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.

Monday, January 4, 1999

Greg Goodwin's message to Fellowship of Friends members

"Greg Goodwin 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.

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