elect had the choice of an open or closed installation. However if open, the installation had to be publicly advertised. I did attend one open installation during my time there and the procedure was altered to protect the secrets. I was stationed with the New Zealand Consulate and because it was public I invited my wife and the whole staff to attend. It was an opportunity that they may never have had again and they all enjoyed the experience. Personally, I am a traditionalist and would prefer to keep our ceremonies that way. I believe that that the craft ritual is one of the few in the world that has not been infiltrated by the PC and equality brigade and I for one would like to see it stay that way.
Don Palmer.
April 2nd, 2018 1:54 pm
No No a thousand times NO. Women already have far too much influence in Masonic affairs!
John Denne
April 2nd, 2018 10:44 am
An excellent idea I would certainly go along with this, and will put it up for dicussion in my next Masters notes
Eddie Penten
April 2nd, 2018 9:17 am
I concur. I also believe it may be beneficial to the craft to go further in order to survive the next 25 years in NZ.
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