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Foundations of Recognition: UGLE's Basic Principles for Grand Lodge Approval

Basic Principles for Grand Lodge Recognition


It is with great pleasure that we present the "Basic Principles for Grand Lodge Recognition," accepted by the Grand Lodge on September 4, 1929.


These fundamental principles outline the basis on which the United Grand Lodge of England can consider recognizing any Grand Lodge applying for recognition within the English Jurisdiction.


The initiative to create these principles arose from the M.W. The Grand Master, expressing the desire for the Board to draw up a statement of the basic principles on which this Grand Lodge could base its decision to recognize.


The Board of General Purposes promptly complied with this request.


These principles, now approved by the Grand Master, will serve as the basis for a questionnaire that will be forwarded in the future to each jurisdiction requesting English recognition.


The Board wishes that not only these bodies but all Brothers in general within the Grand Master's Jurisdiction be fully informed about these Basic Principles of Freemasonry, which the United Grand Lodge of England has upheld throughout its history.


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BASIC PRINCIPLES FOR GRAND LODGE RECOGNITION


Accepted by the Grand Lodge, September 4, 1929


The M.W. The Grand Master having expressed a desire that the Board would draw up a statement of the Basic Principles on which this Grand Lodge could be invited to recognize any Grand Lodge applying for recognition by the English Jurisdiction, the Board of General Purposes has gladly complied.


The result, as follows, has been approved by the Grand Master and it will form the basis of a questionnaire to be forwarded in future to each Jurisdiction requesting English recognition.


The Board desires that not only such bodies but the Brethren generally throughout the Grand Master’s Jurisdiction shall be fully informed as to those Basic Principles of Freemasonry for which the Grand Lodge of England has stood throughout its history


1. Regularity of origin; i.e. each Grand Lodge shall have been established lawfully by a duly recognized Grand Lodge or by three or more regularly constituted Lodges.


2. That a belief in the G.A.O.T.U. and His revealed will shall be an essential qualifi cation for membership.


3. That all Initiates shall take their Obligation on or in full view of the open Volume of the Sacred Law, by which is meant the revelation from above which is binding on the conscience of the particular individual who is being initiated.


4. That the membership of the Grand Lodge and individual Lodges shall be composed exclusively of those who were made Masons as men; and that each Grand Lodge shall have no Masonic association of any kind with bodies which make women Masons.*


5. That the Grand Lodge shall have sovereign jurisdiction over the Lodges under its control; i.e. that it shall be a responsible, independent, xv BASIC PRINCIPLES FOR GRAND LODGE RECOGNITION self-governing organization, with sole and undisputed authority over the Craft or Symbolic Degrees (Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason) within its Jurisdiction; and shall not in any way be subject to, or divide such authority with, a Supreme Council or other Power claiming any control or supervision over those degrees.


6. That the three Great Lights of Freemasonry (namely, the Volume of the Sacred Law, the Square, and the Compasses) shall always be exhibited when the Grand Lodge or its subordinate Lodges are at work, the chief of these being the Volume of the Sacred Law.


7. That the discussion of religion and politics within the Lodge shall be strictly prohibited.


8. That the principles of the Antient Landmarks, customs, and usages of the Craft shall be strictly observed.


* Amended wording of paragraph 4 adopted 12 September 2018.

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