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 23, 2007

Letter to Oregon House Community

"The Letter in Question" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, July 23, 2007:
Here is a transcript of the unsigned letter referred to as the Rick Ross [now Cult Education Institute] letter and again with explanation in 74/ Fat Boy. The assumption is that it has been sent to all box holders and the Oregon House Post Office, student or not. Just an assumption.
Dear Oregon House Community: Hello. This is a letter to inform the community of the current efforts to legally, socially dissolve, bring, to an end the Fellowship of Friends Inc., based in Oregon House, California. The FoF, a legal and registered church in the state of California, who, for more than 36 years has, based upon current and ex-members observations of this church, fraudulently handled its monies in regards to the IRS, Yuba County and the State of California, fraudulently misguided and psychologically entrapped its spiritual members and has consistently failed in its responsibilities as a fair and just spiritual school upon this earth.

Please, by the end of this letter and the blog, you will probably not like any Fellowship of Friends person, initially, though, there is a large population of ex-members in Oregon House who are diligently working with friends all over the world and locally to dissolve this fraudulent religious organization and expose it to local, state, and national agencies as a non-entity in the world of religion, spiritual schools and any balanced form of education or wholesome spiritual practice.

So try to be kind to all those in and out of the Fellowship of Friends. Hundred are leaving or have left this organization and several thousands remain. Please make your decisions wisely, read, consider and do research before joining our call for you to write to your California Governor; directing all applicable state & national agencies to consider the 5000+ articles at this website address: or by putting in the search box in Google the phrase Fellowship of Friends Blog. There is allot to read. We suggest that you start with Part 1& 2, then move to Part 13 & 14. Part 13 will give you a very good overview of the issues surrounding the nature of The Fellowship of Friends, past and current.

A sample of the current understanding of this church is: (these quotes are from the FoF Blog site) “The best action those who are displeased with Robert Burton’s corruption, venality and arrogant abuse of his position is to take legal action. This does not need to be lawsuit but can be in the form of a complaint to the state and federal attorney’s as well as the IRS.”

“Robert Burton is a criminal and those who support him are part of a criminal conspiracy to defraud. It might be possible for a federal prosecutor to use legislation designed for organized crime to investigate and prosecute an interstate conspiracy to defraud. If the Fellowship has not informed all prospective and present students of the Canons it is fraud (and they have not to thousands). Advertising as a 4th way school and operating as a religion is fraud. Not revealing the true cost or membership is also fraud. Members should be able to make the minimum donations and have full rights other wise it is extortion. Members should be able to vote on the board members and major decisions. There should be a yearly report with full and accurate accounting of all funds donated to the fellowship. There should be no separate funds available to Robert Burton (proceeds from RVW wine sales go directly to supporting Robert Burton's deeds). This is illegal.”

“…right now the most workable approach is for current or recently departed members to charge the Fellowship and Robert Burton with fraud. If you were not shown the canons and did not accept them upon joining but had them revealed and enforced after wards that is one aspect of fraud. A second is the constant abuse of fellowship fund by Robert Burton for his personal use, what monies he pays out to the entourage, what he pays his lackeys, his fund raising for his personal account, if he did not report this it is an IRS violation. The point here is that a relatively small action may be enough to get a county district attorney’s office, State Attorney General’s office, federal attorney or the IRS to investigate.”

“As many here have expressed a “church” that publicly lavishes its leader with extravagant gifts, vacation and travel, while creating a community dependent upon public welfare for health support may arguably be in violation of its IRS 501(c) (3) tax exempt status.”

“He also requests large monetary payments lives like a king, has sex with many of this followers, and excommunicates followers who leave the organization, unless they wish to return in which case further large fees are demanded. He also reinforces the dependency that follower begin to form on the organization, by convincing them that this a unique organization, and encouraging social and other forms of reliance on it. How can this be explained by the argument that he is a higher being? Does not your innate inner intelligence indicate to you that there is some discrepancy here? “(PLEASE READ THE FELLOWSHIP OF FRIENDS BLOG TO ANSWER FOR YOURSELF.)

IRS: If you know of an individual or company that is not complying with the tax laws, you may report this activity by completing Form 3949-A. You may fill out form 3949-A online, print it and mail it to: Internal Revenue Service, Fresno, CA 93888. If you do not wish to use Form 3949-A, you may send a letter to the address above. Please include the following information, if available: Name and address of the person you are reporting, the taxpayer identification number (social security number for an individual or employer identification number for a business) a brief description of the alleged violation, including how you became aware of or obtained the information, although you are not required to identify yourself, it is helpful to do so. Your identity can be kept confidential. You may also be entitled to a reward. (You do not need the official #’s to report the FoF to the IRS)

INS: The national hotline number for the DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division -” report suspicious activity” (866) DHS 2ICE or (866) 347-2473. (Students have spent time in jail for obtaining illegal passports from the Italian mafia to try and come back to Oregon House to serve RB’s needs; many of Robert’s “boys” marry American girls (students daughters) in order to stay in the country. Religious visas issued to the FoF are fraudulent in the nature of their “official claims of employment.”)
FBI: FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Call (202) 324-3000 or write to the following address:

Federal Bureau of Investigation J. Edgar Hoover Building 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington DC 20535-0001

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger State Capitol Building Sacramento, CA 95814 Phone 916-445-2841 Fax 916-445-4633

Attorney General’s Office California Department of Justice Attn: Public Inquiry Unit P.O. Box 944255
Sacramento, CA 94244-2550

Cult Education Institute is another site to access FoF reports and fraud history

Please read the blog carefully and write to these organizations. Assist us to bring an end to Robert Earl Burton’s reign.

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