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, February 28, 1978

February 1978 Notes

Typical salary for member employed at Mount Carmel/Renaissance: $120.00 per month, including meals, but excluding housing, healthcare and other expenses. Work schedules can be seven days a week.
February 27:
New word exercises are instituted: avoid the use of "well," "up," and "antidisestablishmentarianism." And, by the way, the "wit exercise" is ended.

From an ex-member's journal:
February 14, 1979 - First paycheck as a member of the winery corporation [Renaissance Vineyard and Winery Corporation] - over $500 - after taxes and automatic deduction of (mandatory) "donations," $130.

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