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, February 1, 1982

"The Fate of the Earth"

 The New Yorker Magazine of February 1, 1982 featured Jonathan Schell's article "The Fate of the Earth", "describing the consequences of a full-scale nuclear war and [the] writer's views about how to avoid the extinction of mankind, which would be the result."

Of course, for years this fear had been reinforced in every Fellowship of Friends member's mind, as Robert Burton predicted civilization would be brought to its knees by a nuclear holocaust in 2006, then twenty-four years into the future. At the time, Burton claimed The Fellowship of Friends' destiny would be to preserve civilization for the post-Armageddon age, to form a new "Ark" as he termed it.

Part of the Gods' ("Higher Forces") plan for saving the Fellowship of Friends and its compound in Oregon house, CA would be to eliminate the area as a potential target in the future nuclear holocaust. (Beale Air Force Base, with its SR-71 and U-2 spy planes, was less than twenty miles away.) This would be accomplished, Burton predicted, in the Spring of 1998, with "The Fall of California". California's cataclysmic fall into the Pacific Ocean would leave the new Pacific shoreline just a few miles west of Oregon House. (On drives into the Sacramento Valley, Burton would even point out features in the landscape that would delineate the new seashore. He ominously spoke of a time when Reno would be the largest city on the West Coast.)

The Fellowship's winery under construction at the time was supposedly engineered to survive both the massive earthquake that would precipitate the "Fall of California" and the nuclear holocaust that would follow.

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