From the Secretary
Welcome to the official website of the District of Columbia Scottish Rite. Although the website is undergoing a redo, and some of the links are not yet active, I believe that you will find some helpful information about the Valley of Washington. We hope to have things further along in the very near future, and encourage you to check back. Thank you for your interest in Scottish Rite Freemasonry in the District of Columbia.
What We Do
“Human progress is our cause, liberty of thought our supreme wish, freedom of conscience our mission, and the guarantee of equal rights to all people everywhere our ultimate goal.” – Scottish Rite Creed
In the Valley of Washington,
we provide a venue for Scottish Rite Masons in the Washington, DC metropolitan area to enjoy fellowship among men and brothers with common ideals; to learn and teach, and develop a deeper understanding of Masonic philosophy, and what it means to be a good man and a good citizen.
Albert Pike, arguably the godfather of Scottish Rite Freemasonry, defines a “Rite” as “an aggregation of any number of degrees given by one or more bodies, but with the authority of a single supreme government.”
The Scottish Rite includes the degrees of the Lodge of Perfection (4th to 14th), the Chapter of Rose Croix (15th to 18th), the Council of Kadosh (19th to 30th), and the Consistory (31st and 32nd). To receive the Scottish Rite degrees, one must already be a Master Mason, and member in good standing of a “Blue Lodge” whose governing Grand Lodge is in amity with that of the District of Columbia.
The governing body of the Scottish Rite is the Supreme Council of the Thirty-Third Degree for the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States , and the Bodies of the Scottish Rite in the District of Columbia are under its jurisdiction. This Supreme Council, known as the Mother Supreme Council of the World, was organized at Charleston, South Carolina, on May 31, 1801.