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Shades Valley Masonic Lodge #829
Birmingham, AL

By helping each other, we make ourselves better.

We hope you’ll take your time and explore our site. Here you can find information on our lodge and Masonry.

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About SvL#829

The lodge was founded in September of 1921 and granted a charter December 1921.  Our current lodge was erected in 1956.  Since its inception, Shades Valley Lodge has been home to many of Birmingham, Alabama’s great men. We hope you’ll take a few minutes explore our site. Here you can find information on our lodge and our many activities, from social events to fundraising.

Shades Valley Lodge holds its stated meetings every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. unless indicated otherwise in the Calendar.

What Is Masonry?

What Freemasonry Is

Freemasonry is the world’s oldest and largest Fraternity. Its history and tradition date to antiquity. Its singular purpose is to make good men better. Its bonds of friendship, compassion and brotherly love have survived even the most devise political, military and religious conflicts through the centuries. Freemasonry is neither a forum nor a place for worship. Instead, it is a friend of all religions which are based on the belief in one God.

Who Freemasons Are

Many of our nation’s early patriots were Freemasons, as well as thirteen signers of the Constitution and fourteen Presidents of the United States, beginning with George Washington.

Today, the more than four million Freemasons around the world come from virtually every occupation and profession. Within the Fraternity, however, they all meet as equals. They come from diverse political ideologies, but they meet as friends. They come from virtually every religious belief, but they all believe in one God.

One of the most fascinating aspects of Freemasonry has always been: how so many men, from so many different walks of life, can meet together in peace, never have any political or religious debates, always conduct their affairs in harmony and friendship, and call each other “Brother!”

What Freemasons Do

Freemasons are respectable citizens who are taught to conform to the moral laws of society and to abide by the laws of the government under which they live. They are men of charity and good works. They remain unchallenged as “the world’s greatest philanthropy!”

The Freemasons of America contribute more than one million dollars every day to charitable causes which they, alone, have established. These services to mankind represent an unparalleled example of the humanitarian commitment and concern of this unique and honorable Fraternity.

The Masonic Degrees

The Candidate attends three meetings to receive the three Masonic Degrees, concluding with the Third (or Master Mason) Degree. The Degrees are solemn, enlightening, and enjoyable experiences with no uncomfortable or embarrassing moments. It is here where the principles of Freemasonry are taught and where the new member learns that his family and his own necessary vocations are to be considered above Freemasonry. Every Master Mason is welcomed as a “Brother” in any of the thousands of Regular Masonic Lodges throughout the world.