OA "Close Hold" - NOT Secret
James A. Sheckels (JASHECKELS@AOL.COM)
Thu, 7 Dec 1995 01:06:15 -0500
Paul Veltman provided a definition of Secret, and related it to the OA.
Missed the target - the traditions and customs of the OA ARE NOT secret - any
person truly interested in the OA can learn without being a member, as long
as he/she is an adult and indicate that they will not disrupt the spirit of
the rule that Brothers in the Order keep the meanings and traditions at
"close hold". In my experience, when the process of the Ordeals and the
ideals of the Order are explained to the non-members, they understand and
support the reason for close hold of the traditions and customs. I have had
to talk mainly with parents of candidates on this topic.
BTW - the reason for not revealing the customs and traditions of the OA is to
ensure that all candidates have a meaningful Ordeal and that the customs and
traditions are revealed at the proper time and place in the proper manner so
that they are fully understood and appreciated.
Hope that all accept this post in the spirit of brotherhood and cheerful
service by which it is offered!
YIS Jim Sheckels I used to be a Bobwhite....and I follow an arrow too....
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