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Recently, a special task force from the Masonic Information Center (MIC), part of the Masonic Service Association published a paper called “It’s About Time! Moving Masonry into the 21st Century” This paper is different and important. It’s the first paper I’ve read in a long time that takes a truly critical look at the problems of our fraternity without a partisan position. It dovetails nicely with the goals here at X-Oriente, so we’re going to take an in-depth look at the paper in its entirety. This is part 3 of a 3-part series. AND IT’S ABOUT TIME!!!

Notes:

00:00 Intro (segment from Secrets of the Freemasons)

01:33 Shoutout to the Brothers of Loyal Chapter No. 237 in Franklin Park, Illinois

02:03 Preparations for York Rite Grand Conclave

03:45 The X-Oriente Photo Gallery? How about a Frappr Map?

05:20 Part 3 of It’s About Time!

42:13 Wrap-up: we need to continue the conversation

43:40 Outro

Theme music by Charlie Crowe

Music of the Spheres by Music of the Spheres, available at Magnatune.com

Outro: Joy, by Charlie Crowe

Next issue, “It’s About Time part 3″ is in post production and it’s about time. It’s also about time to move on to some other topics in Masonry. I am preparing a show on “Gossip and Freemasonry.” I’ll fill you in on all the juicy details later, but first I want to talk to you guys. Have you been a victim of gossip? Do you avoid gossip? How? Please drop me a line and let me know what your experiences with gossip in the Lodge.

Also, episode 12 will probably be the last episode distributed in MP3 format. I will try switching to AAC. AAC format yield higher quality, quicker downloads, easier post-production, and the ability to do cool things like video and enhanced podcasts with chapters and graphics. If this will be a problem for you please let me know ASAP. My data informs me that the vast majority of you guys listen with AAC-capable podcast clients, already , so it shoudln’t be an issue.