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 most recently the October 2018 "Fall of California Redux.")

But according to Burton, Armageddon still looms in our future and when it finally arrives, non-believers shall perish, while through the direct intervention and guidance from 44 angels (recently expanded to 81 angels, including himself and his divine father, Leonardo da Vinci) Burton and his followers shall 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 Internet Archive, the long-running Fellowship of Friends - Living Presence Discussion, the (former) Fellowship of Friends wikispace project, the (ill-fated 2007) Fellowship of Friends Wikipedia page, 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.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Roger Kent "completed his task by his own hand"

[ed. - To "complete one's task" is a Fellowship of Friends euphemism for death.]

Roger Kent was a Fellowship of Friends member since 1976. His memorial page can be found on the Fellowship's Elysian Society website. Transcript of his February 2, 2019 memorial service: Funeral Service for Roger Kent. In 2010, Roger sat for a brief Fellowship promotional video.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Robert Earl Burton offically declared an angel

Robert Earl Burton Fellowship of Friends/Apollo cult leader with Benjamin Franklin bronze
Robert Earl Burton with one of his designated "conscious beings" (and fellow angel) Benjamin Franklin (Photo: Apollo University)

[ed. - It was recently communicated that Robert Earl Burton is now among the men (and one woman) who are immortal angels (conscious beings in Fellowship of Friends parlance.) Burton is the only incarnate angel.

For nearly five decades, Burton declared there were 44 angels, all of whom were personally assisting the Fellowship of Friends. 44 was the most important number in Fellowship lore. Now, quite suddenly and mysteriously, 37 additional angels have been revealed. (The criteria for identifying and certifying angels remains unknown.) We must assume that 81 will now be the magic number followers search for on license plates, in addresses and phone numbers, and attach to their profiles. An insider provided the following complete (until revised) list of the 44+37 “men (and one woman) who became angels.” They are listed in order of date of birth. See also: The 44]

1. Joseph
2. Moses
3. Amenemope
4. Solomon
5. Homer
6. Solon
7. Ezekiel
8. Lao-Tzu (Laozi)
9. Gautama Buddha
10. Confucius
11. Pindar
12. Sophocles
13. Phidias
14. Socrates
15. Plato
16. Aristotle
17. Lysippos
18. Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
19. Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro)
20. Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)
21. Jesus Christ
22. Paul the Apostle
23. Peter the Apostle
24. Epictetus
25. Marcus Aurelius
26. Saint Augustine of Hippo
27. Muhammad
28. Omar Khayyam
29. Al-Ghazali (Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali)
30. Bernard of Clairvaux
31. Maimonides (Moses ben Maimon)
32. Ibn Arabi
33. Bahauddin
34. Rumi (Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī)
35. Dante Alighieri
36. Giotto di Bordone
37. Simone Martini
38. Petrarch (Francesco Petrarcha)
39. Hafiz (Khwāja Shams-ud-Dīn Muḥammad Ḥāfeẓ-e Shīrāzī)
40. Geoffrey Chaucer
41. Andrei Rublev
42. Jan van Eyck
43. Fra Angelico
44. Kabir
45. Petrus Christus
46. Leonardo da Vinci
47. Guru Nanak
48. Titian (Tiziano Vecelli)
49. Dosso Dossi
50. Jacopo Pontormo
51. Paolo Veronese
52. Michel de Montaigne
53. Queen Elizabeth I
54. Miguel de Cervantes
55. William Shakespeare
56. Peter Paul Rubens
57. Velázquez (Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez)
58. Rembrandt (Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn)
59. John Milton
60. Antonio Vivaldi
61. Johann Sebastian Bach
62. Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin
63. Benjamin Franklin
64. Jean-Antoine Houdon
65. Francisco Goya
66. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
67. William Blake
68. William Wordsworth
69. Hans Christian Andersen
70. Abraham Lincoln
71. Walt Whitman
72. Jean-Leon Gerome
73. Lewis Carroll
74. George Ivanovich Gurdjieff
75. Silouan the Athonite
76. Rainier Maria Rilke
77. Peter Ouspensky (Pyotr Demianovich Ouspenskii)
78. Meher Baba
79. Rodney Collin
80. Alexander Francis Horn
81. Robert Earl Burton