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.

Wednesday, January 1, 1997

Another "conscious being" is proclaimed...and promptly departs

[ed. - The date of these events is unknown and this post's location in the timeline is an approximation. In the 1990s, James Rodney Cecil Tyndale-Biscoe, a Fellowship member and former Director with Seagrams Distillers, was appointed President of Renaissance Vineyard and Winery. Robert Burton subsequently declared him a conscious being, "a man number 5." After departing the Fellowship together, Tyndale-Biscoe and former Fellowship of Friends President Kristina Nielsen would go on to become (respectively) President and Vice President of the World University, in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1998. See also Tyndale-Biscoe and Nielsen's alleged statements regarding the Ming Furniture Lawsuit.]

"Wondering Who's Watching" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, October 6, 2013:
[Quoting] swhite44 – October 5, 2013:
There was another guy who was something like a director for Seagrams, the alcohol company, whom Robert proclaimed ‘conscious’. That guy quickly ‘lost the school’.
Yes, the person you describe was appointed president of Renaissance Vineyard & Winery by Robert Earl Burton (REB) and then, shortly thereafter, declared to be a ‘Man Number Five’ by REB. He was English and married one of the longterm and respected members of Fellowship of Friends (FoF) who was then president of FoF. They both encouraged FoF members to think for themselves, which was not the norm in the cult. That got both of them ‘excommunicated.’ This was in the 1990′s, about the same time as the T.B. [Troy Buzbee] incident and lawsuit.

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