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.

Friday, October 31, 1975

October 1975 Notes

October 2:
The “poultry octave” is abruptly ended by slaughtering the entire lot of chickens during a night-long effort. David G., rung necks, and wielded the hatchet. Others boiled, plucked, then wrapped the carcasses for the freezer.
October 3:
Electric lighting is introduced to "The Court of the Caravans” [Airstream trailer park on the property]
October 5:
A new vineyard road was being bulldozed into the hillside above the Lincoln Lodge.
October 7:
 A new exercise is introduced: no placing of hands in one’s pockets.
October 11:
The “Lao Tzu Library” was inaugurated today.
October 12:
Tonight, John G. offered a group waltz lesson at the Lincoln Lodge.
(On Saturdays, a delicious flank stank is now served, something many Renaissance residents look forward to.)
October 20:
At Mt. Carmel, breakfast was served “at table” for the first time. (Previously, it was informal, sitting wherever we could, plates in our laps.) [Another step toward refining the dining experience.]
October 26:
“Burger Barn” opens in Oregon House. (“We have arrived!”)
October 28: 
A helicopter sows mustard seeds on the vineyard slopes for winter ground cover and erosion control. [The Fellowship drew the ire of neighbors for silting up their ponds, a result of the heavy clearing on Mt. Carmel slopes.]

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