New to Freemasonry – What are the four guiding principles?

New to Freemasonry


What are the four guiding principles?


Freemasonry uses four important guiding principles to help define their path through life.


Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Charity.



Building good people

Freemasons are focused on building themselves as people of integrity and membership provides the structures to help achieve this goal. Quote from Ian, Elms Lodge “By being around just and upright people who apply teachings of Freemasonry to their daily lives, you naturally follow their example, and learn to also apply those teachings to become a man of integrity.”


Building together

Freemasonry provides the common foundation for friendship between members, many of which will last for life. Quote from Shaun, Letchworth Lodge “The bond of friendship is stronger in Freemasonry than anywhere else I’ve ever experienced. I have a wider more diverse circle of friends than I ever thought possible”


Building Unity

Freemasonry brings people together irrespective of their race, religion or any other perceived differences that can divide us by society. Quote from Ash, William Rufus Lodge “I love how inclusive Freemasonry is. We respect and welcome men from all walks of life, no matter your background, race, religion or what you do as a living. You are assured a warm welcome.”


Building compassion

Kindness and charitable giving are deeply ingrained within the principles of Freemasonry and the organisation provides the structure for members to make positive contributions to their communities and various causes. Quote from Elliot, Earlham Lodge.  “Contributing at local charitable events makes me feel deeply connected to my community. When I stand back and see how Freemasonry contributes globally the sense of pride I feel is incredible.”