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Our Principles

Co-Freemasonry in the Eastern Order of International Co-Freemasonry affirms, in accordance with the ancient declaration of Freemasonry, the existence of a vital and creative Principle, under suggestive titles such as "The Great Architect of the Universe."

It maintains the open "Volume of the Sacred Lore" in every Lodge, when duly formed for Masonic Purposes.

It maintains the ancient landmarks of Freemasonry and withholds recognition from all irregular and clandestine meetings, or Lodges not holding proper Charter.

It is open to men and women, without distinction of race or religion, who are free, of good report, and of sound mind and strict morals.  It imposes no restrictions on the search for Truth, and to secure that freedom expects tolerance from all its members. Its Lodges and Chapters work to the Glory of the Great Architect of the Universe and to the Perfection of Humanity, according to authorised rituals.

It pledges its members to obedience to the laws of the country, loyalty to the sovereign or supreme body, silence with regard to Masonic secrets, a high standard of honour, and a ceaseless endeavour to promote the welfare of Humanity.

Every Freemason belonging to the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite is bound faithfully to observe the decisions of the Supreme Council to which he or she owes allegiance.