I am ecstatic to announce that I have been invited to speak at the Masonic Restoration Foundation 4th Annual Symposium which will be taking place on August 16-18, 2013 in Manchester, New Hampshire. It is being hosted by Phoenix Lodge No. 105 and coordinated by my friend and Brother Paul C. Smith. WB Paul was kind enough to release the speakers list for the Symposium with more details following. Here are the topics and presenters:
"The Middle Chamber: The State of Observant Masonry Today"
by WB Andrew Hammer
"The Magic of Masonry: Pathways to Apotheosis"
by WB Kirk White
"Visionary Leadership: How to Achieve Your T.O. Goals"
by WB Robert Herd
"Admit Him If Properly Clothed: The Evolution of the Masonic Apron in America"
by WB Patrick Craddock
"Recapturing the Educational Legacy of Traditional Observance"
by WB Piers A. Vaughn
"A Survey of the Creation, Rise, Progress, and Future of the Masonic Restoration Foundation"
by WB Mark A. Tabbert
"The Potential for Advancement of Masonic Knowledge in the Age of New Media"
by Bro. Kyle Ferguson (yours truly)
"Remove Not the Ancient Landmarks: A Classical and Traditional Vision for Lodge Observance"
by WB Shawn Eyer
And, last but not least, the Keynote Speaker will be no other than RWB Thomas W. Jackson, Past Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, current Executive Secretary for the World Conference of Masonic Grand Lodges, eminent Masonic scholar, and all around nice guy!
I am beyond honored to be asked to speak alongside these great Masons. I remember attending the 2nd Annual Symposium in Alexandria, VA not long after I became a Mason. It had such a positive effect on me and changed the way I would view Freemasonry. Now, two years later, I have the distinct honor of presenting at this fantastic gathering of some of the best Freemasons in the country. I cannot contain my excitement and am very much looking forward to hearing some fantastic presentations and making some new friends in the process.
As WB Paul releases more information, I will post it here.