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, March 26, 1996

Online discussions thrive in the 90s

[Throughout the 90s, lively debates about Robert Burton and The Fellowship of Friends took place on forums hosted by Usenet, Geocities, and others. These forums attracted many ex-Fellowship of Friends members, including Stella Wirk, Joel Friedlander, Greg Goodwin, James Harper, Duncan Shockley (aka Scott Duncan), Max Taylor, John Engel, and others. Layne Negrin was among a handful of current Fellowship members participating. Around 1996, Stella started her own news group. (She had maintained large "social networks" since leaving the Fellowship in the early 80s.)

Following Stella's death in December 2001, the online activity subsided, but in 2006 the Esoteric Sheik's blog would breathe new life into the online debates. Some of the archived discussions have been absorbed into Google and Yahoo Groups. Below are a few snippets from material still accessible.]

alt.consciousness.4th-way home page

James Harper, Max Taylor, Joel Friedlander on Usenet 1994

Stella on the Fall of California

References to RB

Stella can't believe someone is ahead of her...

Greg Goodwin defends the Fellowship???

James Harper and Stella look for another forum

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