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, July 31, 1980

July 1980 Notes

"Renaissance Vine" newsletter [summarized]
Let us toast to the 9th anniversary of our beloved Renaissance, which carries a great responsibility for posterity, for it is here the gods have taken their stand to ensure humanity shall survive Armageddon. – Robert Burton, July 4th
Centers closing this year: Minneapolis (June), Baltimore (June), St. Louis (June), Cincinnati (July), Montreal (July), Detroit (August), Hawaii (September).

No athletics (this is a "task")

No more open meetings for prospective students – they were deemed ineffectual

No popular or rock music allowed in "Teaching Houses" (private homes where meetings take place)

Members can now use the address “Renaissance, CA” on mail

"Pantheon Industries" is dedicated

July 3 and 4: Tales of Hoffman

July 19 and 20: Menahem Pressler

July 26 and 27: La Boheme

August 25 and 26: Beaux Arts Trio

September 6 and 7: Zara Nelsova
Current Membership: 1,383
Photo: illumination (artwork)

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