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.

Saturday, January 31, 1981

January 1981 Notes

Fellowship of Friends cult leader Robert Earl Burton's 1981 Mercedes-Benz 380SEL luxury car
The Fellowship purchased a 1981 Mercedes-Benz 380SEL for Robert Earl Burton's travels.

On the advice that it might not be wise for a "pastor" to flaunt his wealth in a chauffeured Rolls Royce, a more modest vehicle was suggested. The Mercedes-Benz 380 SEL sold for only $44,298 at the time.

[ed. - In Oregon at this time, Baghwan Shree Rashneesh's fleet of Rolls Royces was attracting widespread attention and casting cults in an unflattering materialistic light!] 

"Renaissance Vine" newsletter [summarized]
After three-and-a-half years of weekly publication, Renaissance Journal will move to twice-monthly publication.
New task: avoid gossip
The coming depression will last about 1,000 days [Robert's prophecy]
January 17 and 18: La Traviata
January 24 and 25: Pepe and Celin Romero (Spanish guitar)
January 30 and 31: LaSalle Quartet
February 7 and 8: Sydney Harth, violin (died February 11, 2011)
February 13 and 14: Nicanor Zabaleta (harp)(died 1993)
1,370 members
Photo: Swans on Milton Pond

Other Notes

January 5:
Robert departs Renaissance
January 7:
"The Goethe Academy" [later, "The Galleria"] opens for tours
January 22:
 1981 Mercedes-Benz 380 SEL is purchased for Robert. The Rolls Royce was sold/traded.

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