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.

Monday, September 22, 1986

The New Yorker reports on Rajneeshpuram

The New Yorker publishes a two-part series about Rajneeshpuram, a commune in Central Oregon led by the Indian guru, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.

Comparisons had been made for years, but this publication brought the case home. The similarities between Rajneeshpuram and Renaissance cause some members to seriously question whether The Fellowship of Friends is indeed a cult.

Part 1 (Abstract)
Part 2 (Abstract)

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