Introduction


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.

Thursday, July 31, 1975

July 1975 Notes

July 5:
4th anniversary of the purchase of The Farm (roughly 1,000 acres, supposedly purchased at a price of $50 - about $284 in 2012 Dollars -  per acre.) A celebration was held under the great “Franklin Oak” (a valley oak) in the “Shakespeare Meadow.” The celebration continued at the new “Blake Cottage," and as we all strolled in that direction, the sounds of Pachelbel’s Canon wafted over the late afternoon scene. For participants, it was an enormously emotional experience.
July 6:
Tonight, the first dinner was hosted on the Lincoln Lodge “Mozart Deck.” And dining on the “Beethoven Deck” below, the rest of us. What a contrast to the experience of dining casually on the front patio. [This was the beginning of formal dining for all members. Previously, "fine dining" was essentially confined to meals hosted by Burton (or an alternate host) in the "Meissen Room."]
July 22:
Robert asked that “’playing the fool’ [an exercise  for promoting "presence"] be terminated for two to four weeks, to see if we wish to retain the tool.”

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