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, March 28, 2010

"Collins - Oregon House - Dobbins Community Plan" submitted

[ed. - Collins - Oregon House - Dobbins Community Plan PDF. The proposed foothill development outlined in this plan will take center stage in the 2014 Yuba County elections, as the expansions are opposed by incumbent 5th District Supervisor Hal Stocker, but supported by Randy Fletcher (who will go on to defeat Stocker.) Fletcher is a business associate of Fellowship members Charles Sharp and Steven Dambeck.)]

"The COHD Community Plan was prepared on the specific recommendation by the Board of Supervisors to the Yuba County Community Development Department (CDD - the functioning body charged with completion of the GPU on behalf of the Board of Supervisors) that CDD should work with the Collins-Oregon House-Dobbins Planning Committee and with our community as a whole to establish a process of coordinated planning. Two proposals stating our community’s wishes for limited growth and a boundary expansion (see under Section 1.5) were then submitted to CDD, who requested that such proposals should be re-submitted in the form of a Community Plan, adding that they would like to see more such community plans prepared throughout the Yuba County foothills region. Thus, our submission of this Community Plan fulfills the next step requested by the County."
Committee members from the Fellowship of Friends include Greg Holman, President of the Fellowship and of Renaissance Vineyard and Winery (the affiliation is conveniently omitted from his profile), Peter Morrow, Franca Cavallaro, and Katja Kreher. Additionally, Fellowship members Nick Spaulding, Charles Sharp, and Steven Dambeck have been actively involved lobbying county officials on behalf of the project.

The proposed expansion (dark pink area) includes large tracts owned by The Fellowship of Friends and its members

Critics argue that within in this "Trojan horse" are Fellowship-backed plans to expand Oregon House-Dobbins community boundaries (under the guise of fire protection) to promote development, reduce minimum parcel size to 5 acres within these boundaries, implement new road construction, and create high-density subdivisions, all in the interest of major landholders (including the Fellowship and member landholders, Soper-Wheeler, and Tom Richards, owner of the 7,000-acre Richards Ranch adjacent to Fellowship lands.)

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