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, November 14, 2016

Fellowship of Friends membership sees decline


[ed. - According to numbers provided by the ever-resourceful "Ollie," The Fellowship of Friends has 1,554 members worldwide. (Below, "Ollie" breaks it down by center.) This represents a slight decline from the last census I saw, which counted 1,597 members in November 2014.

The membership numbers do not tell the whole story, of course. Over the years, Burton and his officers have reduced membership fees for many, while making participation (in meetings and other events) more costly. This suggests the importance of maintaining the appearance of strong membership numbers, even if (as anecdotes suggest) member participation is suffering.]



"Ollie" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, November 7, 2016:
I haven’t posted here in years, so apologies if this is a bit out of context. I was a fof member for quite a long time but left, happily, some 10 years ago. Hearing about Asaf B’s recent exit and reading a few stories about what’s happening in the old cult now, I thought, oh dear, how many people are actually still willing to be part of this? Not that the fof has substantially changed over the years, but still, people must somehow have a sense, deep down in their hearts, that they are members of a painfully unhealthy and moronic organisation. Well, at some point I certainly did! Anyhow, I wondered about membership numbers: How many people are still in there, and where in the world do they live? I am in infrequent contact with someone who is still a fof member (he has his reasons…) and he was willing to share a collection of data from the fof database. So here is a whole bunch of numbers, sorry if it’s a bit much but they give at least some idea of what’s happened over the last 10 years. It’s surprising to me that, after a large drop between 2005 and 2007, the numbers have remained pretty steady at around 1,500 worldwide. And the fofers still seem to be able to recruit a few new followers here and there. Looks like they’re doing pretty well in Russia, Mexico and India. So the sequence still sells! Amazing… Don’t spiritually inclined people google around these days? It’s not exactly difficult to find out what the fof is really all about, behind the pretty suits and ties.

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TOTAL FOF MEMBERSHIP
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Dec 2005: 2,173
Nov 2007: 1,848
Dec 2010: 1,519
Dec 2013: 1,592
Nov 2016: 1,554

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USA / CANADA
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Oregon House (Apollo)
Nov 2007: 680
Dec 2010: 565
Dec 2013: 561
Nov 2016: 530

Atlanta
Nov 2007: 5
Dec 2010: 3
Dec 2013: 3
Nov 2016: 4

Los Angeles
Nov 2007: 6
Dec 2010: 7
Dec 2013: 5
Nov 2016: 5

Miami
Nov 2007: 0
Dec 2010: 0
Dec 2013: 0
Nov 2016: 10

New York
Nov 2007: 17
Dec 2010: 18
Dec 2013: 28
Nov 2016: 19

Palo Alto
Nov 2007: 12
Dec 2010: 9
Dec 2013: 3
Nov 2016: 10

Sacramento
Nov 2007: 12
Dec 2010: 10
Dec 2013: 8
Nov 2016: 19

San Francisco
Nov 2007: 13
Dec 2010: 7
Dec 2013: 5
Nov 2016: 11

Washington, DC
Nov 2007: 10
Dec 2010: 10
Dec 2013: 0
Nov 2016: 0

Toronto
Nov 2007: 7
Dec 2010: 6
Dec 2013: 5
Nov 2016: 9

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MEXICO
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Mexico City
Nov 2007: 53
Dec 2010: 57
Dec 2013: 47
Nov 2016: 55

Monterrey
Nov 2007: 7
Dec 2010: 10
Dec 2013: 3
Nov 2016: 0

Tijuana
Nov 2007: 35
Dec 2010: 19
Dec 2013: 26
Nov 2016: 30

Veracruz
Nov 2007: 7
Dec 2010: 0
Dec 2013: 0
Nov 2016: 0

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SOUTH AMERICA
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Bogota
Nov 2007: 9
Dec 2010: 7
Dec 2013: 17
Nov 2016: 5

Buenos Aires
Nov 2007: 33
Dec 2010: 21
Dec 2013: 25
Nov 2016: 27

Campinas
Nov 2007: 12
Dec 2010: 13
Dec 2013: 15
Nov 2016: 10

Porto Alegre
Nov 2007: 5
Dec 2010: 3
Dec 2013: 3
Nov 2016: 3

San Salvador
Nov 2007: 16
Dec 2010: 9
Dec 2013: 8
Nov 2016: 4

Santiago
Nov 2007: 13
Dec 2010: 9
Dec 2013: 13
Nov 2016: 11

Sao Paulo
Nov 2007: 28
Dec 2010: 20
Dec 2013: 15
Nov 2016: 15

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EUROPE
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Amsterdam
Nov 2007: 30
Dec 2010: 27
Dec 2013: 25
Nov 2016: 26

