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Access to All Screenings and Q&A’s
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Friday Reception
Festive Board
Masonic Con Shot Glass
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Masonic Con Coin
Masonic Con Hat
Limited Edition Masonic Con Mini-Poster
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NOTE:  At this time we do not have one day passes available. Must be at least 18 years of old. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. Tickets are not transferable. Speaker(s) and schedule subject to change.

The Schedule

July 22-24, 2022
5:30 pm
Doors Open

Welcome to SMPL's Masonic Con 2022. Check in and enjoy the reception and vendor tables.

7:30 pm
Welcome Address

Before moving into our Festive Board, let's cover introductions, what's in store for the weekend, and obvious safety rules.

8:00 pm
SPML's Masonic Con Pop Culture Festive Board

Hosted by Erik Strom, SPML’s Masonic Con is opening with a seven course Festive Board on the very first night! This ceremony will not only be open to Masons of other Lodges, but to non-Mason gentlemen and ladies who may enjoy the talk, laughter and fellowship that flourishes on such a ceremonial occasion. We are not here to be silent and grim sitting on a bench and staring across the wall. We are here to enjoy good food, drink, sing and partake in the joys of frivolous merry making. For, on this night, we celebrate the arrival of South Pasadena’s First Masonic Con weekend and will toast those unique Brothers who contributed to the betterment of our society – to the Masonic Pop Culture Icons we hold dear. Ready! Aim! FIRE!

11:30 pm
Lodge Closes

8:30 am
Doors Open

Get settled in for a full day of world-class Masonic presentations, discussions, and screenings.

9:00 am
Speaker: Jaime Paul Lamb

Topic: The Archetypal Temple

10:00 am
Speaker: Chris Hodapp

11:00 am
Speaker: Kirk White

Topic: Nones In The Temple

12:00 pm
Speaker: Chuck Dunning

Topic: Nurturing the Renaissance of Masonry in the 21st Century

1:00 pm
Lunch with Screening and Q&A

Screening: The Masonic Table: The Art of Dining in Freemasonry‍ – Q&A: Brian T. Evans (Moderated by Ian E. Laurelin)

3:00 pm
Speaker: Bob Davis

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

4:00 pm
Speaker: Chris Murphy

Topic: "The Center of Union”: Overcoming Societal Discord Through Engagement in Masonic Myth.

5:00 pm
Panel: The Masonic Legacy Society

6:00 pm
Dinner

7:30 pm
Speaker: Mitch Horowitz – Hermeticism

8:30 pm
Screening: The Kybalion

9:00 pm
Screening Q&A: Mitch Horowitz

9:30 pm
Q&A: Mitch Horowitz

Moderated by Robert Johnson

10:00 pm
Lodge Closes

9:30 am
Doors Open

10:00 am
Panel: Innovation in Freemasonry

Moderator: Ian Laurelin – Guests: Robert Johnson, Ron Duncan, Cesar Rubio

11:00 am
Panel: Manhood and Freemasonry

Moderator: Robert Johnson – Featuring: Bob Davis and Angel Millar

1:00 pm
Closing Remarks: Dago Rodriguez

1:30 pm
Conference Ends

Happy and safe travels home!

Our Speakers

Jaime Paul Lamb

Jaime Paul Lamb is the author of Myth, Magick & Masonry: Occult Perspectives in Freemasonry (The Laudable Pursuit, 2018), Approaching the Middle Chamber: The Seven Liberal Arts in Freemasonry and the Western Esoteric Tradition (The Laudable Pursuit, 2020) and The Archetypal Temple and Other Writings on Masonic Esotericism (Tria Prima Press, 2021). He is a member of Old Well-Saint John’s Lodge no. 6, F.&A.M., Norwalk, CT, a charter member and Worshipful Master of Ascension Lodge no. 89, F.&A.M., Phoenix, AZ for the year 2021, a member of the Valley of D.C., A.A.S.R., a Frater of the Arizona College of the Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis and is a Past Master of Arizona Research Lodge no. 1 for the year 2016.

