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.

Thursday, August 31, 1978

August 1978 Notes

"Renaissance Vine" newsletter [summarized]
Leon Adams, wine expert and author, visited in mid-July [Adams authored The Wines of America, published in 1973.]

1,145 members

Other Notes
August 10:
Pouring of the winery foundation commenced today.
August 21:
The Swan Building is progressing rapidly - a chalk board indicates thirty-four days remaining before the inaugural  concert.
August 25:
Pouring of circular winery slab was finished
August 25:
The Meissen Room dinner last night celebrated the first anniversary of the Renaissance Journal. The dinner coincided with an annual printer's feast in England called the Wayzgoose Feast. Karl Werner prepared the goose. Robert remarked that the school "would prove itself in 2006 (though it does not need proving"). He said his former teacher [Alex Horn] would die prior to the Fall of California. Just before departing the room he remarked that his former teacher stated that Robert had surpassed him.
August 28:
Robert began tonight's meeting with a discussion of relations with "life families," the subject arising after a visit he made to his mother today, the second such visit in six years, he said.

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