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SCOTTISH RITE OF FREEMASONRY
ORIENT OF MISSOURI

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SEPTEMBER 2019

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"Human progress is our cause, liberty of thought our supreme wish, freedom of conscience our mission, and the guarantee of equal rights to all people everywhere our ultimate goal."

-The Scottish Rite Creed
7°, PROVOST AND JUDGE

“Judge not, that ye be not judged.”
- - - Selected passages from Morals and Dogma - - -
The lesson which this Degree inculcates is JUSTICE, in decision and judgment, and in our intercourse and dealing with other men...

Surely we shall do less wrong and injustice, if the conviction is fixed and embedded in our souls that everything done is done irrevocably, that even the Omnipotence of God cannot uncommit a deed, cannot make that undone which has been done; that every act of ours must bear its allotted fruit, according to the everlasting laws,—must remain forever ineffaceably inscribed on the tablets of Universal Nature...
A wrong done to another is an injury done to our own Nature, an offence against our own souls, a disfiguring of the image of the Beautiful and Good. Punishment is not the execution of a sentence, but the occurrence of an effect. It is ordained to follow guilt, not by the decree of God as a judge, but by a law enacted by Him as the Creator and Legislator of the Universe...

God will not interpose between the cause and its consequence; and in that sense there can be no forgiveness of sins...

The commission of the wrong is an irrevocable act; but it does not incapacitate the soul to do right for the future. Its consequences cannot be expunged; but its course need not be pursued...
 
Repentance is still as valid as ever; but it is valid to secure the Future, not to obliterate the Past...
 
So earth, air, and ocean are the eternal witnesses of the acts that we have done...

On all accounts, therefore, let the true Mason never forget the solemn injunction, necessary to be observed at almost every moment of a busy life: "JUDGE NOT, LEST YE YOURSELVES BE JUDGED: FOR WHATSOEVER JUDGMENT YE MEASURE UNTO OTHERS, THE SAME SHALL IN TURN BE MEASURED UNTO YOU." Such is the lesson taught the Provost and Judge.

Ill. Bro. Robert W. Cockerham, 33°, SGIG
Truman Medal Recipient
Ill. Bro. Robert W. Cockerham, 33° SGIG, with Ill. Bro. Robert T. Thomas, 33°
Grand Master of Masons in Missouri, who honored Ill. Bro. Cockerham
with the Truman Medal at the recent Missouri Grand Lodge
Annual Communication Banquet in Columbia, Missouri. 

Photo above taken at the 2019 Supreme Council Session in Washington, D.C.
"The Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Missouri establishes the Truman Medal, to be awarded by the Grand Master to individual Freemasons for their distinguished service to the Fraternity."
“Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.”
Excerpt from the 27th Degree – KNIGHT OF THE SUN or PRINCE ADEPT
“As Above, So Below”
"This Degree will instruct you in the nature of symbolism. It will show you what symbols are, and how to read them. Symbols are used because many abstract, philosophical and profound truths and realizations cannot be expressed by words alone. In the past Degrees you learned something of the ancient mysteries, and were provided with an esoteric interpretation of the Master's Degree. The divine origin and nature of the Self has also been alluded to.
You have been introduced to the Kabbalistic philosophy of the Hebrews, and were shown methods by which the ancient initiate investigated the nature of the universe. You are given to understand that the accumulation of knowledge is gradual. It builds upon itself with unceasing labor. It requires great patience and determination. In this Degree you are admonished not to confuse the symbol for the thing symbolized, a practice which leads to confusion and folly. You are also informed that it is the nature of a symbol to both conceal and reveal information.
You are taught that you must emulate Nature in your efforts to digest what you learn. Everything in Nature follows a great cycle. All living things, after fulfilling the measure of their creation, return to the earth only become part of a new form of life. To express this in the symbolism of Alchemy, you must “analyze and synthesize.” That is, you must be able to take apart what you have learned, and put it together in new and useful ways. That which was alluded to in the Eighteenth Degree, you will hear clearly spoken: those who can read the symbols of the Book of Nature are truly Princes among Masons and Adepts among Men.
Ill. Bro. Christopher E. Tilley, 33°
Masonic Collection Dedication Event
The St. Louis Valley Scottish Rite membership has recently to determined set up, in its Memorial Library-Museum, a display of the Masonic literature and collection of Ill. Bro. Christopher E. Tilley, 33° in honor and remembrance of him.

