Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

The Basics

  • What is Amity?

    Amity is a revolutionary mobile app that finally brings modern technology to the Craft. Our goal is to connect Freemasons around the world, and we're doing that by making it easier to visit other Lodges. From finding Lodges to proving your membership status to documenting your visit, we want to help you get the best experience out of your travels.

  • Is Amity really free?

    Absolutely!

    There are things that you can buy in the app if you choose to (for example, the MSA's Short Talk Bulletin), but the core features of the app are completely free.

  • Is Amity approved by my Grand Lodge?

    Amity supports over 300 Grand Lodges around the world, and many of them have explicitly endorsed our app for use by their members. In particular, we are working with the following conferences towards formal adoption by their membership:

    · The Conference of Grand Masters of Masons of North America
    · La Confederación de Grandes Logias Regulares de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos

    If you have questions about a specific Grand Lodge, please contact us for specifics.

Finding Lodges

  • How do I find a Lodge using Amity?

    Once you've downloaded the app, registered, and confirmed your email address, just tap the "Lodges" icon at the top right of the home screen. You can search in two ways:

    · By entering a city and country, and searching for Lodges in a radius around that location.
    · By providing your device's location, and searching for Lodges in a radius around you.

    Click the "Search" button, and any Lodges in the area will be displayed in a list. You can then click any of them to learn more about it.

  • Do you need my location?

    Absolutely not!

    We're tired of big social media platforms stalking us, so we've made a simple promise to you: you'll be able to use Amity without giving us your location. And if you choose to, we'll be clear about how we use it (or don't use it).

  • Why isn't my Lodge listed?

    We're sorry about the oversight... it's probably just human error! We've tracked down information on over 40,000 Lodges, but we'll be the first to admit that we've missed a few. Drop us a line with the following information and we'll be happy to add it:

    · Your Grand Lodge's Name
    · Your Lodge's Name and Number
    · Your Lodge's Street Address

    If you'd like to provide it, we can also take your Lodge's charter date; email address; website; phone number; meeting days/times and lat/long.

    If your Grand Lodge is not listed, we may need to speak directly with your Grand Master or Grand Secretary. Amity is currently focused on the largest branch of Freemasonry, which is loosely defined as adhering to the principles of Regularity promulgated by what is now the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE). Recognition by UGLE is not a prerequisite for being listed in Amity, but in general your Grand Lodge should be a member of one of the following:

    · The European Conference of Grand Lodges
    · The Conference of Grand Masters of Masons of North America (CoGMNA)
    · The Conference of Grand Masters of Prince Hall Masons
    · Confederación de Grandes Logias Regulares de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos
    · Confederação Maçônica do Brasil (COMAB)
    · Confederação da Maçonaria Simbólica do Brasil (CMSB)
    · Confederación Masónica Centroamericana (CMCA)
    · Confederación Masónica Interamericana (CMI)
    · The World Conference of Regular Masonic Grand Lodges

  • Why are some Lodges listed in red?

    Search results listed in red mean that your Grand Lodge does not recognize the Grand Lodge that those Lodges are subordinate to... which, in short, means you can't visit them.

    We list these Lodges for your awareness -- if you're standing in front of a building with a Square and Compasses on it, we'd rather let you know it's off limits than pretend there's nothing there.

  • How do I update information about a Lodge?

    It's easy... just send us a note and we'll be happy to make an update for you. We're also working on the ability for you to do this directly in the app, so stay tuned for that!

Checking Amity

  • How do I use Amity as a Tiler's Book?

    Once you've downloaded the app, registered, and confirmed your email address, just tap the "Amity" icon at the top left of the home screen. Select the country (and state, if available) of the Grand Lodge you're looking for, and then select the Grand Lodge... your recognition status will load automatically.

    Note: If your Grand Lodge has certified that our data is correct, the app will say so. If it says "Source: Amity Team Research", that means that this information is well-informed, but unofficial.

    Once you've found the overall status between your Grand Lodges, you can also search for a specific Lodge and see whether it has a charter. Just search on the Lodge's exact name OR number (for example, "Potomac", or "5", but not "Potomac 5" or "Potomac Lodge") and the system will tell you what data we have. Once you find the Lodge you're looking for, you can also tap it to learn more about it.