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.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Is the non-profit North Yuba Grown engaging in political activism?

[ed. - In the race for Yuba County's 5th District Supervisor post, it appears North Yuba Grown member Jenny Cavaliere has shown the audacity to challenge Randy Fletcher, a candidate being groomed by Fellowship of Friends members through proxies such as North Yuba Grown and North Fork Yuba River.

Fletcher is a partner in Steven Dambeck's North Fork Yuba River and owner of Chestnut Grove, a venue that Dambeck and North Yuba Grown promote and rent for special events. Until recently, Steven's name and phone number appeared on Chestnut Grove's website. Dambeck, of course, is associated with Apollo Olive Oil and Renaissance Vineyard & Winery. Renaissance is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Fellowship of Friends, and Apollo Olive Oil derives much of its fruit from Fellowship lands while the owners provide tax-deductible financial support to the Oregon House cult.

The Fellowship of Friends has long sought to exploit public funding channels, and in this endeavor, a sympathetic district supervisor would be an important ally and valuable asset. 

Charles Sharp, a Fellowship member, North Yuba Grown co-founder, and partner in North Fork Yuba River, wrote the following Letter to the Editor. Charles registered Randy's Chestnut Grove domain under North Fork Yuba River's name. As of 2018, the domain registration has expired.]

"Barbara" posted the following on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, April 6, 2014:
THE TERRITORIAL DISPATCH
April 2, 2014 - Yuba County CA

North Yuba Grown Is Neutral 

North Yuba Grown is a grass roots California non-profit organization promoting local agriculture in and around the foothills of Yuba County.

As such, it must remain politically neutral and cannot endorse any political candidacy.

Recently, Jenny Cavaliere, a candidate for supervisor of the 5th district, issued a press release to the Territorial Dispatch, apparently on behalf of North Yuba Grown.

As a founding member and part of the publicity committee of North Yuba Grown, I can state that this self serving release was not authorized or sanctioned by the membership, nor does it represent an endorsement by the organization in any way.

Might this be an indication of how Ms. Cavaliere, as supervisor, would put her own self interests before the people of Yuba County?

In closing, I would like to commend John Mistler, editor of the Territorial Dispatch, for giving all the candidates fair and equal treatment.
Charles Sharp
Oregon House, Ca.

[ed. - In the folksy message below, Mr. Sharp encourages readers to view the roster of Alcouffe Community Center Board Members. On that roster, Vice Chairman Greg Holman is listed as being in the business of "fine arts publishing" (apparently connected with his wife's art studio.) Last I heard, Holman is President of both The Fellowship of Friends and Renaissance Vineyard and Winery. If true, this may be an example of the Fellowship's employment of "intentional insincerity" (little white lies,) especially useful when dealing with "life people" (those not associated with the cult.)]

"Barbara" posted the following on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, April 6, 2014:
“North Yuba Grown Is Neutral” (LOL)

Blurbs of a fragmented mind…Local politics getting nasty….

Charles Sharp-To E-post. Mar 24, 2014
(A local Oregon House Yahoo. group)
 Randy Fletcher, candidate for the 5th district supervisor, will be hosting a series of informal gatherings on Monday evenings over the next few weeks at the Alcouffe Community Center in Oregon House.

When: March 31st, April 7th, April 14th
Time: 6 pm to 8 pm
Where: Alcouffe Community Center, 9185 Marysville Rd, Oregon House

Drop by and get to know Randy.
 ANOTHER ONE….
Charles Sharp-To E-post-Mar 25

Hear Yea, Hear Yea

I have been directed to DECLARE that the Alcouffe Community Center, run by the Dobbins Oregon House Improvement Foundation, a.k.a. DOHIF, consisting of a fifteen member board with one alternate and whose chair is Robert Longman, check ‘em out at http://www.alcouffecenter.org/board.php
Does not endorsed [sic] any political candidate (being one of those a non-profit 501 (c) corporations and all that), because it could jeopardize their Tax Exempt Status should the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), so investigate participation in any political activity.

Why I should be chosen for such a declaration I am not quite sure. Suggest you ask the DOHIF board for clarification on this matter.

So do I affix my seal of truth (:) to this statement.
My note:

How about this 2 links here….

The March 12th Meet Your Local Farmers event, hosted by North Yuba Grown at the Alcouffe Center, was attended by well over 50 people. http://www.northyubagrown.org/

and…

 http://robertearlburton.blogspot.com/2013/06/north-yuba-grown-serves-to-promote.html

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