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, March 6, 2006

The 30th Anniversary of Robert's "crystallization"

Fellowship of Friends leader and dandy Robert Earl Burton in Apollo Galleria
Fellowship dandy, Robert Earl Burton (Source: Fellowship of Friends)

[ed. - The following is an e-mail message from Robert Burton, and reminds this writer of two songs from Burton's "magnetic center" days: More and In My Life (though Burton would certainly not quote such "ignoble" sources.) Burton loves the aphorism, "What one gains, we all gain." Anyone "with eyes to see" knows this is a lie. Burton has always been, by orders of magnitude, the primary beneficiary of The Fellowship of Friends religion. Also see Quotations from Robert Earl Burton - 2003.]
My dears, the thirtieth anniversary of my crystallization is upon us. I woke up at 4:05 this morning, remembering the event. On that day we broke through time and death as a school. The school proved itself as a school; what one gains, we all gain. More than the pyramids along the Nile, more than the Taj Mahal in India, more than the Forbidden City in Beijing - in my life, I loved you more.

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