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, December 31, 1974

Robert Burton on the Fellowship's fifth birthday

Robert Earl Burton (R. E. Burton) founder of Fellowship of Friends cult
December 1974. Robert Earl Burton is seen walking to the "Lincoln Lodge,"
with the old barn in the background. The Fellowship property was then
known as "The Farm," or "The Ranch." Photo by Drew Kampion.
(Click on this link for a more recent photo of Burton walking the
same path, now called Sacred Way.) 

Robert Earl Burton (R. E. Burton), founder of Fellowship of Friends cult
Early on, Burton eschewed  being photographed.
Undercover photo by Drew Kampion.
Robert Earl Burton (R.E. Burton), founder of Fellowship of Friends
At midnight, Burton and Fellowship
members celebrated the school's fifth
anniversary. Behind his left shoulder
stands Kimo Beech, one of many tragic
figures in The Fellowship of Friends.
(See "Kimo's Story")

From a member's journal:
Later, we all gathered in the “living room” around a cake bearing little figures of Hansel and Gretel and the number 5 (signifying the fifth anniversary of the Fellowship, but also Robert’s position as a “man number 5”)

There were readings, including John Milton’s “On His Blindness” and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Sonnet.

Robert expressed the wish “may we receive what we so desperately desire.”

Noting the cake with the “5”, he said there will be “infinite joy when the candles read 6” (when he becomes a “man number 6”, that is, fully “conscious.”)

All the while, Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” softly filled the room.

See "Veronicapoe's" assessment of the first few years of The Fellowship of Friends.

1 comment:

  1. This cult only survives because of secrecy and the lack of exchange of information. A few people have referred to it as a "golden veil." There's classical music, art, fine dining, and conversation on lofty topics -- but with ugliness on the other side of the curtain.

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