From the Master of Kadosh (August, 2014)

posted May 30, 2015, 7:53 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 30, 2015, 7:53 PM ]
I know that I have briefly mentioned it in the past, but it appears that a large number of our members are unaware of the Master Craftsman Program.  There are currently 3 different programs.  The first delves into the Scottish Rite Degrees. It is fairly high level and is multiple guess, very short answers and a short essay about what you found most interesting during that particular test.  The second program delves much deeper into the Scottish Rite degrees. It has a few multiple guess and short answer questions, but the kicker is you must write an essay of 500-1000 words of the practical application of each degree.  You must have completed the first to work on the second.
The third program focuses on the first three degrees of Masonry It is multiple guess, short answer and short essays.  You can take this course without having completed the first 2. You do not even have to be a Scottish Rite Mason to take the course, so you could bring this to your blue lodge as well.  I know of at least one active DeMolay that has taken the course and passed.
Information can be found at http://scottishrite.org/members/masonic-education/srmc/  The costs of the course are modest and when you complete each one you receive a certificate and pin recognizing your accomplishment.   So far I have seen a handful of the awards presented to those few that have completed courses.  In fact, one of our most recently initiated members received his for the first course last month.
I heartily recommend them to your attention.  I personally have completed #1 and #3 and am about half way done with #2, so please ask me about them. For those of you that are also members of the York Rite, there is a similar program called the Companion Adept of the Temple, which is presented by the Sovereign York Rite College of North America.  It is a deep dive into the Blue Lodge, Chapter, Council and Commandery.  Information on this program can be found here  http://www.yrscna.org/forms/YorkRiteenrollmentform.pdf
I hope that some of you will take advantage of these great educational programs.

Fraternally,
Gregg Hall
Master of Kadosh