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.

Saturday, July 1, 1978

July 1978 Notes

"Renaissance Vine" newsletter [Summarized]
    July marks the seventh anniversary of Renaissance

    June 19: After four years at Skyline Church, the Bay Area meeting was held at new location, a Greek Orthodox church 
    The future winery site was dedicated 
    Students are to refrain from buying Oriental carpets for two years [apparently, some issue with Roger C.!]

      Other Notes

      July 1:
      Dedication ceremony on the Winery Knoll
      July 4:
      Stella and Harold Wirk move to Renaissance!
      7th Anniversary of Renaissance
      July 7:
      First concrete pouring at winery site
      Construction work proceeds from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
      July 17:
      New word exercise instituted: avoid the word "so"
      July 19:
      While clearing for future vineyard, huge brush piles are set ablaze atop Mt. Renaissance.

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