Introduction


Robert Earl Burton founded The Fellowship of Friends in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1970. Burton modeled his own group after that of Alex Horn, loosely borrowing from the Fourth Way teachings of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky. In recent years, the Fellowship has cast its net more broadly, embracing any spiritual tradition that includes (or can be interpreted to include) the notion of "presence."

The Fellowship of Friends exhibits the hallmarks of a "doomsday religious cult," wherein Burton exercises absolute authority, and demands loyalty and obedience. He warns that his is the only path to consciousness and eternal life. Invoking his gift of prophecy, he has over the years prepared his flock for great calamities (e.g. a depression in 1984, the fall of California in 1998, nuclear holocaust in 2006, and most recently the October 2018 "Fall of California Redux.")

But according to Burton, Armageddon still looms in our future and when it finally arrives, non-believers shall perish, while through the direct intervention and guidance from 44 angels (recently expanded to 81 angels, including himself and his divine father, Leonardo da Vinci) Burton and his followers shall be spared, founding a new, and more perfect civilization.

Many regard Robert Earl Burton a narcissist and sociopath, surrounded by a largely greed- and power-driven inner circle. The following pages offer abundant evidence supporting that conclusion.

This archive draws from official Fellowship publications and websites, news archives, court documents, cult education and awareness forums, the Internet Archive, the long-running Fellowship of Friends - Living Presence Discussion, the (former) Fellowship of Friends wikispace project, the (ill-fated 2007) Fellowship of Friends Wikipedia page, and the editor's own 13-year experience in the Fellowship. Presented in a reverse chronology, the Fellowship's history may be navigated via the "Blog Archive" located in the sidebar below.

Friday, February 28, 1975

February 1975 Notes

Union 76 logo, omen for Robert Earl Burton, Fellowship of Friends cult leader crystallizing in 1976
Union 76 logo, an omen signifying
Robert Burton will "crystallize"
as a "Man Number 6" in 1976.

The first week of each month is considered "Farm Week" and Fellowship members in outlying centers are encouraged to make the journey to Oregon House to join in projects underway at the Fellowship property.

February 13:
A Caterpillar D-8 is delivered to The Farm. It will expedite the clearing of land for future vineyard.
February 24:
A Fellowship truck hauling a D-8 "ripper" attachment to The Farm lost its trailer. The trailer and implement sailed off into a ravine along Marysville Road. A potentially deadly accident.

Other Notes:
Robert Burton stated the Union 76 gas stations, with their illuminated spherical signs high in the air, represent an omen, signifying Burton would "crystallize" as a "Man Number 6" in 1976. The ubiquitous service stations would cause students to "be present" and remind them of the miraculous event approaching. (Union Oil apparently knew nothing of this mystical influence.)

The Fellowship Farm is supplied with fuels in bulk from the Union 76 dealer in Marysville. While purchasing fuels for "farm use" and taking advantage of tax savings, the Fellowship commonly (and illegally) used the fuels for "highway use." In fact, the Fellowship sold fuels to members traveling to and from the farm.