Introduction


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 4, 2011

Elena's criticism of this blog

[ed. - On her blog, The Public Square, Elena published the following commentary concerning this blog.]
The new blog and it's shortsightedness

Elena: It's funny or at least ironic how people manipulate history to make it look the way they would have liked it to be!

There are so many important issues missing in this blog, one would have to think of it as shortsighted as the Fellowship cult is about life.
[ed. - While it is difficult to respond to charges of historical manipulation (the very act of selecting material is an unavoidable manipulation), it should be obvious this blog offers a very incomplete sketch of the Fellowship of Friends and Robert Earl Burton. The Fellowship's own promotional material adequately presents the organization and its leader in a beneficent light. This blog's purpose is to help illuminate the darker, suppressed aspects of the cult. To do so, it relies almost entirely on testimonies published in "the public square". But many important issues are not openly discussed, and most individuals with first hand knowledge of these topics (especially former Fellowship officers, ministers, aides to Robert Burton, and Burton's victims) are, for personal reasons, reluctant to speak out. Until they do, this blog will only offer a suggestion of what lies hidden.]

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