Making Good Men, Better Men Since Time Immemorial
Making Good Men, Better Men Since Time Immemorial

Grand Orator


Happy Monday!

Dear brethren,

I have a question for us all to consider: Are we, as Masons, giving due attention to living as just and upright men? It seems simple – perhaps elementary, even – to conduct ourselves in a manner befitting our position during our lodge meetings. However, one we leave the lodge room, how quickly we forget the tenets we have just heard recommended to our consideration!

As family men, are we applying our working tools to our wives and children? Are we properly subduing our passions, or are we giving in to the daily stresses of the day? 

As professionals, are we industrious, diligent, and dependable? Are we treating our superiors and subordinates fairly, daily squaring our actions by the Square of Virtue? 

Brethren, in our quest to become men of impeccable character, we must pursue the virtues of Masonry with unwavering tenacity! Settling for “good enough” won’t convince the world of Masonry’s good effects, nor will our substandard efforts produce anything other than mediocrity. 

Our task is great. But take heart, brethren! We have been given great tools – tools that are able to polish the rough ashlars of our lives. Let us daily commit ourselves to the cause of Masonry and never swerve from our duty to the Craft. 


Bro. Chris
Right Worshipful Grand Orator
Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of F&A.M of Alabama

Grand Orator Introduction

Dear brethren, 

Fraternal greetings! My name is Chris Henley, the Senior Warden of Saints John #931 in Anniston, and a plural member of Eastaboga # 155. As the newly installed Right Worshipful Grand Orator of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Alabama, it is my honor to serve the brethren of Alabama in this capacity. I am incredibly grateful to Most Worshipful Bro. Rusty Beck for asking me to serve for the 2022-2023 year. 

I am looking forward to offering regular posts on the Grand Lodge website, and I am especially excited to travel across the state – and abroad – speaking to lodges on topics on Masonry. If you would like for me to come and speak at your lodge, please feel free to send me an email at 

Here are a few of the topics I have prepared to present, although there are always new projects in the works! 

  • “Chipping Away: Becoming the Best Mason You Can Be” – A practical review of what it means to be a “good” Mason in the twenty-first century. 
  • “First Things First: A Reflection on Ritual” – Our ritual is important to our lives as Masons. But why? This talk examines the moral and practical implications of the ritual. 
  • “In Defense of Masculinity: Virtue, Honor, and Freemasonry” 

Brethren, Masonry is alive and well in the state of Alabama! I am excited to travel to meet new brothers, fellowship in and outside of lodge, and discuss the important topics in Masonry as we seek to live our lives as virtuous men.

“To educate a person in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.” – Bro. Teddy Roosevelt

Until next time, keep chipping away, brothers! 

R.:W.: Chris Henley

Grand Orator

Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of F&A.M, Alabama

(256) 375-4150