Stringer Grand Lodge reaffirms commitment to 138-year history

By Alice Thomas-Tisdale

Jackson Advocate Publisher

The Most Worshipful Stringer Grand Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, Prince Hall Affiliation, Jurisdiction of Mississippi and the John L. Webb Grand High Court, Heroines of Jericho held its state convention Dec. 3-6, 2011 at the Masonic Temple, 1072 Lynch Street, in Jackson. Holding fast to its theme of “Our Heritage is Our Challenge: A Past to Hold, A Future to Mold,” over 500 members gathered to embrace their mission of “building strong leadership for positive influence.”

No one was more pleased with Mississippi’s progress under the leadership of Jurisdiction Grand Master Maurice F. Lucas Sr.; Deputy Grand Master Rev. Toney L. Crisler; Most Ancient Grand Matron, Heroine Queen C. VanNorman; and State Mother Mary, Heroine Mattie M. Coleman than Arvin W. Glass, Most Worshipful Grand Master, Jurisdiction of Tennessee, who graced the stage at the Scholarship and Awards Banquet. A total of twelve $2400.00 scholarships were awarded to deserving college students and several members received applause for dedicated service to the Mississippi Jurisdiction.

“The membership of Stringer Grand Lodge is no doubt like all of the other grand bodies that I have had the honor of being associated with. It is made up of a very diverse group of people with many gifts and talents; various levels of education and skills; coming from all income levels; and an assortment of religious backgrounds,” commented Grand Master Glass. “Yet through the fraternity and the Brotherhood of Masonry, you are all united as one. You must celebrate your differences, appreciate the unification and be about the business of meeting the challenge.” Grand Master Glass encouraged members of the Mississippi Jurisdiction to continue on the path begun in 1873.

“If you are going to leave a harvest, your first challenge will be to work and dwell together to prepare the crop; work together in peace and harmony. Dwell together in the type of Brotherhood that is mentioned in the 133rd Psalm. God created the heavens and the earth and God said let there be light and the light was good. God created the land and the seas and it was good.” He further stated that, “If you are going to meet the challenge of the Harvest you must utilize what Masonry has taught you about Beauty, Strength and Wisdom. Whether she is your mother, your sister, your daughter or your wife, a woman will light up your life.

Women are the Beauty of our organization. We have to treat them like beautiful things need to be treated.” As it relates to Strength and Wisdom, Grand Master Glass didn’t soft pedal his remarks to his brothers. “It’s high time for us to take our rightful place in the church, in the home, in masonry, and in the world. I don’t want to sound chauvinistic, but It’s time to be about the business of being a man and stop hiding behind our women and relying on them do what we are supposed to be doing. If God has a task to be performed and he can’t find a man to do it, he’ll get a boy.

He proved that with David, didn’t he? “Without working and dwelling together in Brotherhood. Without recognizing and respecting the true Beauty of this great Grand Lodge. Without exercising the Strength and Wisdom that has been granted to you and met by all the previous generations, Stringer Grand Lodge will not be able to continue to meet the challenge that has been met by all the previous generations since 1873; 138 years of work and sacrifice will be lost.”

In conclusion, Grand Master Glass emphasized the need for members to deepen their faith in God. “Trust in the Lord and lean not unto your own understanding. At the end of the day when you have achieved your goals and met the challenge, there will be no one person that will be any more important than the other. It doesn’t matter who watered, who planted, or who weeded anyway, because the Glory belongs to God.”