Digital Freemasonry"All Freemasons In One Digital Lodge"
– Zoran Vojnic Tunic –
March, 19 2021
How to become a Digital Freemason?
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Evolution and transformation in Freemasonry
Let us recall how the transformation from operative to speculative Freemasonry took place, as one of the greatest changes that has taken place in the history of Freemasonry so far, followed by constructive dialogue and a systematic approach.
Although there have been operational Masonic lodges in the British Island since the 13th century, only four London lodges met and announced the founding of the first Grand Lodge of England on St. John the Baptist, June 24, 1717, in London.
Let us look briefly at the systematic and constructive approach and constructive dialogue that preceded the adoption of the Book of the Constitution.
- June 24, 1718 Grand Master Georges Payne asked the brothers to submit and hand over all old writings and documents about construction and masons to the Grand Lodge in order to learn the customs of ancient times.
- September 29, 1721, Grand Master Montague, noticed certain shortcomings in the Gothic constitutions, issued an order to Brother James Anderson to review and put all of them together in a better and new way. Anderson accepted this great responsibility and compiled the manuscript, which he submitted to a special commission consisting of 14 brothers.
- March 26, 1722, the Grand Lodge met and the Commission of 14 Brothers reported that Brother Anderson’s manuscript had been reviewed and approved after several corrections, and the Grand Master was proposed to be submitted to the press.
- January 17, 1723 Grand Warden Anderson publishes The Constitutions of the Free-Masons, which consists of three parts: 1. History of Freemasonry, 2. Duties and 3. Regulations.
Opinions about the origin of Freemasonry are different and often opposed, although it seeks and finds arguments in the same historical sources. Without going into numerous legends about the origin of freemasonry, it is worth highlighting one well-argued fact, which is its first major transformation from an operational to a speculative form.
Digital Freemasonry is a new direction
By carefully observing and analyzing the history of freemasonry, we can very clearly see which key elements preceded and influenced the first, and to a good extent the second great transformation from speculative to digital form:
1. The first reason is definitely that Freemasonry lost strength, influence, and especially the number of members before the transformation itself. Some historical authors state about that period, that Freemasonry at that time “fell to its lowest branches”. Also, the declining trend of membership at the world level in the last decades is more than obvious.
2. The second key reason is that “new masters were coming and a different way of building, with more modern technology”. Even the need for intensive restoration of London, after the great fire of 1661, failed to restore the old strength and glory to the masons’ guild.
3. As a third reason, it can be emphasized that it began to be noticed that the society of freemasons cannot be maintained only on members who are accepted from the operational ranks, but that it is necessary to accept laymen as full members. Today, we cannot ignore the digital generation and bring Masonry closer to them in a “digital” way that is acceptable and understandable to them.
4. A number of irregularities were observed in the files and in the disordered basic documents. It was necessary to make a complete revision of them, in order to shape the illogicalities and irregularities that appeared and “crept in” over time into the fundamental acts of Freemasonry, which was done through the adopted and approved “Book of the Constitution” from 1723.
If we know that one fact is indisputable in the history of Freemasonry, and that is the first great transformation, that is, the transformation from an operative to a speculative form, then we now also know that another fact is also indisputable, and that is that the second great transformation took place, that is – ITS TRANSFORMATION FROM SPECULATIVE TO DIGITAL FORM.
To further clarify this point I will use a quote from the Constitution adopted on October 22, 1775 at the General Assembly held in Brezovica, near Zagreb, Croatia, in the castle of Count Ivan Drašković, when the reformed Masonic system Libertas was founded, originally named “Latomia Libertatis sub corona Hungariae in Provinciam redakta” (Reformed Freemasonry of the province of Freedom, known to the wider Freemasonry community as “Drašković’s Observation”):
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The second major transformation from Speculative to Digital Freemasonry began on 19.03.2021 at the First General Assembly “The World Union of Sovereign Lodges – Libertas 5775”.
For the purpose of preservation and further development, we are building new digital tools adapted to the new digital age, both for the benefit of current and future generations of Freemasons.
DECLARATION ON THE FOUNDATION AND FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF DIGITAL FREEMASONRY
“Respecting the obligation to preserve the original rules and basic principles of Freemasonry, which originate partly from the operative Freemasonry from the early Middle Ages, and fully regulated rules during the transformation into speculative form, we note that the process of transformation into digital form of Freemasonry began on March 19, 6021. A.L. at the first General Assembly of the “World Union of Sovereign Lodges – LIBERTAS 5775”, and fully completed and realized by the adoption of this Declaration on March 19, 6022. A.L. at the second General Assembly of the “World Union of Sovereign Lodges – LIBERTAS 5775” as the highest fundamental act of Digital Freemasonry and the adopted documents in the form of Regulations which form an integral part of this Declaration.
We do not intend to diminish any of the original rules, traditions, fundamental principles, rituals, or symbolism by arranging Freemasonry into digital form, because our respect for them is so great that we gladly admit that we are unworthy to introduce even the slightest novelty or change to them.
We have constructed new digital tools fitted to the new digital age, for the benefit of future generations of Freemasons, in order to preserve and further develop the changes in the entire society caused by universal digitization, and the changes it brings in all aspects of life, including Freemasonry. We define Digital Freemasonry as the third form of Freemasonry, after the operative and speculative form, from which it was transformed.
