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, October 31, 1995

October 1995 Census

[ed. - An October 1995 roster of Fellowship of Friends members lists 1,756 active members and 5,212 inactive (former) members. The roster, however, is not a complete accounting of membership since the Fellowship's 1970 founding. Instead, its starting point is the membership as of Winter 1977-78 (likely when the roster was first loaded onto the Fellowship's new computer system.) With a few exceptions, it omits all those "inactive members" who left the Fellowship in the first seven years. 

The December 1977 "Renaissance Vine" reported a then-current membership of 1,055, so the Fellowship has had a net gain of about 700 in the intervening 18 years. (By 2005, the population would grow to about 2,200 before beginning to decline. In October 2016, the Fellowship will number just 1,565 members. This despite, or perhaps because of, the advent of the internet.)]

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