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, September 30, 1977

September 1977 Notes

Sample page from the heavily-edited Renaissance Journal

"Renaissance Vine" newsletter [summarized]
The "Renaissance Journal" has been inaugurated (Taking the place of the "Mount Carmel Journal". This usually consists of the edited notes from the regular Fellowship Bay Area meetings.)

The purchase of land (at Renaissance) by students is encouraged  
January 1, 1978: Fellowship plans to acquire 60 acres, across Rice’s Crossing Road, west of Blake Cottage 
Shakespeare Study [library] is being converted to the Oriental Dining Room 
Exercise: If one ends a relationship, one must remain celibate for one year

As of October 1st, the re-entry donation will be $2,500

Other Notes
"The Teacher" announces that if one is more than 6 weeks behind in payments, one is no longer in the school.
“Everyone is current in their payments…save four or five people.” – The Teacher
[ed. - Note the use of "payments", not donations. This was before the push to emphasize the Fellowship's status as a "church." Also, the statement is false. In the tiny Dallas Center alone, there were three or four behind in payments.]

The Fellowship of Friends opens a center (centre, that is) in London.
The more one serves, the more one must pay. It is admittedly difficult to accept that the highest retribution we may receive from Influence C is additional friction. Nevertheless, suffering does produce imperishable being. - The Teacher, Renaissance Journal, September 26, 1977.

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