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The Biennial Session of Southern Jurisdiction and the renowned Olympic Games

By Prof. Dr. Emmanouil Gerakios PhD. SGC for Greece.

I want to draw your attention to a beautiful parallel that can be drawn between the esteemed assembly of the Biennial Session of the Southern Jurisdiction and the renowned Olympic Games. Like the Olympics, this conference serves as a symbolic truce, where individuals from diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and perspectives come together to unite under a common purpose.

The Olympic Games, originating in Ancient Greece, were established to encourage peaceful relations among city-states during times of conflict. For the duration of the games, a truce was declared, and rivalries and disputes were set aside in favor of friendly competition and mutual respect. This essential principle, which has stood the test of time, has been instrumental in fostering international understanding, harmony, and collaboration.

Similarly, the Biennial Session of the Southern Jurisdiction serves as a platform for unity amidst diversity. We come together as Freemasons, representing different states, different lodges, and different cultures. We bring with us our unique experiences, ideologies, and aspirations. Yet, despite our differences, we stand united by a shared commitment to the principles of Freemasonry – brotherly love, relief, and truth.

In this gathering, we have the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue, to listen and learn from one another, and to build bridges between individuals who may otherwise never cross paths. Like the Olympic Games, this Biennial Session presents us with a chance to set aside individualistic tendencies, reconciling differences, and fostering a spirit of friendship and cooperation.

Just as the Olympic Games celebrate excellence in physical prowess, the Biennial Session honors the pursuit of personal growth, enlightenment, and moral character. Each one of us here has stepped onto the path of

self - improvement, seeking to become better men, better citizens, and better contributors to society. As we engage in workshops, discussions, and debates, we come together to refine ourselves for the greater good. In this pursuit, we find ourselves inadvertently united, like athletes striving for a common goal of excellence.

Furthermore, much like the Olympics, this session embodies the spirit of fair play, sportsmanship, and respect. When the athletes gather on the world stage, they not only compete but also demonstrate sportsmanship, showing respect for their opponents, and upholding the highest ethical standards. Similarly, as Freemasons, we are encouraged to approach our interactions with fairness, kindness, and humility. Through this harmonious character, we truly exemplify the best of humanity.

Let us remember that just as the Olympic Games transcend differences in nationality, language, and culture, our Biennial Session transcends the boundaries that often divide us. We are bound by a shared commitment – a commitment to fostering goodwill, embracing diversity, and working collectively to build a better world.

As we immerse ourselves in the rich tapestry of this conference, I encourage each one of you to embrace the Olympic spirit within our Masonic journey. Let us embrace this truce, setting aside any differences and focusing on our shared values and objectives. May we engage in fruitful discussions, forge lasting friendships, and leave this session as better men, guided by the principles of Freemasonry.

Like the Olympics, may the Biennial Session be a testament to the power of unity, understanding, and cooperation. Let us strive to support each other, uplift one another, and leave here as ambassadors of harmony and goodwill.

I have to express my heartfelt gratitude for the opportunity to participate in the special and unique event organized under the esteemed guidance of Sovereign Grand Commander, SJ of the U.S.A. James D. Cole 33’.

His efforts, experience, and fraternal love were evident throughout the event, making it a resounding success. The passion he brought to the table, coupled with your exceptional leadership skills, truly set the stage for an unforgettable experience.

I want to extend my sincere appreciation for his unwavering support and dedication to fostering a sense of unity and camaraderie among all participants. Through his vision and guidance, we were able to come together and create cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

Once again, I thank SGC James D. Cole 33’, for granting us the pleasure to be a part of such a remarkable event. His unwavering commitment to our fraternity is truly commendable, and I look forward to future opportunities to collaborate and learn from his wisdom.


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