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 31, 1975

December 1975 Notes

December 2:
Open meetings (for prospective students) begin in the Bay Area
December 23:
Reminiscences of earlier Fellowship of Friends Christmases at The Farm. The holidays featured Robert's favorite Burt Bacharach music, and George Harrison's “My Sweet Lord.” Cows were decorated with tinsel garland and "Hostess" donuts were served with hot chocolate and "Constant Comment" tea.
December 24:
In the “Meissen Room” 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.
December 25:
Keeping a holiday “tradition,” hot chocolate was served at the Lincoln Lodge during the afternoon. (Just like three years ago, only this time in Meissen teacups.)
December 30:
At the Bay Area Meeting, it was announced which members would be leaving for our new centers. Robert discussed the Fellowship's accomplishments in 1975. He also said his imminent crystallization would mean the end of friction for him, as it is no longer necessary.
Many members were leaving directly after the meeting for new centers in various parts of the U.S.
December 31:
“Stella’s Coffee Shop” (probably upstairs in the “American Room”. These impromptu gatherings of night-owls were often hilarious, and somewhat irreverent. It was a tradition carried on wherever Stella and Harold went.)

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