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.

Tuesday, December 30, 1980

Fellowship of Friends 1980 recruitment analysis

[ed. - This report was prepared by Harold Wirk in 1980. According to Harold, the Fellowship's growth rate in 1980 declined by 90%, making it the lowest growth year of the decade. Only the opening remarks and recommendations are shown below. View the entire report on the Internet Archive.]

CURRENT TRENDS

There is a discernible pattern(or cycle) of growth within the Teaching. With the study of octaves we learned that SHOCKS can keep an octave going  in a desired direction. If we know the pattern of a cycle we can use shocks to either reinforce a positive direction - or reverse a trend that is undesirable. "The cyclic FORCE may be inevitable, but the cyclic RESULT in many instances is subject to our will - IF WE KNOW IN ADVANCE ABOUT THE FORCE." (from "Cycles")

The Teaching is NOW in need of a POSITIVE SHOCK!

Recommendations

"NOW is the time for the Fellowship to RESTRICT SPENDING at ALL levels ("from the top on down") as many students are reaching their financial limits - and depending upon rising membership to increase revenue seems unlikely.

"The Fellowship NEEDS a positive change of direction - or shock - to reverse the current trends. At the least, more effort should be made to eliminate NEGATIVE SHOCKS (such as increased "donations," fines, misuse of power, etc.) A downward trend can quickly gather momentum - and the result could be even worse than predicted." - H. Wirk 12/80

Read more at the Internet Archive.

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