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.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Yuba-Sutter bloggers spotlight their local cult

The Deviation Diaries covers Robert Earl  Burton's Fellowship of Friends cult at Apollo, Oregon House, CA
[ed. - "A Yuba Sutter girl exploring the strange and macabre history of the area, and beyond..." and her friend created The Deviation Diaries blog. Today they posted a brief article on The Fellowship of Friends. The following is an excerpt. See also: True macabre detectives. ]
California Cults - Yuba County's "Fellowship of Friends"

Oregon House-

When we think of cults, we think of Jonestown, Waco, drinking cyanide-laced kool-aid, or waiting for the Hale-Bopp comment [sic].

What we don't think of, is the fact that these types of organizations happening in a place not far from us. They're living amongst us, in our own county.

The Fellowship of Friends headquarters is located nearby in Oregon House. It's nestled in the Yuba County foothills, on a 1300-acre plot of land they call Apollo. It's said that around 600 of its members live there.

The church's leader, Robert Earl Burton, has had charges brought against him for sexual abuse of young men. Those of which were settled out of court. Any small amount of research will give you plenty of information on FOF. I don't think many would believe or even realize that these types of dangerous organizations, so prolific in nature, would be right at our back door.

Reading an article on California Cults, "Fellowship Of Friends" out of Oregon House in Yuba County comes in at #2.

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