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.

Saturday, July 1, 1978

July 1978 Notes

"Renaissance Vine" newsletter [Summarized]
    July marks the seventh anniversary of Renaissance

    June 19: After four years at Skyline Church, the Bay Area meeting was held at new location, a Greek Orthodox church 
    The future winery site was dedicated 
    Students are to refrain from buying Oriental carpets for two years [apparently, some issue with Roger C.!]

      Other Notes

      July 1:
      Dedication ceremony on the Winery Knoll
      July 4:
      Stella and Harold Wirk move to Renaissance!
      7th Anniversary of Renaissance
      July 7:
      First concrete pouring at winery site
      Construction work proceeds from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
      July 17:
      New word exercise instituted: avoid the word "so"
      July 19:
      While clearing for future vineyard, huge brush piles are set ablaze atop Mt. Renaissance.

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