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, June 30, 1979

June 1979 Notes

"Renaissance Vine" newsletter [summarized]
Scraping has begun on Winery Knoll
Aggregate is being brought in (from Yuba River tailings piles, for concrete)
No bookmarking is to be done at Dutton bookstores
June 9 and 10 concerts: Beaux Arts Trio
1,231 members
Photos: California poppies on vineyard slope, marble bust of Mozart

Other Notes

June 1:
Antique Austrian vitrine is delivered to Renaissance.
June 2:
Scrapers begin moving soil on winery knoll for future barrel storage and bottling warehouse levels.
June 5:
A manufacturing project for Kopa Engineering is completed. Finished oak wood products, produced at "Wygal Manufacturing" (the Town Hall) for an office building in Saudi Arabia are loaded for shipment. Workers are given three days off and a $50 bonus.
June 9:
The Quarterly Concert features the Beaux Arts Trio.
Meetings with Remarkable Men is showing in San Francisco.
June 16:
Truckload of air-conditioning equipment donated to Renaissance by Phoenix member.
June 18:
Monday night Bay Area meetings resume at Skyline Church.
June 21:
Concrete batch plant is moved to winery knoll.
June 22:
Footings for Butler Building are poured.

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