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.

Tuesday, August 31, 1976

August 1976 Notes

"The Vine" newsletter [Summarized]
August 2 concert: Brenda Quilling, mezzo-soprano 
On June 1st, The Fellowship of Friends opened centers in Boston, New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, New York, Pasadena, and Philadelphia 
It has been an unusually dry summer at [Renaissance]

Other Notes

August 9:
I answered the telephone in the Shakespeare Study with the usual “Mt. Carmel Monastery!”

“Monastery??? Good grief!” the horrified woman spoke in a thick New York Jewish accent.

After conveying her message, she added “so if you’re not in psychic contact, do you think you could write it down?”
August 11:
A fire at the Richard’s Ranch tonight destroyed a barn. Fellowship members provided firefighting assistance. [ed. - The Richards property is a roughly 7,000-acre ranch adjoining to the south the Fellowship property.]

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