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, October 31, 1978

October 1978 Notes

The task of our school is to preserve culture in the form of an ark. - The Teacher, Renaissance Journal, October 1978.
 October 2:
Robert did not teach at the Monday meeting, and we were informed he would no longer teach at these meetings. Further, the meetings would be moved to Renaissance.
October 8:
Menahem Pressler [pianist from The Beaux Arts Trio] performs at the Renaissance "Swan Building."
October  9:
Changes clarified: meetings at Renaissance are for Renaissance (they will not be the "Bay Area meeting moved to Renaissance.")
October 10:
The first stainless steel wine tanks arrive and are delivered to the Winery Knoll.
October 14 -15:
First harvest of Renaissance grapes (quite a small volume, perhaps the equivalent of a few barrels of wine.)
October 17:
After months of non-stop labor, some salaried members are allowed a few days' vacation.
October 23:
Later today between thirty and fifty students will be departing with Robert on a European journey.

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