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, July 4, 2005

"Apollo" is now "Isis"

Robert Earl Burton's Fellowship of Friends cult compound at Isis (Apollo) California
Official Fellowship of Friends photo

[ed. - I have posted this in the timeline according to the date the announcement was made.]

"Comrade" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, July 4, 2007:
From an old email…
“July 7, 2005: At the start of the July 4th dinner celebrating the 34th anniversary of the founding of Apollo, our Teacher gave a toast announcing that we are changing the name of Apollo to Isis. He had been considering a change for some time, but was unclear which of two names to use. Wayne and Corinne Mott told Robert that on their recent travel to Los Angeles to see the King Tut exhibit they passed a street named “Apollo” and right afterwards they came upon another street called “Isis”. This was sufficient for Robert to recognize this is indeed the name to use to best express the new being and direction of our School.
[ed. - Image that is presumed to be referenced below]

“Isis represents the nine of hearts, a forerunner of Mary mother of Christ (Steward) and also Work ‘I’ #1: Be Present. In the photograph below, she is shown on the left, whereas her sister, Nephthys, who represents Work ‘I’ #2: Prolong Presence, is shown on the right. Between the two female figures is that of Osiris-Re, who represents the Steward. The figure of Osiris-Re stands upon an Egyptian hieroglyphic symbol that means “Truth”. Truth represents the Thirty Work ‘I’s. The hands of Isis and Nephthys are positioned alongside Osiris-Re, supporting the Steward in the effort to assert and prolong presence.”

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