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.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Pavel (aka "the Esoteric Sheik of Inner Confusion") hands off blog moderation

[ed. - After founding the Animam Recro blog in April 2006, and continuing to moderate the thousands of comments that followed a single post on that blog, and in the Fellowship of Friends Discussion in its subsequent forms, Pavel announced, in bolds, his decision to hand off blog duties.]

"Pavel" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, August 8, 2008:

I have come back from my holiday yesterday with a clear answer to whether I will stay here as a moderator or not. I don’t feel that the blog is my calling at the moment, it appears that we have both given each other what we were ready to take and it’s time for me to move on and for the blog to evolve further without me (I absolutely love what has happened with it in the past 2/3 months). It would be unnecessarily arrogant for me to believe that the blog requires me for its running or maintenance, yet it does require a moderator.

I will be passing the moderation duty and responsibility to Steve, I do not know yet when the actual giving over will take place (I will be moderating for a while longer) but it will be in the near future. I am extremely confident that Steve will do a great job.

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