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.

Sunday, June 11, 1978

The Fellowship of Friends Articles of Incorporation are executed

[ed. - The Fellowship of Friends Articles of Incorporation are signed by the following Directors: Miles Barth, Don Birrell, Girard Haven, Neal O'Brien, Pamela O'Brien, Linda Rockwood (Kaplan), and Walter Scheer.]

A copy of the original Articles of Incorporation may be viewed at the Internet Archive.

See also: The Fellowship of Friends Articles of Incorporation are amended and the Canons of the Fellowship of Friends.

"Jomo PiƱata" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, June 25, 2014:
The specific purpose [of The Fellowship of Friends] was as a “church” in the original Articles, but they [the articles] were later amended to provide that the purpose was as a “religion.” Some people equate these, but I see the second purpose as much more grandiose than the first.

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