Friday, June 23rd 2023

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Friday Night Philosopher's Guild

The Friday Night Philosopher's Guild

Join the Friday Night Philosopher's Guild for a guided discussion of the meaning of modern day Freemasonry and a group exploration of the needs and wants of 21st century fraternalism. All attendees will receive a program notebook to collect thoughts and take notes about the information we uncover. Pizza will be served.


Fri 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
30 max

Saturday, June 24th 2023

9:00 am - 9:30 am Welcome

The official opening of the Red River Masonic Con, and a welcome from our Grand Master, Glen Chaney. Misc. Announcements to open the event.


Kris Travis

Sat 9:00 am - 9:30 am

Official Welcome

Glen Chaney

Most Worshipful Glen Chaney, Grand Master of the WM Grand Lodge of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Oklahoma Glen joined Masonry in 1999 and has served as WM at Triangle #548 and at Lawton #183, both located in Lawton OK. A York Rite Knight Templar, served as Commander of The Lawton Commandery four separate years. Current Grand Generalissimo of the Grand Commandery. Past High Priest of the Lawton Chapter #44 and Past Illustrious Master of Lawton Council #21. 32° Scottish Rite, Valley of Guthrie. KYCH, Priory #9. York Rite College, and S. R. I. C. F. Member. Deputy Grand Lecturer for Dist. 10, 32, 33, and 34 of the MW GL of Oklahoma.
Sat 9:00 am - 9:30 am

9:30 am - 10:15 am Morning Keynote

Nurturing the American Masonic Renaissance

Chuck Dunning

Freemasonry in North America is undergoing a transformation. As a fraternity, we first became conscious of it with the decline in membership and financial resources, and then in the disrepair and loss of temples and lodges. This presentation reflects on how we can move through our grief to embrace and nurture the rebirth that is already underway.

Chuck Dunning is an advocate, facilitator, trainer, and consultant in contemplative practice, with more than 30 years in the professional fields of higher education and mental health, as well as in Masonry, Rosicrucianism, and other currents in the Western esoteric traditions. Chuck’s consistent commitment is to the actual practice of contemplative disciplines to facilitate and enhance experiences of personal growth, social wellbeing, and spiritual initiation and transformation. With that aim, he has authored A Rose Croix Oratory: Rosicrucian Reflections and Resources from a Knight of the Eagle and Pelican (2023), The Contemplative Lodge: A Manual for Masons Doing Inner Work Together (2021), and Contemplative Masonry: Basic Applications of Mindfulness, Meditation, and Imagery for the Craft (2016). Chuck was also a contributing author in The Art and Science of Initiation (2019), and he has authored numerous articles for Masonic magazines and journals. In February of 2023, Chuck received the rare honor of being made a member at sight in the Allied Masonic Degrees by Sovereign Grand Master Aaron Shoemaker. In 2021, his book, Contemplative Masonry, was recognized as third in the Top 10 Masonic Books of the New Millennium (so far) by the readers of Fraternal Review magazine. In 2019, the College of Freemasonry in Rochester, New York presented Chuck with the Thomas W. Jackson Masonic Education Award for fraternal leadership in Masonic research and esoteric study. In 2018, the Southern California Research Lodge recognized him as being among the Top Ten Esoteric Masonic Authors. Chuck’s Craft lodge memberships include his mother lodge, Haltom City-Riverside #1331 (Texas), and Albert Pike #162 (Oklahoma). He is also an honorary member of Sophia #767 (North Carolina) and Ancient York #89 (New Hampshire). Chuck’s Scottish Rite memberships are in the Valleys of Fort Worth, Texas and Guthrie, Oklahoma, and his York Rite memberships are in Texas Chapter #362 and Texas Council #321, both in Fort Worth. Chuck is the founding Superintendent of the Academy of Reflection, which is a chartered organization for Scottish Rite Masons who integrate contemplative practice with their Masonic experience. Chuck is also a co-founder, trainer, and facilitator for the Masonic Legacy Society, which freely introduces the inner work of Masonry through online documents and facilitated activities and training. He is also a Full Member of both the Texas and Oklahoma Lodges of Research, and a member of the Philalethes Society, the Masonic Society, and the Scottish Rite Research Society. As a professional, Chuck retired in 2018 from serving as a student affairs administrator and adjunct faculty member at Texas Christian University (TCU). His student affairs work at TCU focused on student development in leadership, mentoring, and holistic wellbeing. As an adjunct faculty member, he taught and supervised in the master’s program in counselor education. In 2017, Chuck’s work in dialogue training at TCU was honored with the prestigious Michael R. Ferrari Award for Distinguished University Service and Leadership. He currently works part-time as a counselor and psychotherapist in private practice. Chuck also volunteers his time as a member of the advisory committee and as a contemplative coach for the TCU Contemplative Studies program. He holds a master’s degree in counseling and a bachelor’s in psychology, both from the University of North Texas. A native of the Fort Worth area, Chuck lives with his spouse of 35 years, Susan, and their cat, Birdie, northwest of Fort Worth near Eagle Mountain Lake. Aside from his contemplative pursuits, he enjoys outdoor activities like backpacking, dinner and games with loved ones, and leisurely conversations facilitated by a good cigar and glass of whisky.
Sat 9:30 am - 10:15 am

10:30 am - 12:00 pm Lodge of Research Meeting

No workshops in this session.

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm Lunch

No workshops in this session.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Afternoon In-Depth Research

The Calm Before the Storm.

Josef Wäges

From the French Rite to the Scottish Rite. A history of Freemasonry in Saint Domingue from 1740-1804.

