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.

Wednesday, December 24, 1975

"Educating Essence"


 [ed. - This image and others from the Fellowship's lavish porcelain collection would appear in the August 1976 literary publication "Kairos II."]

Note attached from Internet Archive poster:
"This idealized image, and its accompanying caption 'noble child,' have a contradictory import: The Fellowship portrays an idealized 'noble' child while simultaneously maintaining an environment hostile to children."

Remembrance of a student:
I dined in the “Meissen Room” with Robert tonight. A potted dwarf sequoia stood on a table in the corner, draped in red velvet, strung with white lights and adorned with glass ornaments.

Robert shared our latest “gift” – a fine porcelain plate produced by KPM, with a beautiful painting of a young Russian princess on its face. We were all captivated by the exquisite workmanship and touching image.

"if memory serves" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, August 13, 2007:
288/Veronicapoe [post number and blogger who posted the image on the Internet Archive]:
Wow, that image was deeply familiar to me. It’s been 22 years, but wasn’t that a painting on porcelain that hung in the Meissen room? I could be wrong about that, but seeing the image had a strong emotional effect on me. I’ll bet memory works differently in different people, but for some reason, this one took me back to the heightened atmosphere of that dining venue, with all its attendant anxieties, egos, desires, states, and expectations. Thanks for gathering and posting these.

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