Discussion
The Archetypal Temple
Robert G. Davis

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 is a Past Grand High Priest of Royal Arch Masons, Past Grand Commander of the Knights Templar in Oklahoma, and serves the Oklahoma College of Masonic Rosicrucians as its Chief Adept. He is Past Sovereign Grand Master of the Grand Council of the Allied Masonic Degrees of the United States. He recently completed his term as the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Oklahoma, and currently serves as a Board member of the George Washington National Masonic Memorial. He is the author of four books, including 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, providing a contemporary interpretation of the degrees of the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite; and In Search of Light, a course of hieroglyphic and symbolic moral instruction for the Symbolic Lodge. He and his wife, Sharon, have two daughters and five grandchildren.

Discussion
It is Time to Cross the Rubicon and Battle Our 20th Century Ruffians
C.R. “Chuck” Dunning

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 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, as a Mason he has authored 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). He is the founding Superintendent of the Academy of Reflection, which is a chartered organization for Scottish Rite Masons wanting to 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.

Discussion
Nurturing the Renaissance of Masonry in the 21st Century
Christopher Hodapp

Christopher L. Hodapp is the Editor Emeritus of the "Journal of The Masonic Society." He is the author of the best-selling "Freemasons For Dummies," and "Solomon's Builders: Freemasons, Founding Fathers and the Secrets of Washington D.C." His newest book, "Heritage Endures" was published in January 2018.

He is also the co-author with Alice Von Kannon of "The Templar Code For Dummies" and "Conspiracy Theories and Secret Societies For Dummies."
His "Freemasons For Dummies" blog is the world's most widely read source of national and international news about the Masonic fraternity.

Hodapp is a 33° Scottish Rite Freemason and a Knight Templar, and belongs to countless appendant Masonic bodies and research organizations. In 2010, he and Von Kannon developed episodes for the History Channel program, "Brad Meltzer's Decoded," and web content for TruTV. They have appeared on History, Discovery, National Geographic, Smithsonian, and the American Heroes Channel, most recently on "America: Fact Vs. Fiction."

Chris lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is an associate director of the Masonic Library and Museum of Indiana, and is serving in 2019-20 as the Worshipful Master of the Dwight L. Smith Lodge of Research U.D.

Discussion
TBD
Chris Murphy

Chris Murphy, a Fellow of the Philalethes Society, is the current Grand Historian for the Grand Lodge of Vermont.  He also serves as the current Worshipful Master of Adoniram Lodge № 42, and is Charter Junior Warden, a Past Master, and Secretary of Fibonacci Lodge № 112, the first Traditional Observance Lodge in his Grand Jurisdiction.  Bro∴ Murphy is the editor and contributing writer of Exploring Early Grand Lodge Freemasonry (2017), and of the forthcoming One Sacred Band (2022), both published by Plumbstone.  His work has also been published in The Philalethes Journal, the A∴A∴S∴R∴ Plumbline, the S.C.R.L. Fraternal Review, Living Stones, and elsewhere.  Bro∴ Murphy makes a particular study of early Grand Lodge era Masonic culture, spirituality, religiosity, and praxis, all as evidenced by the surviving literature and artefacts of the era.  He has been a guest lecturer in Lodges and Masonic events across the country, and is so pleased to be returning to visit the Brethren of California.  He lives in southern Vermont with his wife and two sons.

Discussion
“The Center of Union”: Overcoming Societal Discord Through Engagement in Masonic Myth
Kirk White

Brother Kirk White is currently serving in the Grand Lodge of Vermont’s progressive line as Grand Junior Warden, as Deputy Grand Commander in the Vermont Grand Commandery, and as Chief Adept of the Vermont College of SRICF.  He is a Most Excellent Past Grand High Priest RAM, Past Most Illustrious Grand Master R&SM, and a Past Master and charter member of Fibonacci Lodge #112, Vermont’s observant blue lodge. He is also active in a variety of other allied and appendant Masonic bodies.

He holds a B.A. in Psychology and Religion, an M.A. in Counseling, and has done postgraduate study in transpersonal psychology specializing in initiatic techniques, and the psychology of transformation and consciousness change.