This casual, but important event will be the unveiling and official dedication. The event is business casual, but we ask that you please wear your caps if you have them. All are invited, and encouraged, to attend. It would be great to have as big a turnout as possible as a show of love and support to his family.
Ill. Bro. Christopher E. TIlley, 33°
LIBRARY DEDICATION
Sunday 10/6/2019
4:00 PM

St. Louis Scottish Rite Cathedral
Memorial Library-Museum
"There’s no such thing as chance; And what to us seems merest accident springs from the deepest source of destiny."
"KIDS HELPING KIDS"
Giving the Gift of Speech to Children
The Walker Scottish Rite Clinic at Maryville University celebrated the mission “Las Vegas-style” at the Annual KidTalk Celebration Black Tie Gala on September 21, 2019 at the elegant Westport Sheraton Chalet in St. Louis, Missouri. Hundreds of guests enjoyed a fabulous meal, Vegas Star Impersonators,  Rat Pack inspired entertainment, “Clinic Money” casino gaming, exciting auction items, scholarship and awards presentations and heart-warming Clinic Graduate speakers. The evening also featured the annual “Speak up for Kids” raising funds onsite where all present contributed to over a hundred thousand dollars being raised for the kids!

As its largest fundraiser of the year, KidTalk Celebration generates crucial funding for the clinic that not only supports its existing programs, but allows them to plan for the future.  Clinic Director Jacob Gutshall noted, “At this year’s KidTalk – ‘Las Vegas Nights’ we bet on a brighter future for the kids served by the Clinic – and we hit the jackpot! It was a great opportunity to honor our long-time supporters, scholarship recipients and guests by coming together and celebrating our childrens’ success stories while raising funds for the little ones still waiting to find their voice.”
Pictured Above - Missouri DeMolay State Master Councilor Richard Ables presenting Walker Scottish Rite Clinic Executive Director Jacob Gutshall with donation check ($3,535) from proceeds raised at this year's Missouri DeMolay 5K Fun Run&Walk, earlier this year during the month of June. The presentation was made at the Walker Scottish Rite Clinic's annual KidTalk Celebration Gala this past weekend, of which Missouri DeMolay was an event sponsor, and will be used to help the Clinic's mission of teaching two- through six-year-old children with speech and language disorders the communication skills necessary to succeed in school and throughout their lives. This goal is achieved through early identification and long-term therapy and by training parents in techniques to use with their children at home. The families served by the Walker Scottish Rite Clinic are never charged for services, regardless of financial status or insurance coverage. Because of the free services available at the Clinic, many children in the Greater St. Louis area who would not otherwise be able to receive assistance get the help they need.
Scholarship recognition presentations were awarded to four Maryville University students all integral in the support of the Walker Scottish Rite Clinic.  DeMolay Leadership & Service Club scholarships were presented to Melanie Wilmert and Rapulu Okolo. The Krehmeyer Scholarship for a graduate level Speech Language Pathology student was awarded to Kersten Mitchell and the Guzzardo Scholarship, recognizing a service-minded bilingual studies Speech Language Pathologist, was awarded to Sandra Hernandez. All awards were presented by Clinic Chairman, Scott Denney. Appreciation was noted to KidTalk Celebration Major Sponsors, The LIGHT Foundation, Carr Lane Manufacturing, Missouri DeMolay and Cockerham & Associates, LLC.
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Scott Denney, Chairman of the Walker Scottish Rite Clinic Board of Directors, with Melanie Wilmert, President of the Maryville University DeMolay Leadership & Service Club and recipient of this year's Distinguished Leadership Scholarship, presented at KidTalk Celebration.
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Scott Denney, Chairman of the Walker Scottish Rite Clinic Board of Directors, with Rapulu Okolo, member of the Maryville University DeMolay Leadership & Service Club and recipient of this year's Meritorious Service Scholarship, presented at KidTalk Celebration.
