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, July 31, 1984

July 1984 Notes

"Renaissance Vine" newsletter [summarized]
June 16, 1984 celebration for the completion of the bottle-storage (first) level of the winery.

Under the dome, erected in July 1978, concrete pads have been poured for the stainless steel fermentation tanks. To date, 64,500 gallons of wine holding capacity has been installed, that is, 40 per cent of the total planned. About 75 per cent of the mechanical equipment for the winery has already been pruchased and installed and is now operating...Facilities are nearly ready to bottle the vintages of recent years.

[Discussion of concrete batching, pouring, construction]
At the present rate of construction, the barrel-storage (second) level walls, already begun, and ceiling should be completed by September, 1985. With the finishing of the barrel-storage level, work can proceed then on the completion of the upper (third level) of Renaissance Winery.

[Discussion of grape growing season]

Meeting and Performance Schedule
August 3: Renaissance Meeting
August 18: California Meeting
August 25: Moliere's The Imaginary Invalid, by the Troupe de Amis

"Bares Reposting" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, August 19, 2012:
97. Fee fi fo fum

‘Can you say more about Bengt’s possible suicide? I knew he had died, but not the circumstances.’
From the Greater Fellowship site, In Memoriam:
Bengt Lungren
Died: Summer of 1984.
Cause of death: Gunshot, suicide.
Posted by J. M. G., September 2, 2009:
‘Bengt was a wonderful friend in the brief time I knew him. We met at Renaissance and hit it off immediately in conversation. Later we both had left the Fellowship and he and his wife had moved to SF and joined the G. Foundation, working with Jacob Needleman as group leader at the old meeting place, St Elmo. I moved to SF to join the Foundation and just before I left Seattle (Summer of 1984) I got a call that Bengt had shot himself with a revolver in his home. This death still shocks me because he had so much I wanted to know more about. Bengt, thank you for your kindness to me and the encouragement to my soul. I hope you have peace.

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