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.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Abundance Fountain Gift Request

Fellowship of Friends cult leader Robert Earl Burton gift donations

"Purchasing awakening" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, December 1, 2007:
Todd [reporter for the Sacramento Bee] asks how did Burton enriched himself?

One way is – through his expensive “gifts” to himself which we all had to pay for. There were many, many of such forced gifts. He simply treats himself to whatever he wants and forces everyone to pay for it. Here’s the document.

Another way to enrich himself – to issue a fake high salaries to the devoted “inner circle” members and then have him cash those checks and use the cash for personal purposes. This has been done for many years. We know the names of people who received such fake salaries.

Another way – to have an auction or a fundraiser for some fake purpose, let’s say Bistro rebuilding, then collect thousands of dollars from members and spend it. Bistro was never rebuilt.

There are many more ways. One is to use illegal cheap labor for land improvement and construction. Think of those students on tourist visas, that are slaving on the property for 2 something dollars per hour, (much less than legal minimum wage for CA) building structures and maintaining the gardens. Proof? They all receive monthly paychecks from FOF deposited to the Bank of America in Marysville/Yuba city. This payment is made for illegal labor.

Oh, there are so many ways… The thing is – the sole purpose of FOF is personal enrichment of Burton.

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