Two awards were given at the event marking significant support for the Walker Scottish Rite Clinic. Clinic Chairman, Scott Denney, presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to newly retired Dean of the Maryville University College of Health Professions, Chuck Gulas for his integral support to integrate the Walker Scottish Rite historical program to the University community. Recognition was also given through the Les Denney Leadership & Service Award to the Robert and Stacy Cockerham family for their unwavering support of the Clinic program and Scottish Rite mission to help children communicate.
Pictured Above - The Cockerham Family, recipient of the Les Denney Leadership & Service Award at this year's Walker Scottish Rite Clinic KidTalk Celebration.
"Nature never deceives us. It is we who deceive ourselves."
Excerpt from the 7th Degree – PROVOST AND JUDGE
“Judge not, that ye be not judged.”
"I now invest you with the apron, cordon, and jewel of this Degree. The latter represents the key of the Chief Provost and Judge, with which he unlocked the box of ebony that contained the records of the tribunal. It teaches you to carefully lock in your heart the confidences of worthy friends and Brothers, and to keep the key ever in your possession. It is especially emblematical of that justice and uprightness that alone can unlock for you the mysteries contained in the higher degrees and enable you to advance toward completion or perfection in Masonry.
It is said that King Solomon, after the death of the Grand Master Hiram Abif, in order that justice might be administered among the workmen on the Temple, appointed seven Provosts and Judges to adjust their demands, listen to their complaints, and present the results of their investigation to the judges that they might fairly settle any disputes and differences arising among them. He appointed Azariah the son of Nathan to be the Chief Provost and Judge, Alihoreph and Ahaiah ben Shaisha to be Masters of the records, with the title of Inspectors, and four others, learned in the Law of Moses, to complete the number and constitute the tribunal. They held their sittings in the middle chamber of the Temple. There the records of the tribunal were kept in a box of ebony, the key of which was committed to the Chief Provost and Judge. The judges considered and adjusted the demands and differences of the workmen and determined all appeals from the judgment of a single Provost and Judge. The Provosts and Judges administered the same laws to the Phoenician as to the Hebrew and endeavored to do justice between men, according to the Law of Moses.
Such is the brief account that has come down to us, of the legend of this Degree. The lesson, which it inculcates, is justice in the administration of the law and in our dealings with other men. The triangle that hangs above your head, is emblematical here, as elsewhere in Masonry, of God; of His omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience; and it bears His Name in Phoenician [or Hebrew] characters. It is also emblematical of the three great prerequisites of a judge, possessed by God in perfection. To a lesser degree, every administrator of the law should be invested with them, namely, justice, equity, and impartiality. 
Let that emblem and the balance be ever before your eyes. May it remind you of the lessons of this Degree, of the responsibilities which rest upon you and which, with God’s eye ever fixed on you, you cannot evade.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Valley of St. Louis
2019 FALL REUNION
Friday, October 18 - Saturday, October 19
KCCH Investment - Saturday, October 19 @ 7:00 PM
St. Louis Scottish Rite Cathedral
Valley of Joplin
2019 FALL REUNION
Friday, October 25 - Saturday, October 26
Valleys of St. Joseph & Kansas City
2019 FALL REUNION
Friday, October 25 - Saturday, October 26
KCCH Investment - Wednesday, October 2
St. Joseph Scottish Rite
E-mail the Valley of St. Joseph for more info
Valley of Kansas City
RiteCare 2020 Presents
GATEWAY TO THE NEW FRONTIER

The 2020 RiteCare Scottish Rite Conference is a biennial conference of Scottish Rite Speech, Language and Literacy programs. Scottish Rite leaders along with speech-language pathologists, literacy and dyslexia specialists, audiologists, graduate students and parents gather to further the education and shared mission of RiteCare SRCLP-affiliated clinics, hospitals and university speech-language programs to help children communicate.

