What Is OES:
The Order of
the Eastern Star is an adoptive rite of Freemasonry.
It is based on teachings from the Bible, but is open to
people of all faiths,
with objectives that are
charitable and benevolent. It is the largest fraternal organization in
the world to which both men and women may belong.
Eastern Star is a social order comprised of persons
with spiritual values but it is not a religion. Its appeal rests in the true
beauty of the refreshing and character-building lessons that are so sincerely
portrayed in its ritualistic work. A deep fraternal bond exists between its
members. It is the wholesome relationship of sisterly and brotherly love brought
about through high principles exemplified in our lives, which makes us near and
dear to each other. While this is an Order composed of people of deep
spiritual convictions, it is open to all faiths, except no faith. The personal
welfare of our members is vital to all of those in the Eastern Star and it is
considered a privilege to help another member whenever we can.
Purposes. The stated purposes of the organization
are: Charitable, Educational, Fraternal and Scientific; but there is much more
to it than that. Dr. Rob Morris, the Poet Laureate of Masonry, founded the Order
using beautiful and inspiring biblical examples of heroic conduct and moral
values. These portray the noble principles, which should adorn the personal
lives of Eastern Star members. Eastern Star strives to take good people and
through uplifting and elevating associations of love and service, and through
precept and example, build an Order, which is truly dedicated to charity, truth
and loving kindness.
Q. Is the
Order of the Eastern Star a secret society?
A. No. Secret societies are underground and hard to
find. We are easily found within the community, but we enjoy a
distinctive means of identifying each other. Only members are allowed in
a closed meeting.
Q. Can I
afford membership in the Order of the Eastern Star
A. Yes. Financial position is not considered in the
Order. Members come from all economic stations of life.
Q. Is my
religious faith allowed in the Order of the Eastern Star?
A. Yes. Members of all religions may belong to the
Order of the Eastern Star. We only require a belief in a Supreme Being.
Q. Is the
Order of the Eastern Star time consuming?
A. After your initiation into our Order, you may attend
as your time permits.
Q. Is the
Order patriotic and democratic?
A. Yes. Members are taught an allegiance to preserve
the good of their country.