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 from 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.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The 15 Stupidest Cults Ever

Robert Burton with his "generals" Dorian Matei {l} and Asaf Braverman (r). From

[ed. - From AOL's "" website. The article incorrectly states a mural depicts Robert Burton. The model in that painting is Julian Branston, a Fellowship member.]
#4 Fellowship of Friends

Many cult leaders try for legitimacy by claiming that famous dead people talk to them. Robert Earl Burton, leader of the Fellowship of Friends, had a whole party in his brain, with Ben Franklin and Plato both offering advice. Unfortunately, most of their advice boiled down to “stick your dinger in people’s mouths.” Indeed, there was only one way to heaven for the Friends, and that was through Burton’s pants. A giant mural on the ceiling of the group’s compound actually depicts Burton with an erection, and even predicting nuclear war in 2006 hasn’t slowed him down.

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