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 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 wikispace 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.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Mystical Religious Sect Accuses Feds of Screwing Up

"Ames Gilbert" posted the following on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, November 26, 2012:
In other news [from KCRA Television, Sacramento]:
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Image: KCRA
 
MYSTICAL RELIGIOUS SECT ACCUSES FEDS OF SCREWING UP
Drug ring tied to mystical religion, fact or fiction?

OREGON HOUSE, Calif. (KCRA) —

Angela Spillers stood in the doorway of her fiancĂ©’s Oregon House home and acknowledged that federal drug agents seized dozens of marijuana plants from the property more than two months ago.

However, it is what has happened since then that has her upset.

“They tried to make this sound like something out of a movie or book. But they’ve realized they have no case,” Spiller told KCRA 3.

On Sept. 20, federal drug agents executed a series of search warrants on properties in and around the town of Oregon House.

In a search warrant recently filed in court, Brian Nehring, a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency, alleged that multiple members of “a self-described sect of Mystical Fourth Way Christianity” were engaged in a marijuana-growing network aimed at raising money to pay for fees related to membership.

The sect was identified as The Fellowship of Friends.

More than two months later, federal officials confirm that no indictments, or arrests have been made in connection to this search warrant.

“Something’s fishy here,” said Wayne Mott, a spokesman for The Fellowship of Friends.
Mott told KCRA 3 that agents never searched their main property, nor did they question any members on the premises.

“I don’t think they have a case. I think they are embarrassed,” Mott said.
A DEA spokesperson said that because this is an ongoing investigation, there is no comment at this time.
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If you go to: http://tinyurl.com/cjmdrt3 you can see a KCRA TV news video, and see Wayne Mott being interviewed outside the main entrance to Apollo, the headquarters of the Fellowship of Friends. [ed. - Link to http://www.kcra.com/news/Mystical-religious-sect-accuses-feds-of-screwing-up/-/11797728/17554220/-/gd08p1z/-/index.html is now defunct.]

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