Presented in reverse chronology, this history stretches from the present back to the Fellowship's 1970 founding, and beyond.
(See "Blog Archive" in the sidebar below.) It draws from many sources, including The Fellowship of Friends - Living Presence Discussion, the Internet Archive, the former Fellowship of Friends wiki project, cult education and awareness sites, news archives, and from the editor's own 13-year experience in the Fellowship.

The portrait that emerges stands in stark contrast to sanitized versions presented on the Fellowship's array of
alluring websites, and on derivative sites created by Burton's now-estranged
disciple, Asaf Braverman.

Saturday, September 9, 2006

Robert Burton humiliated by Higher Forces' failure to trigger World War III

[ed. - For decades, Robert Burton has been preparing his followers for this event. This was to be the really big one, Armageddon, a nuclear holocaust, with Burton and his followers safely sheltered inside the Fellowship's winery bunker. One can only imagine his disappointment that the vast sea of sleeping humanity will survive to see another day. See also, "Our ark will be composed of ten thousand people in the year 2006, and then the doors will close." NOTE: The wikispaces Fellowship of Friends page linked below is no longer fully accessible, as the site subscription has expired. It's possible it will be reinstated in the future.]

"Ollie" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, May 17, 2008:
Dozens of things Robert Burton had to say during the 1980s about the nuclear holocaust he predicted for September 2006 (and the role the Fellowship of Friends would have in building a new civilization after crawling out of the fallout shelter) can be found at

(scroll down to the bottom half of the page)

It makes for a sickening read, I guess so much is fair to say.

Don’t say this was then but now is now. Even with all the six and four talk of sequence and wordless breaths Robert Burton hasn’t let go of the idea that Armageddon is just around the corner and that all good students will be saved from destruction, huddled together in a fallout shelter (yes, the winery). Never mind that 2006 has come and gone. Influence C has informed Robert that it’s coming, so he must stick to it, although more privately. It has simply been postponed to 2011 [actually 2012], in tune with the Mayan calendar. He has a curious and strange attraction for large disasters (earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, fires, terror attacks, “hydrogen warfare” etc.) and has always liked to suddenly rouse emotions at his events by talking about any such disaster.

I remember, as recently as 15 months ago, after an overcrowded teaching event, he mentioned to a small group of students that it “might have been preparation for when we all live together in a nuclear fallout shelter”.

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