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.

Sunday, September 30, 1979

September 1979 Notes

"Renaissance Vine" newsletter [summarized]
A bronze sculpture of Poseidon has recently arrived.
Those members with talents should take lessons.
1,295 members
Photos: Zinfandel grapes, Poseidon sculpture (with pansies)

Other Notes

September 9:
The Press Room has been moved from the Blake Cottage to the Socrates Cottage, and major remodeling is occurring at the Blake Cottage, to include a large fireplace and the Tiffany window.
September 15:
While he drives on Rice's Crossing Road in Oregon House, a window on Karl's Mercedes is smashed, probably by a thrown rock. The same evening, another man's van was hit by a pellet from a gun. The Fellowship has had an at times "rocky" relationship with the community, largely arising from fears surrounding the Fellowship's secrecy.
September 16:
Harvest begins with the Cabernet slope. It is a late harvest, and there were many raisins. Karl said these were the best. [That's a bit crazy.] Meanwhile, tractors work through the evening spraying the white varietal vines with water in an attempt to propagate the botrytis cinerea mold.
September 17:
The work force at Renaissance is to be cut by about 35 members.

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