It is decentralized in its way of organization, which completely distinguishes and separates it from the previous two forms. This further means that there is no central leadership, but decisions are made by the Official Digital Freemasonry Community (hereinafter: ODFC) that has gathered around this Declaration and a certain set of rules governed by special Regulations. The Regulations are issued by ODFC and / or LIBERTAS 5775 LLC depending on the competencies, which are defined in the following text of this Declaration in the section “Regularity and digital tools”. For the purpose of clarity and understanding, Speculative and Digital forms of Freemasonry work parallel one
to another, shoulder to shoulder, but each with its own unique characteristics. These two forms don’t necessarily exclude one another; rather, they intertwine and coexist with the same higher goals, and that is the construction of man and the human race to humanity with faith in The Great Architect of the Universe.”
You can read the full text of the Declaration at the following link: https://declaration.digitalfreemasonry.com
1st DIGITAL FREEMASONRY SUMMIT
18 and 19 March 2023 in Zagreb, Croatia
PROGRAM OF THE FIRST DAY OF THE SUMMIT
(Saturday, 18.03.6023 A.L.)
Topic: “Speculative Freemasonry in the Digital Era”
- Bro. NICHOLAS BROADWAY – (Essex, United Kingdom) – Stonewell Lodge No. 9137, United Grand Lodges of England (UGLE)
- Bro. ANGELO MISTRETTA – (Palermo, Italy) – Lodge Keter 1488, Grand Orient of Italy (GOI)
- Bro. MICHEL PICANDET – (Nice, France) – Grand Maître Mondial Souverain Sanctuaire International des Marches de Burgondi
- Bro. MATTEO NUGNES – (Bucharest, Romania) From “Aether Lodge”
- Bro. XHELIL BAJRAMI – (Tirana, Albania) From “Old Charges Lodge”
- Bro. CREAGH WARREN – (London, United Kingdom) – Grecian Lodge No. 3718 United Grand Lodges of England (UGLE)
- Bro. S. LJ. – (Belgrade, Serbia) – Past Grand Master, The Grand Sovereign Lodge of Dacia – Serbia
- Bro. “SEBASTIAN” – (Zagreb, Croatia) – Grand Master, Grand Regular Lodge “King Dmitri Zvonimir”
PROGRAM OF THE SECOND DAY OF THE SUMMIT
(Sunday, 19.03.6023 A.L.)
Topic: “Digital Freemasonry as a new direction”
- Bro. ZORAN VOJNIC TUNIC – (Zagreb, Croatia) – Grand Master of the Grand Sovereign Lodge of Croatia LIBERTAS A.D. 1775, member of the ODFC
- Bro. IVAN IVANIŠEVIĆ – (Zagreb, Croatia) – Worshipful Master, Lodge Hieronymus Or. Zagreb, member of the ODFC
- SUKHPREET SINGH – (Toronto, Canada) – CEO at Gyan Consulting Enterprise, Blockchain and Digital transformation
- Bro. ŽELJKO J. – (Zagreb, Croatia) From Lodge Hieronymus Or. Zagreb, member of the ODFC
- Bro. SINIŠA PEROTIĆ – (Novi Sad, Serbia) – Grand Digital Lodge of Serbia, member of the ODFC
- Bro. MARIN Ž. – (Zagreb, Croatia) From Lodge Hieronymus Or. Zagreb, member of the ODFC
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In order for the wider Freemasonry community to become more familiar with Digital Freemasonry, we have decided to enable everyone to download a digital edition with all lectures at the Summit.
The regularity of the digital form of Freemasonry derives exclusively from Declaration and the Appendices in the form of specially adopted Regulations.
For the purpose of clarity and understanding, Speculative and Digital forms of Freemasonry work parallel one to another, shoulder to shoulder, but each with its own unique characteristics. These two forms don’t necessarily exclude one another; rather, they intertwine and coexist with the same higher goals, and that is the construction of man and the human race to humanity with faith in The Great Architect of the Universe.
Digital tools within Digital Freemasonry are a set of selected and adopted mobile applications, websites, digital platforms and systems, blockchain smart contracts, NFT’s, avatars, tokens, digital wallets, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and metaverses.
Building digital tools in three phases
Is the first and basic digital tool built in blockchain technology (dApp).
NFTs play a big role in transparency and that is why their application is very important.
A unique and spectacular space, but it is primarily a new home for all Freemasons.
NFT Collection “Founder of Digital Freemasonry”
This first collection is extremely special, unique and therefore very valuable, because it brings a unique status and classifies every owner of the NFT as the “Founder of Digital Freemasonry”.
The collection is only 333 NFTs.
The collection consists of four categories: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Premium, and each category is represented by one of four elements: earth, air, water and fire.
You can become the owner of one or more NFTs from this first collection of “Founders of Digital Freemasonry”. NFTs are available at the following link: https://nft.digitalfreemasonry.com
A double historic chance
The first angle of historical chance is best described by the following quote from Bro. Ronald J. Watkins: “Freemasonry faces another century of challenges, but within those challenges there are also opportunities, opportunities unprecedented in their value to the Craft. If these opportunities are properly recognized and if they are treated responsibly, the craft will experience a renaissance the likes of which it has not experienced since the eighteenth century.”
The second angle of the historical chance is stated in the Declaration itself: “The historical chance that appeared is reflected in the decentralized organizational form. In history, the most common reason for schisms and disagreements within Freemasonry organizations was precisely the centralized form of its organization”.