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, 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:  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%).

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