Athens
Nov 2007: 27
Dec 2010: 23
Dec 2013: 18
Nov 2016: 17

Barcelona
Nov 2007: 4
Dec 2010: 0
Dec 2013: 0
Nov 2016: 0

Berlin
Nov 2007: 0
Dec 2010: 0
Dec 2013: 5
Nov 2016: 0

Brussels
Nov 2007: 10
Dec 2010: 9
Dec 2013: 5
Nov 2016: 5

Bucharest
Nov 2007: 15
Dec 2010: 14
Dec 2013: 10
Nov 2016: 13

Budapest:
Nov 2007: 6
Dec 2010: 5
Dec 2013: 4
Nov 2016: 4

Cologne
Nov 2007: 5
Dec 2010: 0
Dec 2013: 0
Nov 2016: 0

Copenhagen
Nov 2007: 6
Dec 2010: 4
Dec 2013: 3
Nov 2016: 3

Florence
Nov 2007: 17
Dec 2010: 13
Dec 2013: 11
Nov 2016: 8

Ljubljana
Nov 2007: 16
Dec 2010: 21
Dec 2013: 18
Nov 2016: 9

London
Nov 2007: 41
Dec 2010: 38
Dec 2013: 43
Nov 2016: 44

Madrid
Nov 2007: 12
Dec 2010: 7
Dec 2013: 0
Nov 2016: 0

Milan
Nov 2007: 44
Dec 2010: 33
Dec 2013: 31
Nov 2016: 31

Modena
Dec 2010: 0
Dec 2013: 0
Nov 2016: 5

Munich
Nov 2007: 7
Dec 2010: 3
Dec 2013: 2
Nov 2016: 0

Naples
Nov 2007: 12
Dec 2010: 14
Dec 2013: 16
Nov 2016: 20

Nice:
Nov 2007: 4
Dec 2010: 0
Dec 2013: 0
Nov 2016: 0

North Germany
Nov 2007: 12
Dec 2010: 7
Dec 2013: 5
Nov 2016: 0

Palermo
Nov 2007: 1
Dec 2010: 0
Dec 2013: 0
Nov 2016: 0

Paris
Nov 2007: 23
Dec 2010: 21
Dec 2013: 27
Nov 2016: 23

Prague
Nov 2007: 9
Dec 2010: 8
Dec 2013: 9
Nov 2016: 11

Rome
Nov 2007: 19
Dec 2010: 12
Dec 2013: 17
Nov 2016: 13

Spain
Nov 2007: 0
Dec 2010: 0
Dec 2013: 18
Nov 2016: 0

Valencia
Nov 2007: 14
Dec 2010: 5
Dec 2013: 0
Nov 2016: 14

Venice
Nov 2007: 8
Dec 2010: 8
Dec 2013: 0
Nov 2016: 0

Vienna
Nov 2007: 8
Dec 2010: 2
Dec 2013: 0
Nov 2016: 0

Vilnius
Nov 2007: 7
Dec 2010: 0
Dec 2013: 0
Nov 2016: 0

Zagreb
Nov 2007: 6
Dec 2010: 0
Dec 2013: 0
Nov 2016: 0

Zurich
Nov 2007: 5
Dec 2010: 7
Dec 2013: 7
Nov 2016: 7

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MIDDLE EAST
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Ankara
Nov 2007: 0
Dec 2010: 0
Dec 2013: 0
Nov 2016: 16

Beirut
Nov 2007: 19
Dec 2010: 23
Dec 2013: 11
Nov 2016: 17

Istanbul
Nov 2007: 7
Dec 2010: 7
Dec 2013: 42
Nov 2016: 22

Surat
Nov 2007: 0
Dec 2010: 0
Dec 2013: 0
Nov 2016: 10

Tel Aviv
Nov 2007: 48
Dec 2010: 31
Dec 2013: 40
Nov 2016: 32

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RUSSIA & UKRAINE
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Barnaul
Nov 2007: 10
Dec 2010: 6
Dec 2013: 7
Nov 2016: 5

Khabarovsk
Nov 2007: 10
Dec 2010: 6
Dec 2013: 2
Nov 2016: 0

Kiev
Nov 2007: 32
Dec 2010: 38
Dec 2013: 49
Nov 2016: 42

Minsk
Nov 2007: 13
Dec 2010: 16
Dec 2013: 15
Nov 2016: 11

Moscow
Nov 2007: 84
Dec 2010: 79
Dec 2013: 116
Nov 2016: 118

Nizhny Novgorod
Nov 2007: 16
Dec 2010: 13
Dec 2013: 0
Nov 2016: 0

Novosibirsk
Nov 2007: 14
Dec 2010: 9
Dec 2013: 8
Nov 2016: 5

Odessa
Nov 2007: 7
Dec 2010: 0
Dec 2013: 0
Nov 2016: 0

Petrozavodsk
Nov 2007: 10
Dec 2010: 13
Dec 2013: 15
Nov 2016: 13

St. Petersburg
Nov 2007: 71
Dec 2010: 48
Dec 2013: 50
Nov 2016: 63

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ASIA
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Ahmedabad
Nov 2007: 49
Dec 2010: 57
Dec 2013: 65
Nov 2016: 57

Beijing
Nov 2007: 5
Dec 2010: 4
Dec 2013: 4
Nov 2016: 6

Mumbai
Nov 2007: 13
Dec 2010: 12
Dec 2013: 17
Nov 2016: 15

Rajkot
Nov 2007: 20
Dec 2010: 17
Dec 2013: 21
Nov 2016: 20

Shanghai
Nov 2007: 27
Dec 2010: 19
Dec 2013: 20
Nov 2016: 14

Taipei
Nov 2007: 3
Dec 2010: 2
Dec 2013: 1
Nov 2016: 0

Tokyo
Nov 2007: 3
Dec 2010: 0
Dec 2013: 0
Nov 2016: 0

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MISCELLANEOUS
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Worldwide
Nov 2007: 38
Dec 2010: 35
Dec 2013: 45
Nov 2016: 52

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