Wilkerson College Launching New Mentorship Program02.01.2019
Mentoring is a critical component of Masonic education – and a new program aimed at helping mentors and those they work with is being launched this month.
Wilkerson College #760 has created a program aimed at graduates of Wilkerson College, the William Richardson Davie Academy and the Middle Chamber. It’s the latest education program created by a lodge that was created two decades ago to bring Masonic education to all lodges across the state. There is no fee to attend the program.
Wilkerson College lodge is a traveling lodge that brings national- and state-level speakers to host lodges around North Carolina. It has brought top-notch education to lodges that otherwise might not have access.
Through the years, desire for Masonic education in North Carolina has grown tremendously and Wilkerson College Lodge has worked hard to keep current and meet needs of all sorts.
“We were kind of like empty nesters,” says Donnie Barrier, Wilkerson College Lodge master. “Over the years, as Wilkerson College, Davie Academy and Middle Chamber grew, we sort of lost our feeling of relevance and we decided it was time to remake ourselves.”
“We got together and wondered how can we remain a contributing part of Masonic education? What’s still missing? Before long, we recognized that what was missing was the age-old Masonic principle of mentoring,” he said. “Our entire education system is based on that: the Master Mason mentors the Entered Apprentice and Fellowcraft.”
Sop the new program will focus on the practical application of mentoring techniques. The program was developed by WB Mike Daniels and RWB Shaun Bradshaw.
Both brothers have professional experience in mentoring programs and bring a rich knowledge to the curriculum, Barrier says. Both will instruct classes. Meanwhile, plans also are under way for the lodge’s annual symposium. Two speakers are on the agenda at this writing. One is Chuck Dunning, author of Contemplative Masonry: Basic Applications of Mindfulness, Meditation, and Imagery for the Craft, who has been a Master Mason since 1988.
The other will be Johnny Royal, director of the documentary 33 & Beyond: The Royal Art of Masonry.
If you are interested and have questions, contact Masonic Education Committee Chairman Tony Rathbone or Barrier.