In his “mundane” life, he practices acupuncture and Chinese medicine, writes and teaches classes on esotericism, hosts “Firefly” the northeast regional Burning Man event at his 50 acre retreat center, and serves in the Vermont State Legislature on the House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development.

Discussion
Nones In The Temple
Akram R. Elias, PGM

Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Washington DC.

Akram R. Elias’ Masonic journey began on June 18, 1996, when he was initiated into the Society of Freemasonry at Potomac Lodge No. 5, under the Grand Lodge, Free And Accepted Masons, of the District of Columbia (Washington, DC). He received all three degrees of Freemasonry in his Mother Lodge. Since those early days in his Masonic life, Brother Elias has been the Worshipful Master of several Lodges: La France Lodge No. 93 in 1999; Benjamin B. French Lodge No. 15 in 2001; Cincinnatus Lodge No. 76 in 2003; and Pythagoras Lodge of Research in 2004, all in Washington, DC. He is also a founding member of several Lodges under the Grand Lodge, F.A.A.M., of the District of Columbia.

Brother Elias’ involvement in the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia began in December 1999, when he was appointed Grand Marshal. In December of 2000, he was elected as Junior Grand Steward of the Grand Lodge. After proceeding through the Grand Line, MWB Elias was installed as Grand Master of Masons of the District of Columbia on December 8, 2007 and ended his term in office on December 13, 2008.

Brother Elias is also active in the Appendant Bodies of Freemasonry. He is a member of the Royal Arch, Cryptic Council and Knights Templar, and is also a member of other York Rite bodies such as the College of Rites, the Royal Order of Scotland and the Red Cross of Constantine. He is a member of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, specifically in Almas Temple Shrine of Washington D.C. He is also active in the Scottish Rite Valley of Washington, Orient of the District of Columbia, where he is a Past Wise Master of the Chapter of Rose-Croix. MWB Elias received the 33rd Degree, Sovereign Grand Inspector General (Honorary), on October 3rd, 2001.

With “Engage, Energize, Enlighten” as his theme, MWB Elias’ year in the Grand East was an exciting one for Freemasonry in the Nation’s Capital. Local and national government leaders and institutions were engaged, building valuable relationships for the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia. With direct assistance to veterans and support for public education and young artists, Freemasonry’s worthy philanthropic and charitable pursuits were energized. Numerous officer workshops and Grand Lodge of Instruction sessions were designed to enlighten lodge leaderships. In May 2008, the Light of Universal Freemasonry shined on Washington, D.C. as Grand Master Elias and the Grand Lodge, F.A.A.M., of the District of Columbia hosted the largest gathering of Masonic leaders in history – 121 Grand Lodges – with the 9th World Conference of Masonic Grand Lodges.

Discussion
The Masonic Legacy Society
Michael Jarzabek

Michael is obsessed with making connections. Since he’s an electrician by trade, that’s generally a good thing. He has shared these connections over the years in presentation or print form. No matter the topic, however, his central theme is always about choosing the path of virtue and progress while helping others to do the same. His work has also been included in numerous publications, and he has edited several issues of the Fraternal Review magazine.

Over the last few years, he has increasingly contributed his time and energy to the practice of Greek philosophy and religion in the Orphic tradition. He has developed and hosted several YouTube channels and maintains a website titled For the Curious Mind.

He is a member of several lodges including The Massachusetts Lodge of Research, where he is currently Master. He is a Past Junior Grand Warden of The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts and is currently Chairman of the Massachusetts Masonic Education and Training Committee. He lives with his lovely wife, Beth, and beautiful daughter, Amelia, in Ludlow, Massachusetts.



Discussion
The Masonic Legacy Society
Angel Millar

The Editor-in-Chief of Fraternal Review (published by the California Lodge of Research), Angel Millar is the author of The Path of The Warrior-Mystic: Being a Man in an Age of Chaos (2022) and The Three Stages of Initiatic Spirituality: Craftsman, Warrior, Magician (2021). He has also authored three books on the history of Freemasonry, including The Crescent And The Compass and Freemasonry: Foundation of the Western Esoteric Tradition. 

