Door Closes Another Door Opens
Interview With Brother Corey Bryson
Worshipful Brother Frederic L. Milliken
Many American Masons now know of
the story of Brothers Corey Bryson and Duke Fortesque and their separation
from the Grand Lodge of Florida. Both men were hit hard by having to leave
But Bryson has gone from despair
to joy in just a few short months. Sometimes when one door closes another door
opens. And if you are observant and open to a new challenge then walking
through that new door feels really awesome.
And that is where Bryson is now
having just returned from Salt Lake City where he was adopted into Lodge
Athena No. 2009 in the International Masonic Order DELPHI, mixed gender
At one time in our history when
the population was less mobile, Mainstream Lodges in each hamlet and village
had a monopoly on the Craft. But times have changed and so has our mobility.
But the biggest change has been the advent of the Information Age. As
Mainstream Masonry has squashed individual initiative, the free thinkers and
has expelled far too many good Masons, alternatives to traditional Masonry are
Now, whether new or discarded,
male or female, Christian or not, Black, White, Red or Yellow, Americans can
peruse the Internet and find Co-Masonic, Mixed Gender Lodges such as the
International Masonic Order DELPHI, Prince Hall Freemasonry and others to
choose from. The monopoly of Mainstream Masonry is being broken and its
Corey Bryson has found a new
home and it is one he says he might have eventually gravitated to in time
anyway. He points to the non judgmental nature of Delphi, how open and
unfettered the Masonic experience is when it’s not set up as a closed society.
Bryson explains that there is
less focus on memorization and more emphasis on the meaning of the philosophy
of Freemasonry. Every newly initiated member receives a written copy of the
degree and ritual for their own personal continued education. Sometime later,
they must present their “impressions” of their initiation to their Brothers
and Sisters in Lodge. Delphi Masons are required to think not just be a
Delphi uses Scottish Rite ritual
rather than Preston-Webb. This does make for some differences that former
Mainstream Masons will notice. For instance there is no cable tow nor exposed
breast. The configuration of the Lodge room puts the Senior Warden’s station
in the North West. The connection between South-West-East forms a triangle.
Delphi also uses the Chamber of Reflection.
The overall emphasis of Delphi
mixed gendered Freemasonry, Bryson tells us, is on esoteric study and
knowledge. Delphi is more spiritually open, he says, and appeals much more to
seekers than traditional Freemasonry. It is far less a social club and much
more a place of self improvement.
Bryson will be a member of
Delphi’s latest U.S. Lodge in Tampa, Florida, Phoenix Triangle (UD). There are
6 people who have already applied for membership. They also have a place to
meet. Members of Delphi nationwide are now handcrafting brand new furniture
for the latest Triangle.
For Corey Bryson a new day has
dawned. Before concluding my interview with him I asked him if this experience
had changed him in any way. He said that he was now far less cynical than he
was just a year ago. My faith in humankind has been restored, he said. That
means that for Corey Bryson the glass is now half full instead of being half