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 an ominous, yet unspecified new threat late in 2018.) While non-believers shall perish, through the direct intervention and guidance from 44 angels (including his divine father, Leonardo da Vinci) Burton and his followers will 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
on official Fellowship publications and websites,
news archives, court documents, cult education and awareness forums, the (former) Fellowship Wikipedia page, the long-running Fellowship of Friends - Living Presence Discussion, the Internet Archive, the (former) Fellowship of Friends wiki project, 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.

Monday, May 31, 1976

May 1976 Notes

Mount Carmel newsletter (summarized)
The Fellowship compound in Oregon House is now to be called "Mount Carmel", not "The Farm" or "The Ranch"
When ending a relationship, students are to wait one year before entering another 
The no leg-crossing exercise ended in March 
The six-week exercise of no TV, radio, magazines ends April 12
Cinema now showing Thursdays and Saturdays at Mt. Carmel [ballet, opera, Shakespeare plays]

Other Notes

May 8:
Chenin Blanc cuttings are being planted in the vineyard nursery.
May 26:
The Fellowship has purchased the Doyle Property [The double-wide home on the property will be called "The Rilke Cottage," and will serve as Karl Werner's residence.]
May 29:
The first grapevine rootings were planted in the vineyard
May 31:
After tonight’s Bay Area concert (Paul Renzi, flute and Anne Adams, harp) members departed for new centers: Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago, New Orleans, Houston, and New York.

Salaried students are being given an extra $25 and were invited to Carmel.

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