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, August 31, 1977

August 1977 Notes

"Renaissance Vine" newsletter [summarized]
July 4: Brunch at Whitman Glen

June 30: Foundation of Bindery poured [subsequently the "Swan building," and  "Town Hall"] 
July 12: Concrete block work begun on Bindery
50 acres along ridge [Dixon Hill/Mount Carmel/Mount Renaissance] above Lodge were cleared (expanding on the original 79 acres) 
Chandelier with cherubs purchased, now hanging over spiral staircase 
Foyer torcheres purchased  
July 11: exercises introduced. No talking of weight, or the weather. No smoking.

Antique printing presses purchased and are being restored

Other Notes
"Mount Carmel Monastery" has been renamed "Renaissance".

"Mount Carmel Journal", August 8, 1977
You may eventually find my role is to instruct more than any teacher in recorded history, and you will have more words from me than from any conscious teacher in the past. And yet no man said more with fewer words than Jesus Christ. Regardless of how much I give, human nature is insatiable and will wish for more. It is also inherent in a conscious teaching that a teacher must publicly bleed. I speak because I must. The pace of our dear School is quickening, and it will forever do so as long as there is light within it. - The Teacher
Design ideas are being solicited for the proposed "Leonardo Da Vinci Winery."

Jay and Carol Jones leave the Fellowship
The London Center opens

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