First International Masonic Workshop in Athens 27th -31st August 2014.

International Workshop Athens 2014.

International Workshop Athens 2014.

As part of the ongoing celebrations for the Centenary Year of The Irish Lodge of Research, I have been invited to address the First Summer International Masonic Workshop, which will be held in the Athens Riviera from the 27th to 31st August 2014. This invitation came from Rt Wor Bro Dimitrios Kontesis, the Past Grand Master of the National Grand Lodge of Greece, and a very active and well known member of The Grand Council of Knight Masons in Dublin. Dimitrios was one of our Guests of Honour at the Centenary Celebrations in February 2014, and raised the possability of a visit to Athens at that time.

RT Wos Bros John Dickson & Dimitrios Kontesis at the CC Centenary Dinner,

RT Wos Bros John Dickson & Dimitrios Kontesis at the CC Centenary Dinner,

The Summer Masonic Workshop is a unique opportunity for Freemasons around the world, as well as for anyone interested in Freemasonry, and their families to meet, get acquainted and discuss options and opinions on Freemasonry, while they enjoy a summer break next to an idyllic beach in Athens Riviera. Participants sharing an interest in the Craft will have the chance, in a casual laid-back atmosphere, to communicate, exchange ideas and thoughts, to see old friends and to make new ones.

The aim of this Workshop is to provide an overview of the most recent topics concerning the Fraternity, such as the role of Freemasonry in the 21st century, Regularity, recognition and fraternal relations, Masonic research etc.

The Workshop, which is not affiliated to any masonic or academic body, focuses to host important discussions, to present different perspectives in modern Freemasonry, to offer options for expression, to bridge the fields of tradition and research, to expose participants to new ideas, to create a transfer of knowledge. The Workshop is not in any way a tyled event nor is there going to be any associated tyled meetings.

Freemasons at Work.

Freemasons at Work.

Programme – Wednesday August 27th, 2014

Arrival to the hotel | Check-in & Registration to the Workshop
19:30 Welcome Cocktail
20:45 Buffet Dinner

– Thursday August 28th, 2014

07:00 – 09:30 Buffet Breakfast
10:00 – 10:10 Workshop opening
10:10 – 10:15 Keynote speaker presentation
10:15 – 11:00 Keynote presentation: Antti Talvitie
Freemasonry: an ever more secular society»
11:00 – 11:15 Questions | Conversation
11:15 – 12:15 Session 1
12:30 – 13:30 Buffet Lunch
13:40 – 13:45 Keynote speaker presentation
13:45 – 14:30 Keynote presentation: Dr. Anna Zarkada
Crafting the Craft’s reputation in the 21st century»
14:30 – 14:45 Questions | Conversation
14:45 – 17:30 Free time for relaxation and leisure

17:45 Departure for a 3-hour afternoon tour to Sounion. We will visit the 5th century BC Temple of Poseidon, with one of the most breathtaking panoramic views in the world. The precipice is a sheer 197 ft. drop to the sea. Land masses to the west stand out in sharp profile: the island of Aegina backed by the mountains of the Peloponnese. The beauty of the surviving Doric columns has inspired many poets, including Lord Byron who carved his name on one of the columns. Return to the hotel after the sunset.

20:45 Buffet Dinner

– Friday August 29th, 2014

07:00 – 09:30 Buffet Breakfast
10:00 – 10:10 Second day opening
10:10 – 10:15 Keynote speaker presentation
10:15 – 11:00 Keynote presentation: Robert Bashford
The Dissemination of Masonic Knowledge in the 21st Century»
11:00 – 11:15 Questions | Conversation
11:15 – 12:15 Session 2
12:30 – 13:30 Buffet Lunch
13:40 – 13:45 Keynote speaker presentation
13:45 – 14:30 Keynote presentation: Dr. Evelin Durie
The Masonic community in Corfu at the time of the Napoleonic occupation (1807-1814). Between a Napoleonic and a ‘local’ lodge»
14:30 – 14:45 Questions | Conversation
14:45 – 17:30 Free time for relaxation and leisure
17:45 – 18:45 Session 3
18:45 – 19:45 Session 4
19:45 – 20:45 Session 5

20:45 Buffet Dinner
Food for thought : Dr. Mike Kearsley, the Honorary Speaker of the Workshop, will present some aspects of his lecture:
1814 – Consolidation and Change. The first year of the United Grand Lodge of England»

– Saturday August 30th, 2014

07:00 – 09:30 Buffet Breakfast
10:00 – 10:10 Third day opening
10:10 – 10:15 Keynote speaker presentation
10:15 – 11:00 Keynote presentation: Dr. Ric Berman
The Grand Architects»
11:00 – 11:15 Questions | Conversation
11:15 – 12:15 Session 6
12:30 – 13:30 Buffet Lunch
13:40 – 13:45 Keynote speaker presentation
13:45 – 14:30 Keynote presentation: John Belton
Revolutionary and Socialist Fraternalism 1848 – 1870: London to the Italian Risorgimento»
14:30 – 14:45 Questions | Conversation
14:45 – 17:30 Free time for relaxation and leisure
17:45 – 18:45 Session 7
18:45 – 19:45 Session 8
19:45 – 20:45 Free time

20:45 Buffet Dinner
22:00 Farewell Party

– Sunday August 31st, 2014

07:00 – 09:30 Buffet Breakfast
10:30 – 10:35 Final day opening
10:35 – 11:30 Session 9
11:30 – 12:30 Session 10
12:30 – 12:40 Workshop closing
12:30 – 13:30 Buffet Lunch

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Sessions 1 to 10 are designed to allow opportunities for ample discussion following the keynote presentations.

Workshop Sessions consist mainly of a mixture of: Thematic Sessions: Individual paper presentations that will be organized into thematic areas. Papers on a common topic, or representing different perspectives on an issue, will be presented sequentially in a session. Roundtable Discussions: Invited distinguished speakers will have an assigned table during a session to review and discuss the most recent topics concerning Freemasonry.

Short paper presentations: Individual delegates will present their short papers.

So Set Your Compass for Athens in August.

So Set Your Compass for Athens in August.

Brethren if you want to learn any more about the Speakers, the Location or any other aspect of the Occasion then please go to the link below :-[

www.masonic-events.org or to the dedicated facebook page facebook.com/masonicevents

Our Workshop Venue.

Our Workshop Venue.

About irishfreemason

Rt Wor Bro Bashford lives in Ireland where he joined the Masonic Order in 1977. He became a Master Mason in 1978 and served as Master of his Mother Lodge, Moyarget No. 280 Irish Constitution in 1990. He was appointed Richard Robinson Memorial Lecturer in the Irish Masonic Province of Antrim in 1992 and 2004. In 1996 he was appointed Grand Master's personal Standard Bearer by Most Wor. Bro Darwin Templeton, G.M. In 2000 he became the Millennium Master of the `irish Lodge of Research No. 200, and in 2001 went on to become Excellent King of the irish Chapter of Research No. 222.He is the current Editor of the Irish Lodge of Research, and has been since 1992, and of the Irish Chapter of Research since 1996. He was appointed Representative of the Grand Lodge of Portugal at the Grand Lodge of Ireland in 2006 ( a ten year appointment), giving him the courtesy title of Right Worshipful Brother. He is currently Provincial Grand Librarian for the Province of Antrim, and Curator of the museum at their headquarters in Belfast.
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