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 2007) Fellowship of Friends 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.

Monday, January 4, 1999

"Grog W. Goldwing (not his real name)TM" message to Fellowship of Friends members

"Grog W. Goldwing (not his real name)TM" wrote on alt.consciousness.4th-way, January 4, 1999:
Robert Burton said:

"I am a prophet."

"We are the greatest school since Christ's. "

"California is the artichoke capitol of the world…It means it will choke in 1998." [The Fall of California]

Dear Fellowship members, your "teacher" is not conscious, he the opposite of conscious, he is mentally ill. It is the last year of the century, do not let the century turn without breaking free from the collective and criminal madness of this cult you have landed in through accident. You cannot continue to pay Burton money, to support his "lifestyle," without being counted by Higher Forces as part of a wrong and criminal element. You are not in the inner circle, you are in the outer most circle of darkness, a circle of madness-- under the influence of a false prophet. What is prophecy that fails? It is imagination. Burton predicted the fall of California for over twenty years, that is twenty years of imagination. How much more? Dear member you need to think as well as feel, you will lose nothing by leaving the Fellowship. Instead you will regain your intelligence.