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 most recently the October 2018 "Fall of California Redux.")

But according to Burton, Armageddon still looms in our future and when it finally arrives, non-believers shall perish, while through the direct intervention and guidance from 44 angels (recently expanded to 81 angels, including himself and his divine father, Leonardo da Vinci) Burton and his followers shall 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 from official Fellowship publications and websites, news archives, court documents, cult education and awareness forums, the Internet Archive, the long-running Fellowship of Friends - Living Presence Discussion, the (former) Fellowship of Friends wikispace project, the (ill-fated) Fellowship Wikipedia page, 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, January 9, 1998

Advice for those preparing for The Fall of California

"Stella Wirk" wrote on alt.consciousness.4th-way, January 9, 1998:
You are right about *most* FOF members not reading this newsgroup (and right about them having "no world outside of FOF"). Most of 'em can't afford anything else.

There are *some* who do read it, just to see what is said about FOF, maybe to just keep up with the gossip and other complaints that come along.

The thought occurred to me to post the link below for current FOF members who are being asked to move east (out of California) in preparation for California to fall into the ocean - let me see, Burton has given his prophesy that California is going to fall into the Pacific Ocean in 1998 on April 12th at 11 am.

(Give or take a few minutes, no doubt. <G>)

In any case, the woman who predicted accurately the big blow up of Mt. St. Helens in Washington State, Charlotte King, has a web site which may be of interest particularly to FOF members, especially if they are choosing NOT to move from California:

http://www.viser.net/~charking/  At this site one may subscribe to volcanic and earthquake "alerts" from her page.

I hasten to add that I am not making fun of Ms. King, as after reading "Charlotte's Story" on her page, methinks she is quite sincere, and is indeed tuning in somehow to cataclysmic events. (Scientists 'testing' her abilities found that she is 75-80% accurate, and with Mt. St. Helens, she was right on the button (100%).

Thursday, January 1, 1998

Selfish spritualism

"Bares Reposting" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, May 5, 2009:
“having one’s own spiritual advancement as the focus of one’s life is totally self-absorbed, and hence self-centered at a more hidden level.”
I remember, back in about [or] just before 1998, there were these crisis meetings at the Fellowship of Friends headquarters in Oregon House, California, because there was a resource shortage and a Ming furniture collection that was not selling, worth tens of millions of dollars, supposedly. Ming rich, cash poor. (Ming ming ming ming ming ming ming ming ming!) Lincoln Lodge/Apollo d’Oro was closed. (How were people going to eat?) And other problems, like lawsuit(s) settled out-of-court for millions of dollars. Apollo Operations Group (AOG) meetings trying to find ways to combat the Olivehurst Gospel Assembly (OGA. Read more here: http://www.culteducation.com/group/927-fellowship-of-friends.html) actions – was one way to look at it. California’s fall was imminent. There were these meetings to get prepared, where people talked about how we would pull through helping each other and being generous, etc. (More of the usual ‘supercelestial thoughts; subterranean actions.’ In all honesty, there were some well meaning and acting folks.) We were not a selfish bunch of people that, when really bad times came, it would not be a ‘me-first’ (a play on the mi-fa) interval. So, one truth speaking quiet person got a chance to chime in, as suggestions from all and anyone were sought. Seldom did that person say anything. They said something like: Pretty much everyone in the Fellowship of Friends came there with the primary purpose of getting consciousness for themselves. (Little did they know what that meant!) At least that was the way it was for the speaker (honestly), and in many many years, the way for almost everyone that they had met there. These people did not come to give consciousness from themselves (as if they could) to others. In other words, first line of work [personal work] was paramount, and second and third lines [work for others, and for the "school"] were subject to falling by the WAYside, so to speak. Prime directive: selfish purpose ‘at a more hidden level.’