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.

Thursday, May 1, 1980

May 1980 Notes

"Renaissance Vine" newsletter [summarized]
Wine tanks are being constructed at the Renaissance metal shop, Shop 2

90 acres of grapevines were planted this past winter

Land clearing underway for Shop 3 (automotive shop)

No smoking allowed at Renaissance

Those who wear glasses should change to contact lenses (for a more beautiful appearance)

Ladies are not to wear pants

Concerts:
May 10 and 11: Madame Butterfly
May 24 through 26: American String Quartet
Photos: two views of the Poseidon statue with red tulips
1,382 members

Other Notes

May 21:
Robert Burton returns from Europe
May 29:
News received of Fellowship member Raymond Kennedy’s drowning . He was reportedly body surfing at the time. As a result, Robert Burton imposed upon members a new “task”: avoid swimming.
[ed. - My recollection is that this occurred in Tahiti. Others claim Bali. Violation of a "task" involves more severe consequences than a violation of an "exercise."]
May 31:
Shop 3 [automotive and antique restoration] dedicated. “Pantheon Industries” inaugurated, with Kenneth Wygal managing operations at Renaissance.

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