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The Initiatic Experience in Freemasonry Today

Join us at the Semi-Annual Meeting of the Philalethes Society for a joint symposium with the Phylaxis Society on some of the most important issues in contemporary Freemasonry.

Keynote Speakers

The Resurgence of Interest in the Initiatic Experience in California Masonry
Allan Casalou
Grand Secretary,
Grand Lodge of California
Masonic Initiation: The Transformation
Alton G. Roundtree
Noted Masonic author
and Prince Hall Mason

Other Presenters

Comparative Fraternalism: The Difference between Induction & Initiation
Jordan Yelinek
Master, Northern California
Research Lodge
Initiation: The Business in which We Are Engaged
Tom Worrel
Masonic author
John B. Williams
President, The Phylaxis Society

Masonic Art & Artifacts: The Culture of Initiation
Adam G. Kendall
Librarian, Henry Wilson Coil
Masonic Library
Set Your Face to the East: The Pursuit of Initiatic Efficacy in Observant Masonry
Shawn Eyer
Editor, Philalethes magazine

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Venue & Lodging

The symposium will be held Saturday, August 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the San Francisco Scottish Rite Center. Lunch is $10, payable at the door.

The hotel for the conference is the Hampton Inn at Daly City, located between the airport and the SF Scottish Rite. There is no group rate. Attendees should make individual reservations with the hotel. Registering online using our form does not create a hotel reservation.


Hampton Inn, Daly City
2700 Junipero Serra Blvd
Daly City CA 94015-1634


San Francisco Scottish Rite Center
2850 19th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132

Register Now

Register Online using our convenient form.

For questions about this event, contact John L. Cooper III,, 650-224-9189.