World of Masons: Meet the Masonic Roundtable Podcast Team

(l to r) Bro. Jason Richards Past Master of Acacia Lodge No. 16 in Clifton, VA; Bro. Jon Ruark, Past Master of The Patriot Lodge No. 1957 in Fairfax, VA; Bro. Mike Hambrecht, Lake Shore Lodge No. 307 & Triandria Lodge No. 780 (MW Grand Lodge of Ohio); Bro. Robert Johnson, Past Master, current Secretary of Waukegan Lodge #78; Bro. Juan Sepulveda a member of Orange Blossom Lodge No. 80

The Masonic Roundtable is a Masonic podcast set up to discuss a wide array of topics from the interpretations of masonic symbolism to Lodge dining.

These masons have been a crucial face for freemasonry in the United States and worldwide as their podcast has one of the largest audiences of any masonic related podcast.

I had the privilege to connect with these Masons and ask them about their Masonic Journeys

I grew up on the periphery of Freemasonry, it having been interwoven with my family’s history throughout at least the past hundred years; however, I didn’t take a keen interest in the organization until after graduate school, when I met the Freemason who would ultimately serve as my mentor throughout the process of joining the organization.

At that point in my life, I was married and had recently begun my career in earnest, and I was having difficulty finding a group of male companions to bond with.

My college friends and I had gone our separate ways, and I was looking for a group of men to fill the void of friendship.

That is, ultimately, why I joined Freemasonry. In Freemasonry, I found that companionship in droves.

I’ve had the privilege to meet remarkable men (and women!) from across the world who share little more than the tie to this ancient organization.

It’s incredible. What I didn’t expect to find, however, was a group of men who would challenge my core belief systems, religious and otherwise.

Through Freemasonry, I’ve become a better thinker, a better spiritualist, and a better person.

I don’t have it all figured out, but I’m confident that with my brothers there to help me, I’ll get there one day.” –Jason Richards, Acacia Lodge No. 16 (MW Grand Lodge of Virginia) & The Colonial Lodge No. 1821 (MW Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia)

When I first learned about Freemasonry, the few Masons I knew were exemplary men.

I decided to petition to join Freemasonry because everything that I learned about The Order was congruent with my values.

I have always been interested in improving myself and here I found an organization that could connect me with other men who also valued self-improvement.

After gaining admittance into Freemasonry, I have dedicated my energies into studying and teaching the practical applications of The Craft.

Today, I consider myself to be a better father, a better husband, and a better professional because I have labored to implement the teachings of Freemasonry into my daily life.” –Juan Sepúlveda, Orange Blossom Lodge No. 80 (MW Grand Lodge of Florida)

When I first made my bid to join Freemasonry, I admit it was all about learning the secrets mentioned in the conspiracy theories on the history channel.

However, when a Brother from my perspective Mother Lodge called me and told me a bit more about Freemasonry and what I needed to know before petitioning, most importantly the requirement to believe in a deity, I began to research Freemasonry and found that there was way more to it than the conspiracy theorists could even imagine.

Since that time, I have gained more education about the kind of man I want to be and how to get there, strengthened my faith in the Great Architect of the Universe, found more friends, across my jurisdiction, state and country, than I have ever had, or dreamed of having, before.

Honestly, I have gone from being a man who lived inside a world, of my own making, of TV shows, Fantasy, Spy and Thriller Novels, Comic books, and video games, to a world where I go places, talk to people, learn from those conversations, and generally live a more productive and meaningful life.

To be absolutely honest, I could describe how meaningful Freemasonry has been to me, since my journey began three years ago, in just these few sentences.

Suffice it to say the last year and a half would have been much harder for me without the help of my Brothers and my losses would have weighed even heavier.” – Mike “the Intern” Hambrecht, Lake Shore Lodge No. 307 & Triandria Lodge No. 780 (MW Grand Lodge of Ohio)

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