Reclaiming the Soul of Freemasonry

Comprehensive study shows clear path for the renewed growth of our organization and craft in the 21st century

Reclaiming the Soul of Freemasonry

In early 2017, the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite commissioned the most comprehensive, data-driven analysis of the Scottish Rite and Freemasonry in more than 20 years. The results of that study are outlined by former Sovereign Grand Commander John Wm. McNaughton in his the seminal work, Reclaiming the Soul of Freemasonry. The book forms the strategy that will guide the Scottish Rite as our fraternity creates new resources for members, completely revamps its use of technology, and inspires all Brothers to feel deep pride in the organization.


According to the data, we can be sure, finally, that this is not an organization out of step with society. In fact, trends point to the opportunity for a renewed interest and period of growth. – John Wm. McNaughton


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A Book Every Mason Needs to Read

A book every mason not only needs to read, but truly understand its message. There is no hidden message to be garnered. It is a wake up call and the author and researchers involved deserve kudos for forcefully putting the much needed words to print. (Amazon Review, MSC, October 17, 2017)

The Framework for the Future of Our Brotherhood

As a "newly" raised Master Mason (2015) and borderline boomer, and as I am looking forward to progressing to the East, I found myself highlighting numerous passages for consideration. This is one that I know I'll be referring back to four years to come. (Amazon Review, DaveS, October 22, 2017)

A MUST for Freemasons and Voluntary Service Organization Leadership

Anything this author writes is worth reading. His audience is more focused on Scottish Rite, Northern Jurisdiction, however, it is more than applicable to not only Freemasonry in general but all voluntary social organizations struggling for membership and direction in an increasingly fragmented society. (Amazon Review, Gerald E. Connally, on November 2, 2017)

Behind the Study and Key Findings

To design and execute this research, the Supreme Council worked with CerconeBrownCompany (CBC), an independent research and marketing firm with national and international clients, specializing in mission-based organizations. Surveys were conducted on two groups:

Group I: Scottish Rite Membership

To better understand member retention and satisfaction, The member survey was offered to more than 24,000 Scottish Rite Masons throughout the 15-state Northern Jurisdiction. More than 3,000 members responded.

  • The issues measured ranged from member opinions on Masonic programs to interpersonal conflicts between Brothers.
  • In addition to traditional questions that offered respondents multiple choice or ranking options, the survey featured a number of open-response questions. These generated more than 12,000 written opinions and suggestions.
  • Every written answer was read, categorized, and analyzed in order to make the conclusions quantifiable. This approach allowed us to truly gauge opinions, field suggestions, and otherwise read deeply into the state of membership.

Group II: Non-Masons

A second survey was developed and administered to 1,000 men across the United States (ages 21-65). This phase of research allowed us to better understand American men today and inform member recruitment by gauging interest in the values and lifestyle of the Scottish Rite and Freemasonry.

  • The concept of Fraternity is alive and well: Beyond a doubt, the study proved that the organization’s message and identity is still timeless, and that there is a large population of men who would be willing to consider joining.
  • 79% of respondents would be interested in joining an organization that enables them to become a better person while helping to improve the quality of life for others.
  • 72% of respondents would be interested in an organization where men form deep and lasting friendships, regardless of race, religion, culture, or geography.
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The Path Forward: We Will.

Among many things learned, this effort crystalizes three important elements that forge our path forward:

  1. WE WILL increase our engagement with members of the Scottish Rite.

  2. WE WILL embrace technology to further engagement in between the times that we see our Brothers in person.

  3. WE WILL become a strong and clear voice for Freemasonry, working with all Brethren to attract good men to the craft, and in turn, 32° Scottish Rite Freemasonry.

This video was created to capture the essence of what it means to be a 32° Scottish Rite Mason. It stands as a reminder of the pride and confidence that comes from living in Brotherhood, and dedicating oneself to a life centered on family, integrity, service, and justice. In other words, in our craft we don't just make men better. We make them Masons.
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