The Scottish Rite
The local Scottish Rite organization, called a “Valley”, confers the 4th through 32nd Degrees in degree-conferring meetings. The Scottish Rite is sometimes called the “University of Freemasonry” because it uses extensive allegory and drama in its Degrees to explore the philosophy, history, religions, ethics and ultimate truths that guide Freemasons’ lives.
The Scottish Rite shares the belief of all Masonic organizations that there is no higher degree than that of Master Mason. The degrees are in addition to, and in no way “higher” than, those of Blue or Craft Lodge Masonry. Scottish Rite Degrees simply amplify and elaborate on the lessons of the craft, providing further knowledge of Masonry, the building of the Temple and ancient religions with memorable lessons ranging from the days of chivalry to modern times.
The Mission of the Scottish Rite is to improve its members and enhance the communities in which they live by teaching and emulating the Principles of Brotherly Love, Tolerance, Charity and Truth, while actively embracing high social, moral and spiritual values, including fellowship, compassion and dedication to God, family and country.
Human progress is our cause, liberty of thought out supreme wish, freedom of conscience our mission
and the guarantee of equal rights to all people everywhere our ultimate goal. – Scottish Rite Creed