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Creating a Lodge for Our Time

Fraternal lodges once filled a national need—that has returned.

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Important Meeting by Casey Roberts

Last year the ManKind Project (MKP) celebrated 30 years of initiating men into healthy masculinity. We’ve had 75,000 men from all around the world do this intensive weekend “New Warrior” training adventure. Most of the men then joined follow-up support groups, and currently about 10,000 men sit every week in about 1,000 groups in 100 communities around the world. ( This work has always seemed important, but it has taken on a new urgency—and is transforming into something more critical. Let me explain.When we began in 1984, most MKP men found that satisfying their survival needs was fairly easy and we had the luxury to consider our psychospiritual issues. Our initiation for men focused on creating “safe space” for emotional healing and openhearted trusting of other men. Now, MKP is beginning to transform not just personal space but physical spaces to serve more fundamental needs. For the first time in 100 years, a new fraternal lodge is beginning to take form.People don’t realize that the fraternal lodges of our great, great, great granddads were literally lifesavers. Men leaving …

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