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, April 30, 1983

April 1983 Notes

From the Fellowship of Friends Wiki Page:

[ed. - thoughts from "The Teacher," Robert Burton, with apparent index number shown.]
Humanity as an organism does not have an immunity to a synthetic poison such as the neutron bomb. (040183.813)

This year (1983) signifies the beginning of the depression and the chain of events that will evbentually lead to Armadgeddon. First in this chain will be the depression, which will require a war in the Middle East to lift us from it; then will come the fall of California, and finally, 2006. The Last Judgment (Armageddon). I have, to an extent, laid my role as a prophet on the line by predicting these events in the years 1984, 1997, 1998 and 2006. (040183.18)

Armageddon will be the biggest tragedy humanity has ever experienced. (040183.812)

We are a people who shall endure the Last Judgement; imagine it is only twenty-three years away. (040183.92)

Armageddon will occur in a flash, and in a flash our new civilization shall rise. (040183.118)

The most dire events in history are brewing and will take place in the next twenty three years. Humanity will be destroyed by a volley of devastating events. (040183.59)

We are all that is real in the world when we are present, and we shall be the only reality after Armageddon.
 (040183.126)

(In reference to a picture of a man in Poldi Pezzoli Museum, receiving divine inspiration)
People flatter themselves in thinking they are inspired from above. (040183.58)

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