Craftsmen Online Podcast

Craftsmen Online Podcast

Welcome to the Craftsmen Online Podcast! The Craftsmen Online Podcast is the only Masonic podcast endorsed by the Grand Lodge of New York. Worshipful Brother Michael Arce, co-founder of Craftsmen Online, is the voice you hear hosting our podcast. Every Monday morning you’ll be greeted with a fresh episode, packed with insight from our top-notch guests. And we’re not just sticking to the usual topics – we’re unraveling the history of the Craft, diving deep into ritual secrets, exploring the myths and legends, while examining the Sacred Text connections of Masonry. Plus, we’re sneaking in discussions about Masonic leadership, Lodge culture, and even going way beyond the Masonic universe to talk about Comic Books, Table Top Gaming, Artifical Intelligence, and more! Visit our website at www.CraftsmenOnline.com Email the show (yes, we read our email!) Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/craftsmen-online-podcast--4822031/support.

Episodes

April 15, 2024 31 mins
California may be known for sunshine, surfing, and celebrities but the Golden State has a very dark history. Bro. Adam Kendall, a California-based historian and Freemason, guides us through the rise of Freemasonry during the Gold Rush; the powerful figures that followed, and the whispers of violence that haunt its legacy.

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Bro. Jason Short returns to discuss his recent lecture, "The Art of Memory: Mastering Masonic Mnemonics." Join us as we travel back to the Middle Ages to learn when memory and Freemasonry made a connection that has continued throughout time.

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April 1, 2024 39 mins
Call them artisans, do-ers, a master, skilled and talented; we call them Brother. On this episode, we spotlight WB Spencer Hamann, the maker behind The Uncommon Gavel. Bro. Hamann creates bespoke instruments and unique, collector Masonic gavels from beautiful natural timbers. He is an operative craftsman, whose labor and work embody our Masonic principles and teachings.

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Craftsmen Online was established to serve as a source of additional Light in Freemasonry for Brothers around the world. Co-founded by RW Steven Adam Rubin and WB Michael Arce during the early days of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, our goal is to produce Masonic content that focus on Education, History, Leadership, and the Membership Experience. In this episode, we celebrate the 4th anniversary of Craftsmen Online with a look back on t...
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On this episode... hear the Craftsmen Online Reading Room panel (RW Bill Edwards and VW Michael LaRocco featuring RW Cliff Jacobs and Bro. Jason Short) discuss Mackey's Symbolism Of Freemasonry. Chapter 31, "The Lost Word." This program orginally took place on Tuesday, January 30, 2024 on Zoom Meetings.


The Craftsmen Online Reading Room, is a Masonic Reading Group presented in a non-tiled format. These meetings focus on a reading se...
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The Knights Templar and Freemasonry are two organizations that have been shrouded in mystery and speculation for centuries. While there is no direct historical evidence to link the two groups, there are some similarities between them. RW Kurt Morauer, Sr. is my guest this week as we explore the historic Knights Templar and the lore of Templars in Freemasonry.


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Daily Masonic Progress is a new podcast from Craftsmen Online. Join RW Darren Allatt, every Thursday, as he tackles a different aspect of masonic development. He'll share insights, explore historical and philosophical concepts, and offer knowledge that you can implement right away.

A little about our new host: RW Allatt is the Past Grand Junior Warden of United Grand Lodge of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. His...
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Craftsmen Online is launching a new podcast: The Daily Masonic Progress Podcast with Darren Allatt. Each weekly episode will tackle a different aspect of masonic development. We'll share insights, explore historical and philosophical concepts, and offer knowledge that you can implement right away. On this episode, we sit down with Bro. Darren to learn more about his Masonic influences and what we can expect every Thursday morning o...
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WB Lee Katz is my guest as we discuss the phenomenon of one-day Masonic degrees. These events confer all three degrees of Freemasonry on candidates in a single day. This is a significant departure from the traditional method of receiving the first three degrees of Freemasonry, which can take several months or even years. Bro. Lee shares his experience as an "all in a day" Mason and insight on the pros and cons of this practice.

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WB Americo Paez leads us through an exploration on the history of Freemasonry from West and Central African culture to Cuba. Learn how two cultures with no prior contact each possess key social and religious features that are found in Freemasonry.

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February 21, 2024 14 mins
With drink in hand, Bro. Chris Ruli gives us some bonus time to talk Masonic History. Yes! Find out why Benjamin B. French is the most famous Freemason that many outside of the nation's capital have never heard of. And speaking of DC... Bro. Chris tells you what day of the week to visit and where to get the most of a day trip in the District! Enjoy!

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From George Washington to Gerald Ford, many of America's presidents have been linked to the secretive world of Freemasonry. Despite the enduring curiosity surrounding the topic, few have attempted to examine the once intimate connection between the world's oldest fraternity and the American presidency...until now. Bro. Chris Ruli is the past Grand Historian of the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia and the author of "The White...
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From now through Thursday, April 25, Master Masons can join Thursday Night at the Rite, the Scottish Rite Northern Masonic Jurisdiction’s signature virtual degree program. Brother Jim Dill, 33°, is our guest this week and shares what it means to be a Scottish Rite Freemason and what our fraternity offers to Master Masons looking to delve deeper into the study of the Craft.

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February 5, 2024 29 mins
The Scottish Rite Journal Podcast, is the audio companion of publication with the same name from the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction for the United States of America. Bro. Matt Bowers, 32° is the host of the Scottish Rite Journal Podcast and is here to give us a behind the scenes look of his program and virutal walk about in House of the Temple in Washington, DC.

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RW Bill Edwards, 33° MSA, shares his vision on how the John Maxwell Method can be applied to help Brothers apply the important core values of Leadership in all aspects of their life. In his own words, Dr. Maxwell said "Leadership is NOT about Titles, Positions or Flowcharts. It is about one Life influencing Another.” Bro. Bill details how Masons are charged to do the very best with that which lies nearest to you, as your influence ...
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January 22, 2024 32 mins
Bro. Jason Short walks us through his presentation, "From Gavel to Gigabyte," which covers the history of Freemasonry. Hear how social influence and innovations in technology over the past 300 years have shaped the practice of Freemasonry.

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January 15, 2024 34 mins
WB Hank Griffin is the Grand Chaplain for the Grand Lodge of Maryland. As the host of the "You've Been Hanked" Podcast, his bio states: a “writer, storyteller, Latter-day Saint, Freemason, family man, community builder, Parkinson's Warrior - Force of Nature." I'm honored to call him Brother and Friend. Bro. Hank joins us to share his unique perspectives on life, Freemasonry, and beauty.

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WB Michael Arce gets some bonus time with our guest this week, Bro. Rene Perez. WB Arce is able to ask him some questions on Masonic Astrology that he missed on Monday's episode that pertain to gematria and the connections from our Founding Fathers to Masonic symbolism. Numbers don't lie and you might become a believer!

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The Age of Aquarius is more than a line from the musical "Hair." Astrologically, this Great Age will accompany a couple thousand years of harmony, egalitarianism, and understanding. Bro. Rene Perez shares his research into the Age of Aquarius and explains his belief that during this time, humans will begin seeking a deeper connection with deity from within.

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January 1, 2024 40 mins
Our end of the year continues with WB Michael Arce as we countdown the Most Listened to Episodes of the Craftsmen Online Podcast for 2023! Who will be number one? Bro. Arce counts down episodes 5 through 1, click on the links below to listen to the FULL episodes on Spotify.

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5. Examining the Biblical Connections in the EA Degree - Bro. Jason Short
4. The Drama of the Hiramic Legend - RW Samuel Lloyd Kinsey
3. What Candidates...
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