From the Commander (March, 2012)

posted May 23, 2015, 4:04 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 23, 2015, 4:12 PM ]

Kerem Kapkin
Brethren,

My article each month this year will be about Masonic Education related to Scottish Rite. We define Scottish Rite as the further light in Masonry which we have joined to learn, explore, share and serve. There is so much to learn about Masonry and trying to find a starting point can be frustrating. There are couple great programs designed to guide a Scottish Rite Mason towards their journey in Masonic Education. 
The Scottish Rite Master Craftsman (SRMC) program is an exciting self-study by-mail correspondence course designed and administered by staff at the House of the Temple in Washington, D.C. Part I, consists of six lessons, utilizing The Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor and Guide by Arturo de Hoyos, 33’, Grand Cross, and A Bridge to Light by Rex Hutchens, 33’, Grand Cross, as its textbooks.
Besides the Master Craftsman program there is a College of Consistory of the Southern Jurisdiction. The College of Consistory is a free self-study program for Scottish Rite Masons of all Orients. The curriculum is facilitated by the Guthrie College and made available to all enrolled members.
Any Valley can organize a campus of the College of the Consistory, provided it has 5-6 enrolled members to lead its group. Meetings of the College of the Consistory are called Festive Boards. Papers chosen by the Board of Adepts, or the leadership of any Valley campus, are presented. Fine dining, festive toasts and the fraternal songs accent the evening’s blend of education and fraternalism. In some ways this is very similar to our Lodge of Instruction (LoI). Also this is a great way to connect and share our brothers’ delightful labors in research and study of Masonry through  the Master Craftsman or the College of Consistory, with the rest of the brethren while enjoying a blend of education and fraternalism. 
I would like to encourage brethren to learn and participate to the Master Craftsman program or to the College of Consistory. 
You can find more information about the Master Craftsman Course from our General Secretary, and about the College of Consistory from http://www.guthriescottishrite.org/collegeintro.aspx, or you can directly contact me. 

Fraternally,
Kerem Kapkin Commander, Council of Kadosh