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.")

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. Read more about the blog.

Presented in a reverse chronology, the Fellowship's history may be navigated via the "Blog Archive" located in the sidebar below.

Thursday, January 6, 2005

Citizenship and Immigration Services investigation begins

[ed. - Excerpt from U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement report posted on Internet Archive. See also, Citizenship and Immigration Services issues report of April 13, 2007 visit.]
On January 3, 2005, the ASAIC, Sacramento received a lead from the ICE Law
Enforcement Support Center (LESC) tip-line relating to a group called the
Fellowship of Friends (FOF) in Oregon House, CA. It was alleged that the FOF
was bringing aliens to the United States on religious (R-i) visas for sexual
exploitation. Investigation to date has revealed that the aliens who have
been petitioned for by the FOF to enter the U.S. on R-l visas have been
employed by the FOF in menial non-religious jobs for extremely low wages.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigation of Fellowship of Friends human trafficking

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