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, Burton and his followers, through the direct intervention and guidance from 44 angels (including Burton's divine father, Leonardo da Vinci) 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.

Tuesday, November 30, 1982

November 1982 Notes

"Renaissance Vine" newsletter [summarized]
Many persons are being moved into construction at the winery, and there have been cutbacks in other areas

Other Notes

November 5:
New Herman Miller dining tables arrive for the Lincoln Lodge.
November 8:
Riesling harvest in the rain. Much of the crop moldy and had to be left on the ground.
November 12:
Fellowship member Neal O’Brien dies in an automobile crash on Marysville Road in Brown’s Valley. [An on-coming pick-up truck carrying three teens apparently left the pavement and drove into the right shoulder. The driver over-corrected, swerving into Neal’s path, and colliding head-on with Neal’s Mercedes.] In the 12 years since its founding, there have been few member deaths. The organization is still youthful, with an average age probably still in the early-30s.
November 19:
Robert Burton returns from travels in Europe

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