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, December 31, 1980

December 1980 Notes

"Renaissance Vine" newsletter [summarized]
The “Milton Pond” [where barn once stood] has six swans
No gum chewing
Live Christmas trees are acceptable
Members should pay debts by December 1, 1983 [in anticipation of predicted Depression]
December 6 and 7: American String Quartet
December 19: Beverly Coyne sings Jenny Lind songs
December 22 and 23: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
December 25: Souvenirs of Florence
December 31: The Messiah by Handel
January 2: Hans Weisshaar [violin restorer, died 1991]
January 3 and 4: Zara Nelsova, cello [died 2002]
January 10 and 12: Eudice Shapiro and Brooks Smith [Smith retired in 1988, died in 2000.]
Photo: “Dawn of Renaissance” [actually a sunset]

1,361 members: 805 men (59%), 556 women (41%), “and 44 angels”, average age: 32 [not including the 44 angels!]

Other Notes
 According to Harold Wirk, growth rate of the Fellowship slowed 90% in1980, making it the slowest growth year of the decade.

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