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, May 31, 1979

May 1979 Notes

"Renaissance Vine" newsletter [summarized]
"The Court of the Caravans" is cleared of oak and manzanita.
Send photos to Mildred Smith for inclusion in slide presentations.
In five to seven years, the Fellowship will form its own philharmonic orchestra. (Students are now taking up instruments.)
1,230 members

Other Notes

May 1:
Robert and Karl depart for Tokyo, Hong Kong and Europe.
May 6:
The three-panel, wall length Tiffany window is removed from the Magic Flute Room and crated up. It will later be installed in the new winery.
May 11:
Clearing begins for Shop 2 (metal shop for wine tank production.)
May 21 through 24:
197 loads of aggregate hauled from the Yuba River to Renaissance for concrete production.
May 24:
The D-8 begins cut for winery barrel storage and bottling warehouse levels.
May 27:
There is talk of new centers again: Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Mexico City, Tel Aviv, Sydney, and Kansas City (???)
Vine cuttings are being prepared for planting in the vineyard nursery.
Tonight's concert features the Telluride Octet.
May 30:
25 tons of concrete reinforcing bar (re-bar) are delivered for the new winery.
May 31:
Robert returns to Renaissance

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