A new trend among young Americans is visiting Masonic lodges for the first time.
The number of visitors to Freemasonry in the U.S. has tripled over the past decade, according to the National Freemasons Association.
But a recent study by the National Association of Social Workers found that a whopping 89 percent of people in the country are under the age of 30.
In the same survey, about one in four Americans under 30 said they had never visited a Masonic Lodge.
Masonic lodges in states across the country have become magnets for young people who are looking for a place where they can be more authentic and safe.
A new group of young men and women has created a social media page called “Masonic Lodges for Moms” and it has already attracted more than 500,000 followers.
“Our mission is to get young people to feel safe at Masonic lodgs,” said Mason Mays, a Mason from South Bend, Indiana.
When he visited a lodge last month, he said he saw a different type of atmosphere.
The atmosphere was more laid-back and relaxed, with people laughing and chatting, he told NBC News.
I think that’s something that we haven’t seen in so long,” he said.
Many lodge patrons have told NBC they don’t think they are going to get caught up in politics.
Mays said he believes a lot of the attraction to the lodge is because it’s a safe place to meet people. “
I think it’s really cool to have people who aren’t political.”
Mays said he believes a lot of the attraction to the lodge is because it’s a safe place to meet people.
People will say, ‘I’ve never seen you at a Masonic,'” he said, adding that people can talk openly about their beliefs without worrying that they will be judged.
Members of the lodge, which are typically between 20 and 30, have told the Huffington Post they feel safe and welcome at their Masonic home.
If you are interested in joining the Masonic Lodge for Mommies, please call 1-888-MORM-HELP or click here for the website.
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