A Past Grand Officer of the UGLE guest speaker at the Grand Orient in Paris

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Next Wednesday evening November 9th Julian REES, Past Junior Grand Deacon of the United Grand Lodge of England will be the first ever UGLE member to be guest speaker at a Grand Orient de France meeting in Paris. The meeting, to be attended by the Guy Arcizet, Grand Master, and various members of the GO Council has been organised by 7 Lodges, principally the Internationale Lodge. Brother Rees will address the assembly in French in the Arthur Groussier Temple, the main Temple of the GO in the rue Cadet. His subject will be “The Spiritual Way of the Freemason”. link


Julian Rees, aged 75 was educated in London, studied French and German at  London University and, following a military career in post-war Germany, worked in the textile industry. He was initiated in the Kirby Lodge No. 2818 in London in 1968, was Master in 1976/77 and again at the centenary of the Lodge in 1999/2000. He is a holder of the silver matchbox award of the Emulation Lodge of Improvement, and has also served there on the Precepting Committee. He was Master of the German-speaking Pilgrim Lodge No. 238 in 1978/79. He was a regular contributor to the quarterly magazine Freemasonry Today since its founding in 1997 and from 2003 to 2007 he was Deputy and News Editor. In 2003 he delivered the prestigious Wendel K Walker Memorial Lecture in New York, entitled Through Ritual to Enlightenment. He was one of the founding members of The Cornerstone Society, serving as Secretary for a number of years, and has lectured to lodges in this country, in USA and continental Europe. He has been honoured by the Institut Maconnique de France with the Ordre Maconnique de Lafayette. He is the author of Making Light – a Handbook for Freemasons, and The Stairway of Freemasonry – 30 Short Talks and Questions. His two latest works were So You Want To Be a Freemason? and The Tracing Boards of the Three Degrees in Craft Freemasonry Explained.


LML in English is attempting to determine the UGLE attitude to one of its prestigious Brethren addressing an irregular and unrecognised assembly.

Comment on this post

Maitre de Roxanne 11/07/2011 18:08

My friend Julian Rees recently resigned from the UGLE and the three Lodges therein of which he was a member. I am sorry about this, but I understand his reasons. This of course opens the way for
him to be active in other areas.

Arturusrex 11/07/2011 17:39

I believe we will find instances in Lodges of Research in the GLNF (Phoenix, Villard de Honnecourt)where non-masons have given lectures. I think in particular of Marie-Madeleine Davy, with
simultaneous attendance of such as RW Bro Cyril Batham of UGLE. Presumably, therefore, the opposite is possible, that is, for a "recognised" mason to give a lecture in a non-recognised lodge. The
convention in such cases is that the visiting lecturer is ushered in without regalia after the opening of the lodge and ushered out before the closing. Sometimes, it is also asked that all present
doff their regalia during the event. Thus it can be said that whoever it was did not take part in a masonic ceremony. Humbug for the sake of the diehards. So, the only thing that might cause a stir
in the case of RW Bro Rees is the somewhat unnecessary publicity being given to what is not a history-making event!