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.

Friday, October 31, 1980

October 1980 Notes

"Renaissance Vine" newsletter [summarized]
September 10: Barn removed and pond construction started on site
October 18 and 19: Scottish Baroque Ensemble
October 25 and 26: Beaux Arts Trio
November 1 and 2: Don Giovanni
November 8 and 9: Philadelphia (?)
November 22 and 23: Istvan Nadas
November 24: Christiane Edinger and Gerhard Puchelt [father/daughter]
September 27: Cabernet harvest – about 11-1/2 tons of reds harvested
1,385 members
Photos: harvest on the Petite Sirah slope, new pond site as seen from the Riesling slope

Other Notes

October 8:
Alice in Wonderland shown at "The Dobbins House"
Robert Burton is traveling in Europe
Sauvignon Blanc harvested yesterday
Karl Werner is enthusiastic about the quality of grapes this year
Tomorrow is the first "public" tasting of a Renaissance wine, the 1979 Zinfandel

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