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 from 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.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

The Greater Fellowship Reunion

"Ames Gilbert" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, May 10, 2007:
Dear all,

The Greater Fellowship in northern California is happy to announce a great event! We are getting together in North San Juan, outside Nevada City, to celebrate and strengthen our old friendships, make new ones, and deepen our presence together. So, IT’S PARTY TIME, and we invite you all to come make it the best ever!

The party starts Saturday May 26th at 2 p.m. at the North Columbia Cultural Center (see for directions).

The steering committee is providing the venue and the minimum organization to keep things flowing with ease. With this in mind, please RSVP to Ames’ e-mail (below) to help us plan things as best we can.

You bring:

• Your sweet presence
• Food for a potluck beginning about 7 p.m.
• Beverages to your taste
• $15 per adult (to help pay for renting the space, clean-up and insurance)
• Musical instruments if you have them
• Stories to tell, memories to share
• Flexibility and willingness to go with the flow.

There will be something organized for Sunday morning, to be announced during Saturday evening.
There are no camping or other accommodations, but see below.

The party is open to all in the Greater Fellowship (you know who you are!) and their families and children. If you bring children, you are responsible for them (you may want to organize activities for them, as was done successfully in 1995). The weather is likely to be great (80 degree days), but come prepared for cold or wet (we have an indoor venue if needed).

Finally—the event is a guru-free zone!

With love to all,

Ames Gilbert (on behalf of the steering committee)

P.S. don’t worry about any emanations from a small dissident splinter group of the Greater Fellowship based in Oregon House…

[ed. - In the following post, I've taken the liberty of correcting the spelling of several names.]

"In Memoriam" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, June 6, 2007:

Dear Friends,

At the Memorial Day reunion, a little remembrance altar was set up to honor the memory of friends who had been in the Fellowship of Friends, for however long or short a time, and who had passed away. Several of us put together a list of all of those that we could remember, but memory being imperfect, we’re certain that we are missing names. I was recently saddened to have had to add Dorothy Beaulieu’s name to the list.

Our list is posted below, and we would like to ask that, if you know of anyone who should be remembered and has been omitted, please post their name to this discussion. If we’ve misspelled any names, please let us know that, too.

With gratitude,

“For some we loved, the loveliest and the best
That from his Vintage rolling Time hath prest,
Have drunk their Cup a Round or two before,
And one by one crept silently to rest.”

In Memoriam

Dorothy Beaulieu (Fielding)
Kimo Beech
Ilan Beth
Christopher Billings
Don Birrell
Doris Birrell
Peter Bishop
Charles Boetschi
Diana Bolton
Daryl Bowden
William Burns
Robert Calvillo
Roger Cavanna
Kenneth Clelland
Renato Confalonieri
Ronald Coyle
Stephen Detmold
Adrianna Diaz
Doris Elizabeth
Michael Fleming
Lori Fisher-Smith
Richard Focazio
Charles Forline
Jim Freeman
Christopher Frew
Randolph Giddings
Edward Greaves
Roger Greene
Anna Gold
Howard Hildebrand
Richard Hocking (Hart)
Dianna Ivasko
Gary James
Virginia Jenkins
Francis Kalnay
Joanne Keahey
Susan Kearns
Kevin Kelly
Raymond Kennedy
Cynthia Kingston
Dennis Kocjan
Agnes Kuchuk
Jessica Lee
Matthias McDonald
Rosemary MacDonald
Janet Male
Sharole Manering
Joseph Monteleone
Joseph Moreno
Klair Morris
Thomas Nicholson
David Nikhazy
Kristina Nielsen
Frances Ninemire (Barrett)
Neal O’Brien
Nette Ornbak
Ronald Payton
Maria Rosa Perelli
Joanne Munger Pontecorvo
Alberto Rizzardi
Stanley Robertson
Cassandra (Marianne) Schmidt
Marbin Schmitt
Bill Serrao
Brian Sisler
Mildred Smith
Maxine Topik
Paul Tschirley
Daniella Voss
Karl Werner
Susan Willoughby
Stella Wirk


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