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.

Wednesday, October 31, 1979

October 1979 Notes

"Renaissance Vine" newsletter [summarized]
Send photos of fine French architecture to Renaissance
Only English and French should be spoken – other languages will die
Phase out soft drinks in favor of wine
October 27 and 28 concerts: Menahem Pressler
1,313 members
October 31: Member Joseph Moreno died
Photo: chandelier over cruciform cabinet

Other Notes

October 25:
From an ex-member's notes, an example of Burton's need to micro-manage:
"Robert sent Edward B. and myself to San Francisco for the Rolls Royce and instructed us to have coffee and a hamburger at the Coffee Tree, dinner at Trader Vic's, attend the opera, and have coffee and "cherry-berry pie" at the Coffee Tree, on the way home. I imagine we will look back and wonder at these strange times."
October 31:
Fellowship member Joseph Moreno is killed in an airplane crash in Mexico City. He was sent to help open the new Mexico City Center.

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