Born and raised in England, Angel moved to the U.S.A. more than two decades ago (with a brief stay in Canada), and was initiated into Publicity Lodge in 2001. Later, he was an active member of the S.R.I.C.F. for several years. And, in 2021, he was made a Fellow of the Philalethes Society. 

A well-known speaker on the subjects of Freemasonry, esotericism, and self-development, Angel is also a consulting hypnotist, working with people to help them overcome challenges and move towards their goals.


Discussion
Manhood and Freemasonry
Ron Duncan

Brother Ronald Duncan Jr was raised a Master Mason on November 13, 2004 in Los Angeles Harbor Lodge No. 332 under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of California.  He served as Master of that lodge in 2011 and 2016. 

When Ron moved to Merced, CA in 2021, he affiliated with Mariposa Lodge #24.   Ron worked for over 25 years in the automotive industry with Pep Boys and Classic Performance products and is now bartending at an original 49er saloon in Mariposa. 

Ron has served as Chapter Dad for San Pedro DeMolay and is a founding member of both Keepers of the Word and the Masonic Motorcycle club known as Luminari MC. 

Ron has been happily married to his wife, Lianela for 31 years and has 3 grown children. Ron is currently residing in Merced, CA with his wife, son Elijah and pups 



Discussion
Innovations in Freemasonry
Cesar Rubio

A native of the Coachella Valley, Cesar Rubio PM, grew up in Indio, CA, where he went to high school and played baseball, football and lettered in both sports and fell in love with exercising and physical fitness. He was the Brian E. Smith Award Winner his senior year for most valuable offensive player for the varsity baseball team. He attended College of the Desert for three years and continued to play baseball. In 1994 he entered the hospitality industry and worked within the industry until 2007 when he began his civic career working for the California Department of Corrections until he medically retired in 2018.

He began his masonic career in 2001 at Palm Springs Masonic Lodge No.693 where he was initiated, passed, and raised and was immediately put in an officer’s chair. In 2010 he became Master of the lodge where he served for two consecutive years. He then served as Director of Education and candidates coach for the next two years and spearheaded the project to put a library in the lodge with over two thousand books.

In 2014 he affiliated with Coachella Lodge No.476 where he became Director of Education for the next three years. In 2015 he attended the Inspectors Development Academy four weekend course at the Covina Retirement Homes. In 2017 he again became Master of Palm Springs Lodge this time for three consecutive years. He is now the current secretary and is working to help the lodge be recognized as an official Observant Lodge. Currently Cesar began a masonic podcast called Masonic Muscle where he focuses on the mysterious origins of masonry, its history, traditions, and symbols while at the same time encouraging all members to get and stay physically fit like our past member and godfather of modern fitness Jack Lalanne would’ve liked.

Discussion
Innovations in Freemasonry
Brian T. Evans Jr.

WB Brian T. Evans, Jr. owns multiple businesses relating to Digital Marketing, Media Production, and Real Estate Investment. 

He is also the author and co-author of 5 business books and various papers on Freemasonry.  He was Master of Lexington Lodge No. 1 in 2020 and 2021; is a lifetime member of The William O. Ware Lodge of Research; and a lifetime member of the North Central Past Masters Association. 

Brian is also the Chairman of The Rubicon Masonic Society, an invitation-only, non-profit group of Master Mason Freemasons located in Lexington, KY.  Rubicon is committed to promoting Masonic education and Brotherhood, where Brian is the Co-Host of the monthly virtual Masonic education series, available monthly on Rubicon’s YouTube channel.  He is the Executive Producer and Director of the documentary “The Masonic Table – The Art of Dining in Freemasonry,” available on Amazon and other streaming services.  

FILM SYNOPSIS:

Historically, dining and Freemasonry have been inseparable, and the Masonic banquet was an essential part of any assemblage of brothers. “The Masonic Table – The Art of Dining in Freemasonry” is a 60-minute documentary that demonstrates the pleasing elegance of fraternal bonding as brothers near and far gather outside of the Masonic lodge for a memorable dining event that seeks to enhance and advance the spirit of Freemasonry in America.


