The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite is a two hundred (200) plus year-old branch of the world-wide order of fraternal societies known as Freemasonry. Today, the Southern Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite is:
- Geographically the largest Masonic jurisdiction in the world.
- The oldest established Scottish Rite in continuous existence.
- Numerically, the most significant one.
Originally headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, the Supreme Council was relocated to Washington, D.C. after the Civil War.
The organization is subdivided into Orients and Valleys. Members in Missouri may belong to the Valley of Saint Louis, the Valley of Columbia, the Valley of Joplin, the Valley of Kansas City or the Valley of Saint Joseph.
It is important to note that Scottish Rite Freemasonry challenges no man’s political creed, leaving that to his country and to himself; it does not interfere with any man’s religious opinion, leaving that a matter between his God and his conscience; and yet is does seek to impress by the most sublime and beautiful lessons, enforced by the most profound reasoning the almighty power of truth, appealing to the highest and purest sentiments of the human soul for the enforcement of its principles. Ignorance, tyranny and fanaticism are its foes; liberty, equality, and fraternity are its watch words.