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, December 16, 2007

Requiem for a follower

[ed. - This mysterious post was left on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion's "About" page. It's subject, someone who apparently turned their back on family to follow Robert Burton, remains unidentified.]

"Barbara Haider" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion, December 16, 2007:
Intelligent yet irrelevant. Thought dueling to avoid decisions made alone, unscripted unbounded by group directive. If only I had walked into your lavish social setting and found IT. It’s only life you escape while pretending consciousness. Surrounded, protected, inner circle of knowing the cues, the winks the nods, of being part of IT. I’m alone in the morgue with my brother, food for the moon. You didn’t listen to me cry. The romance of jade mines and jaunts, to higher sexual forces that were ground out in hot, gritty bus seats. A superior man will not be recognized in his own country. Your vanity expanded so huge that no former informer would be left to comment on YOU. The superior man who turned his back on me, on his friends, on his family because the Fellowship of Friends awaited. The intelligent yet irrelevant rant on this website doesn’t ever discuss the agony the Fellowship of Friends imposes on the dead.

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