The 2020 Conference will be hosted by the Orient of Missouri and will take place September 9-11, 2020 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Programming will include four areas:

  • Speech-Language Pathology/Communication Disorders
  • Literacy and Dyslexia
  • Executive Management (SGIG's, Scottish Rite Leaders, Clinic Management & Development Leaders)
  • (NEW) Interprofessional Collaboration (Music Therapy & SLP, Occupational Therapy & SLP)

For more information, email 2020conference@moritecare.org.

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MASONIC EDUCATION & PHILOSOPHY
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The great secret of education is to use exercise of mind and body as relaxation one to the other.

- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
THIS MONTH'S SUGGESTED READING

THE ORIGINS OF FREEMASONRY

by David Stevenson


This is a classic account of the origins of freemasonry, a brotherhood of men bound together by secret initiatives, secret rituals and secret modes of identification with ideals of fraternity, equality, toleration and reason. This fascinating work of historical detection will be essential reading for anyone interested in Renaissance and seventeenth-century history, and for freemasons themselves.
Beginning in Britain, Freemasonry swept across Europe in the mid-eighteenth century in astonishing fashion--yet its origins are still hotly debated today. The prevailing assumption has been that it emerged in England around 1700, but David Stevenson demonstrates that the real origins of modern Freemasonry lie in Scotland around 1600, when the system of lodges was created by stonemasons with rituals and secrets blending medieval mythology with Renaissance and seventeenth-century history. This fascinating work of historical detection will be essential reading for anyone interested in Renaissance and seventeenth-century history, for freemasons themselves, and for those readers captivated by the secret societies at the heart of the bestselling The Da Vinci Code. David Stevenson is Emeritus Professor of Scottish History at the University of St. Andrews. His many previous publications include The Scottish Revolution, 1637-1644; Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Scotland, 1644-1651; and The First Freemasons; Scotland, Early Lodges and their Members.
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The Scottish Rite Research Society

"Studying our past to illuminate our future"
Since its formation in 1991, the Scottish Rite Research Society (SRRS) has become one of the most dynamic forces in contemporary Masonic research, pursuing a publication program that emphasizes quality—both in content and in physical form. The Society has grown to over 4,000 members worldwide since inception. Its publications have redefined the standards of Masonic scholarship. Anyone who is interested in deepening his or her understanding of Freemasonry would benefit from Society membership.
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Each show will explore an idea or topic. Sometimes the topics will extend from Masonic practice into civics, philosophy, social sciences, literature and art. X-Oriente also is a passionate advocate for critical thinking skills. We'll never stop asking why, and we'll always look for evidence to back up our assertions."

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FOUNDATION MISSION STATEMENT
 
It is the mission of the Scottish Rite Foundation of Missouri, Inc. to enhance the lives of the children of Missouri by actively embracing high social, moral and spiritual value through the RiteCare Childhood Language Program, Youth Programs, Scholarships and Disaster Relief.

FOUNDATION HISTORY AND PURPOSE
 
The Scottish Rite Foundation of Missouri, Inc. was originally incorporated in 1946 as the Scottish Rite Endowment, Philanthropic, and Educational Foundation, Inc.  Its purpose was to provide the public charities of the Order and go beyond that given by the Almoner to needy brethren.

The Foundation concentrates on four principal charities:

  1. To provide financial support of the Orient RiteCare Clinics;
  2. To grant undergraduate scholarships to deserving individuals attending an accredited college or university and pursuing a bachelor’s degree;
  3. To give financial assistance for medical, dental, and personal needs to children who would otherwise have to do without the treatment or benefit; and
  4. To give financial assistance to Missouri DeMolays to offset their expenses related to leadership training and education.

It has been a matter of custom and precedent to urge those financially able Scottish Rite members who are 32° to give $32, those who are KCCH to give $32.50 and 33° brethren to give $33 annually to the Foundation.  There is also an Albert Pike Society which is composed of members who give $10,000 to the Foundation.  The contribution may be made in lump sum or over a period of ten years.  Donors receive recognition by having their names inscribed on a plaque which lists every member and which is displayed in each of the Valleys.

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