The founding of the Union of Regular Lodges for France has already been announced on LML in English.
This development is moving ahead in all respects at considerable speed and requires a rapid decision from all our lodges.
We remind you that lodges can adhere and individual masons can adhere equally, to the Union of Regular Lodges for France.
We also remind you that it is not necessary to inform the GLNF or any other body of your decision, except, of course, the Union (ULRF)
As we move towards a federation of lodges grouped together under their rites, a new classification of lodges and brethren registered will gradually take place with full concertation of all concerned. The important thing is to get started. But you need to know the philosophy and Masonic intentions behind all this.
Here we give you in English some of the essential founding declarations behind the event. This week, probably, the Statutes will be published. These will apply to what will most probably become the next French “Obedience” (i), to which you are invited, as lodges or as individual masons, to adhere.
“Obedience” is the word used in France and in other Continental countries, to designate the civil association registered under the law of the country which underlies the Masonic Craft Order of the same name. It is often used to designate the Masonic body in question as a whole.
Just to tell you who the sponsors of the lodges are, now well over 600, there are the spontaneous adherents, joined by those who follow the French Rite declaration, and now, today, the declaration of the A&AS Rite. (REAA)
ORIGINS OF THE ULRF
The W.M. of a lodge made an appeal resuming our dilemma and concluding:
It is no longer possible to count on the institutions of the GLNF… to hope for a re-founding of it. We must now join together to organize our future and assemble all those that believe we have a future in common.
Following the break down in relations between the GLNF and the UGLE and the provisional suspension of recognition by the former, possibly leading to a definitive loss of regularity which is a founding principle of Traditional Free Masonry,
Desirous of founding a safe haven for the Regularity of our Lodges and Brethren
Firm set on recovering international recognition as soon as possible
We, Masons Free of the GLNF, will form a Union of the Regular Lodges of France whose founding principles shall be as follow and which each signatory commits and promises to defend and respect.
- Free Masons meet together and labour TTGOTGAOTU in the presence of the Three Grand Luminaries, the VSL, the Sq and the C.;
- They submit to the Ancient Landmarks, customs and usages of the universal Masonic Order.
- Respecting the liberty of free thought of their members, they particularly commit to forbidding political, religious or socio-political discussion in their midst.
- Ambitious to protect their ideals of Brotherhood, Love and initiatory and spiritual research, they exalt humility and organize their functioning along the lines of simplicity with respect for the brethren and lodges.
- They consider the rite they practise to be the only way ahead for their initiatory progression within that rite and promise to guard and preserve its particular identity, usages and customs, while also acknowledging an equivalent dignity for all the other rites.