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 now the October 2018 "Fall of California Redux.") 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, November 10, 2016

Girard Haven reaffirms his fealty to Robert Burton

[ed. - (Date approximate) Following Asaf Braverman's surprising departure from the Fellowship of Friends, Girard Haven, the only current Fellowship of Friends member (other than Robert Burton) to have achieved the level of "Man Number 5," sent the following message to Burton, declaring his loyalty. Haven reportedly read the letter aloud at a Fellowship meeting. In the early 1970s, Burton had also anointed Miles Barth a Man Number 5, however that honor was abruptly annulled once Miles renounced Burton and left the Fellowship. Haven refers to "ladder," an idea Burton described as a "teacher's tool." In theory, Fellowship members ascend to higher consciousness, following in the path of "older" students Burton has identified as being on the same ladder. It was an early concept, that Burton eventually found to be of little value. (Image courtesy of an anonymous insider.)]

Girard Haven letter to Fellowship of Friends cult leader Robert Earl Burton regarding Asaf Braverman and Miles Barth

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