Presented in reverse chronology, this history stretches from the present back to the Fellowship's 1970 founding, and beyond.
(See "Blog Archive" in the sidebar below.) It draws from many sources, including The Fellowship of Friends - Living Presence Discussion, the Internet Archive, the former Fellowship of Friends wiki project, cult education and awareness sites, news archives, and from the editor's own 13-year experience in the Fellowship.

The portrait that emerges stands in stark contrast to sanitized versions presented on the Fellowship's array of
alluring websites, and on derivative sites created by Burton's now-estranged
disciple, Asaf Braverman.

Sunday, December 1, 1974

1974 Notes

The Lincoln Lodge circa 1973, by Harold Wirk. Source.

From Harold Wirk's timeline and from ex-member's journal:

"Farm week" ("3rd line of work" is emphasized)
Vineyard planning and development begin in 1974
Bonita Guido [first student] and Daniel Davis leave the Fellowship. [ed. - It is reported that Daniel Davis was to be one of the seven "conscious beings" the Fellowship would eventually produce.]
The Bay Area Meeting, the primary weekly gathering of Fellowship of Friends members, is currently held at the Skyline Church (later, the Skyline United Church of Christ) in Oakland.

Minimum membership donation is currently $40. Additional donations have been requested (required) for the purchase of Herman Miller stacking chairs and a Caterpillar D-8 bulldozer for The Farm.
Airstream trailers are being moved to The Farm
A "Farm Donation," currently $400, is due twelve months after joining.
December 10:
At tonight’s Bay Area meeting, Robert said there would probably not be a happier or more thankful group on Earth, than the Fellowship on Christmas.

“Some have come to find a mate, not to awaken,” he said. This was uncomfortable for us to hear.

After intermission, obviously having received some negative feedback, he said “what can one say that is positive about something that keeps one asleep?”
 December 19:
At the Los Angeles Center meeting, we were joined by students from the Farm who were temporarily working at the Callaway Winery in Temecula, learning that trade.
Around this time, the Fellowship has 484 members.

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