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.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Change of plans?

"xxx" posted on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, September 28, 2007 at 8:49 p.m.:
guys do you know why the JFBD ["Journey Forth By Day" - large gathering with the "Teacher"] in Italy has been cancelled?

It is a great news and I would like to know the reason!

"A Tiger" posted on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, September 30, 2007 at 6:05 a.m.:
647 XXX [blog post number and blogger]
The ‘inside’ story concerning the JFBD Italy I heard is that it was cancelled because ‘His Nibs’ and crew can’t get Visas to travel to Italy. Seems that the Italian Government is a little concerned about a few illegal passports purchased for ‘the boys’ by the fof administration. Supposedly the passports were purchased from the Mafia, who then turned Government informers to avoid prosecution on other charges.
Sounds like an episode of the ‘Sopranos’. Ultimately responsible, of course, is RB and his insatiable desire for new sex partners.
All in the guise of ‘evolution’ - keep posting Friends, 'the truth shall set you free!!!’.

"Gabriella F." wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, September 30 , 2007 at 12:32 p.m.:
Dear Friends,
Someone asked few posts ago, if anybody has news on why the JFBD in Italy was canceled.
In our Italian blog, someone – apparently a current member – posted a message saying that the JFBD was canceled for two main reasons:
1. Participants were not enough (so, it was not worthy, I suppose…)
2. Visa’s problems for some Robert’s boys
Apparently, there are people who bought airplane tickets to travel all around Italy for the events; these tickets are now useless, so they throw out their money …. No chance was offered for them to recover some money, at least part of it … (for example by detracting from the teaching payment).
Nobody told anything to the students, no excuse was offered, no explication, even if the events were canceled with a very short notice.
Personally, what makes me happy is the reason number 1: NOT ENOUGH PARTICPANTS!!!!! Thanks!
Everything looks very cynical: as our blogger said, NO PROFIT=NO EVENTS

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