Josef Wäges, 32°, BF, FPS, FGCR and KGC, a member of Plano Lodge No 768,the Valley of Dallas (AASR SJ), the Blue Friars, a Fellow of the Philalèthes Society, a Fellow of the Grand College of Rites and Knight Grand Cross, a full member of the Texas Lodge of Research, Michigan Lodge of Research, and a life member of the Missouri Lodge of Research. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Scottish Rite Research Society. Additionally, he is the editor of The Secret School of Wisdom, the Authentic Rituals and Doctrines ofthe Illuminati, L'École secrète de sagesse, Rituels et doctrines authentiquesdes Illuminati: Une école secrète de Sagesse, On Materialism and Idealism, The Green Book of the Élus Coën, The Master’s Voice, and Les Élus Parfaits une Aventuré Transatlantique en 2 volumes. He is currently preparing the forthcoming books, Ecossais Masonry: A Historyof the High Degrees from the Scots Master to the Order of the Royal Secret, for the SRRS as well as future projects such as, The rituals of the Gold and Rosy Cross, The 1815 Emulation Lodge of Reconciliation Rituals, The English high degrees of the 18th Century, and a number of others.
Sat 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm Motivational Topic

We don't have a membership problem...

Daniel Hanttula

Since time immemorial, Freemasonry has bemoaned the loose hinges on the west gate door. But what other organization have you ever seen that contributes more manpower, more money and more talent? Our problems are not membership issues - we need to improve how we Master our Masons to truly turn our dying fraternity into the thriving organization it needs to be.

Daniel Hanttula is a Past Master of the Oklahoma Lodge of Research (2022), Veritas Lodge No. 556 (2015) and Norman Lodge No. 38 (2012). He has served as a presiding officer of all three Norman York Rite Bodies, the Past Commander's Association of Oklahoma, the Knight Masons, the Allied Masonic Degrees (Paul T. Million Chapter) and the Guthrie Knights of Saint Andrew, He currently serves as the Preeminent Governor of the York Rite College.
Sat 2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm Afternoon Esoterics

The Symbolism of the Skull

Alex G. Powers

Is the skull Masonic? Many will emotionally argue “no” but the fact is the skull is a symbol that has been associated with Freemasonry since the very beginning. But the skull is also not strictly Masonic either. It has been used throughout the ages by the initiated and the profane alike in various different esoteric traditions, religious observances, and even everyday citizens. Love it or hate it, the skull has a powerful story to tell that will outlive us all. In this presentation, we explore the history and symbolism behind the iconic skull and the relation it holds to Freemasonry.

Right Worshipful Alex G. Powers is an active fifth-generation Freemason based out of Area Eight of the Grand Lodge of Kansas. He is a Past Master, Past DDGM, Past ADGM and currently serving as Director of the Kansas Lodge of Research and a committee member for the Masonic Education Committee and Publications Committee. While an avid student of various mysteries and rites, Masonic history sparked his deepest-lying interest, which has in many ways expanded his connection to the fraternity overall. Brother Powers is a recipient of the Master’s Achievement Award (2018) as well as the Grand Master’s Distinguished Service Medal (2021). He is a published author and the founding host of the Historical Light Masonic Podcast which he founded in 2016. The show is devoted to illuminating the proud history of Freemasonry through his interviews of prominent Masons from around the world. He also regularly promotes, mentors, and lectures on various Masonic topics, including practical applications for Historical archival and digitization.
Sat 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm Afternoon Keynote

It is Time to Cross the Rubicon and Battle Our 20th Century Ruffians

Robert G. Davis

"I join with a number of Masonic thinkers I know and respect who believe that
American Freemasonry may be at a bridge, or point of crossing, in this moment of
our organization’s history. And we’re concerned that if we don’t cross the Rubicon
and start doing battle with ourselves; that is, our organizational paradigms which are
now harming us, we may end up a tiny cabal of old men, who offer no significance
to both Masonry and the outside world.

Robert G. Davis is the Secretary Emeritus of the Guthrie Scottish Rite Bodies, having served the Scottish Rite as Executive Secretary for 30 years. He is a Past Master of three Masonic lodges in Oklahoma, a 33° Mason and recipient of the Grand Cross. He served as the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Oklahoma in 2021. He is also a Past Grand High Priest of Royal Arch Masons, Past Illustrious Grand Master of Cryptic Masons, Past Grand Commander of the Knights Templar in Oklahoma, and serves the Oklahoma Masonic Rosicrucians as its Chief Adept. He is a Past Sovereign Grand Master of the Allied Masonic Degrees in the United States, Past President of the International Philalethes Society, Past President of the Masonic Restoration Foundation, and currently serves on the Board of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. He enjoys Masonic history, ritual, and symbolism; and writes and speaks extensively on topics relating to all the Rites of Freemasonry. He is the author of four books: “The Mason’s Words,” outlining the history and evolution of the American Masonic ritual; “Understanding Manhood in America,” focusing on the fraternal quest for the ideals of masculinity; “The Journey of the Elu to Enlightenment, a contemporary interpretation of the teachings of the Scottish Rite; and “In Search of Light”, a course of hieroglyphic and moral instruction for the Symbolic Lodge. He has authored education programs on the history and degrees of the York Rite.
Sat 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

5:30 pm - 6:15 pm Dinner

No workshops in this session.

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Out-of-State Degree Conferal

No workshops in this session.

9:00 pm - 9:30 pm The Nine O'Clock Toast

No workshops in this session.

Sunday, June 25th 2023

9:00 am - 11:00 am RRMC Post-mortem & 2025 Volunteer Training

No workshops in this session.

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