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, with more to come in the future), 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 for 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
    · La Confederación Masónica Interamericana
    · The World Conference of Regular Masonic Grand Lodges

    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.

King Solomon's Pass

  • What is "King Solomon's Pass"?

    King Solomon's Pass is a time-saving, secure complement to a physical dues card, that allows Freemasons around the world to have a common way to share their status as Masons in Good Standing in their Grand Lodge.

    Many Masons already use digital passes for everything from paying for coffee at Starbucks to showing their boarding pass at the airport, and bringing this well-tested technology to the Craft is a natural extension of today's digital world.

    Do you already have an Amity account? If so, check out King Solomon's Pass for yourself at https://i.travelsafely.app. Not registered yet? Download the app now and get started!

  • How do I Use King Solomon's Pass?

    Using King Solomon's Pass is simple...

    > To view your own profile, log in with your Amity credentials at https://i.travelsafely.app. Your profile will appear, along with your current membership status as best we are able to determine it.

    > To share your membership status with another Mason, log in with your Amity credentials at https://i.travelsafely.app and click "Pass." Show that to any other Mason with a smartphone, and they'll be able to scan it to load your membership.

    > To view someone else's membership, use your smartphone to scan their Pass -- their profile will automatically load in your phone's web browser.

    > To lock your Pass, get notifications when your Pass is scanned, or to change your profile photo, log in at https://i.travelsafely.app and click "Settings."

    Phone-specific notes: iPhones have a QR scanner already built in to the phone's camera... just focus your camera on their Pass, and tap the notification that pops up. Androids don't have this built into the platform, but the scanner built into the site at https://i.travelsafely.app will launch the pass for you.

  • Does King Solomon's Pass Replace my Dues Card?

    No, King Solomon's Pass is not a replacement for your Grand Lodge-issued Membership Card.

    Amity offers King Solomon's Pass to address a key challenge with physical cards: if your membership status changes, your physical dues card does not (until it is reissued). A suspended Brother could carry a “valid” dues card until it expires, and no one would be the wiser. With King Solomon's Pass the Brother’s correct status is always shown, current as of the second that the Pass is viewed.

    King Solomon's Pass offers several other benefits that physical cards don't, such as the ability to turn off the Pass (so that no personal data can be obtained); the ability to receive notifications every time the Pass is scanned; and the ability to see in real time if the Pass holder can visit your Lodge. Brothers can also add a photo to their Pass profile, providing yet another way to verify that the Pass holder is in fact who they claim to be.

    Try it out for yourself at https://i.travelsafely.app.

  • Does King Solomon's Pass show my Current Status?

    Yes, that's possible!

    Amity has the ability to integrate with your Grand Lodge's membership system to provide real-time status checking, and in these cases King Solomon's Pass would show your current status as reported by your Grand Lodge... just log in at https://i.travelsafely.app to find out. If this integration has been established, then your Pass will show a green Good Standing result; if not, you'll see a yellow Needs Review.

    To be clear: if any Grand Lodge chooses not to enable real time status checking, our system clearly states that it cannot provide an official status, and the viewer is directed to confirm the Brother’s membership status using standard methods (based on local Masonic protocol).

    Most importantly, please remember: your Grand Secretary is always the final authority on matters of recognition and membership for your Grand Lodge.

  • Does King Solomon's Pass replace my Traveling Papers?

    Absolutely not!

    King Solomon's Pass is a secure, time-saving complement to your Grand Lodge's dues card, not a replacement. You should always follow whatever protocol your Grand Lodge requires for visiting other Lodges or Grand Lodges.

  • Is King Solomon's Pass Secure?

    King Solomon's Pass is more secure than any physical dues card available. There are a number of reasons why:

    - King Solomon's Pass is stored on your locked cell phone, not on a card visible to anyone who picks it up.
    - All data used by King Solomon's Pass is transmitted using an encrypted HTTPS connection.
    - If you lose your phone, you can log in to your Pass and lock it so that no one else can use it.
    - You have the option to receive an email every time your Pass is scanned.
    - You can add a photo to your Pass, which is one more way to verify that you are in fact who you claim to be.

  • How Much does King Solomon's Pass cost?

    King Solomon's Pass is free!

    Anyone with a free Amity account also has access to King Solomon's Pass. We believe that helping Freemasons travel will benefit the Craft as a whole, and are offering this service at no cost to help realize that vision. Check out the basics for more about why Amity is free.

    The QR Codes associated with King Solomon's Pass are also available to Grand Lodges at no cost for integration with physical dues cards. Please contact us if you would like to learn more about providing your membership with this revolutionary free tool.

    An important note: there is no such thing as an “Amity membership” or “Amity dues” -- we are not a Lodge or a Grand Lodge, nor do we claim to be.

  • Can King Solomon's Pass be used by my Grand Lodge?

    Absolutely!

    King Solomon's Pass already integrates with almost 50 Grand Lodges around the world, and if we haven't integrated with yours yet, we'd like to! As a free service for both Brothers and Grand Lodges, there's really no reason not to.

    Please contact us if you'd like more information about how we can work with your Grand Lodge to support you.