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, July 4, 2005

"Apollo" is now "Isis"

Robert Earl Burton's Fellowship of Friends cult compound at Isis (Apollo) California
Official Fellowship of Friends photo

[ed. - I have posted this in the timeline according to the date the announcement was made.]

"Comrade" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, July 4, 2007:
From an old email…
“July 7, 2005: At the start of the July 4th dinner celebrating the 34th anniversary of the founding of Apollo, our Teacher gave a toast announcing that we are changing the name of Apollo to Isis. He had been considering a change for some time, but was unclear which of two names to use. Wayne and Corinne Mott told Robert that on their recent travel to Los Angeles to see the King Tut exhibit they passed a street named “Apollo” and right afterwards they came upon another street called “Isis”. This was sufficient for Robert to recognize this is indeed the name to use to best express the new being and direction of our School.
[ed. - Image that is presumed to be referenced below]

“Isis represents the nine of hearts, a forerunner of Mary mother of Christ (Steward) and also Work ‘I’ #1: Be Present. In the photograph below, she is shown on the left, whereas her sister, Nephthys, who represents Work ‘I’ #2: Prolong Presence, is shown on the right. Between the two female figures is that of Osiris-Re, who represents the Steward. The figure of Osiris-Re stands upon an Egyptian hieroglyphic symbol that means “Truth”. Truth represents the Thirty Work ‘I’s. The hands of Isis and Nephthys are positioned alongside Osiris-Re, supporting the Steward in the effort to assert and prolong presence.”

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