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.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Rumors of Robert's Planned Flight to Egypt

"Vena" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, August 27, 2009:
I recently heard that it is being said by some in the Fellowship that Robert is planning on moving permanently to Egypt to the villa built for him by Edi_h Mi_ne. The speculation is that it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to extradite him from there should there be a law suit or investigation by a government agency.
"Jomo PiƱata" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, August 27, 2009:
Extradition is a criminal law concept. Egypt has had an extradition treaty with the U.S. since the 1870s. In civil matters, extradition doesn’t come into play. If you don’t show up to defend yourself when you get sued, chances are, you lose.
[ed. - For further discussion of the Fellowship developing housing in Egypt, see:]

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