Discussion
The Masonic Table: The Art of Dining in Freemasonry
Mitch Horowitz

Mitch Horowitz is one of today’s most literate voices of esoterica, mysticism, and the occult. A PEN Award-winning historian, Mitch’s books include Occult America, The Miracle Club, Daydream Believer, and Uncertain Places. Mitch hosted and produced a feature documentary about the occult classic The Kybalion directed by Emmy-nominee Ronni Thomas and shot on location in Egypt. The movie premiered as the #3 top documentary on iTunes in 2022.

FILM SYNOPSIS:  Occult scholar Mitch Horowitz (“solid gold”—David Lynch) delivers a lecture on the history and relevance of Hermetic ideas and then presents his award-winning 2022 documentary The Kybalion. Mitch also provides a Q&A after this special viewing. 



Discussion
The Kybalion: Hermeticism(s) and Modern Spirituality

Our Moderators

Erik Strom

Erik Strom is a Past Master of South Pasadena Masonic Lodge No. 290, serving in 2017, the same year the Fraternity celebrated it’s 300th Anniversary.  He currently serves as the SPML’s Hall Association President and is a member of the Grand Lodge of California Masonic Properties Committee and is a Director on the Nob Hill Masonic Center Board of Directors.  He has presided over several Festive Boards, penned and served as Master of Ceremonies at the 2019 SPML Masonic Conference, and makes his return to Masonic Con as this year’s Festive Board MC.

Discussion
Festive Board Master of Ceremonies
Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson is a published author, blogger, and podcast host. Philosophy is at the core of what Robert is after. Having grown up in Italy and being exposed to the culture and much of the renaissance art and literature, Freemasonry became a natural place for him to gravitate toward. Robert is an avid musician and writer and written for several print magazines and blogs on subjects ranging from Firearms and Medical Ethics to Theology and Comparative Religions. Robert’s primary studies are in philosophy and mathematics and holds an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Philosophy in Religion from Universal Life Church of Modesto CA. Currently Robert works as an executive in the medical industry. He received his degrees from Waukegan Lodge No. 78, becoming Worshipful Master in 2014. He has since served as both a District Education Officer and a District Deputy Grand Master. He is currently serving on the Grand Lodge of Illinois Education Committee and is Secretary of Spes Novum No. 1183—the premier Education Lodge in Illinois. 

Discussion
The Masonic Legacy Society
Ian E. Laurelin

Ian E. Laurelin (aka Evenstar) is the host of Fraternal Review's podcast, produced by the Southern California Research Lodge. Ian is also a 2022 Hiram Award Recipient and an associate editor for the California Freemason magazine published by the Grand Lodge of California.

Discussion
Innovation in Freemasonry

Screenings

Festive Board

From time immemorial, Freemasons have enjoyed meeting about a “festive board” loaded with the fruits of their labors. Special emphasis was placed on the Summer and Winter Solstice, late in the June and December months, which are the Feast of St. John the Baptist, June 24th, and the Feast of St. John the Evangelist, December 27th. It is written, in the first paragraph of the account of the founding of the Grand Lodge of England in 1717 – on the Feast of St. John the Baptist – and was published in the Book of Constitutions, that the old lodges in London had two (and only two) purposes in constituting a Grand Lodge: One was to establish a center of union and harmony, the other was to revive the Quarterly Feasts!

The feasts stood close to the very heart of the lodges. Even in ancient times, feasts were provided for and among the rules and regulations, were a fixed and necessary part of the life of a stonemason and were on par with wages. So important was the feast that one of the principal officers – the Junior Warden – had, as the purpose of his office, to be responsible for that function. This fact was reinforced by giving the Junior Warden two Stewards to assist him.

This year, SPML’s Masonic Con is opening with a seven course festive board on the very first night! This ceremony will not only be open to Masons of other lodges, but to non-Mason gentlemen and ladies who may enjoy the talk, laughter and fellowship that flourishes on such a ceremonial occasion. We are not here to be silent and grim sitting on a bench and staring across the wall. We are here to enjoy good food, drink, sing and partake in the joys of frivolous merry-making. For, on this night, we celebrate the arrival of South Pasadena’s first Masonic Con weekend and will toast those unique Brothers who contributed to the betterment of our society – to the Masonic pop culture Icons we hold dear. Ready! Aim! FIRE!

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