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, January 31, 1980

January 1980 Notes

"Renaissance Vine" newsletter [summarized]
Ladies are to take up sewing and knitting

This is the tenth anniversary of The Fellowship of Friends. The Fellowship began January 1, 1970 in Lafayette, CA. Membership growth over the years:

Year 1        26 members
  2              80
  3            127
  4            279
  5            477
  6            545
  7            885
  8         1,035
  9         1,186
10         1,346

Photos: Riesling grapes in winter, Shop 2 slab

Other Notes

January 1:
New word exercise: avoid using "in." ("Within" or "inside" are permissible.)
January 2:
Robert is considering Mercedes buses for the Los Angeles and San Francisco centers.
January 30:
Robert leaves for Europe.
Harold Wirk's notes for 1980:
Kloumans quit 10/80. 1980 emphasis: restrictions, tasks, fines, obedience. "Organized religion" emphasis (2/80). Payments: $350 mo. 1980: growth rate declines by 90%. (Lowest growth year)

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