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, April 5, 2019

Robert Burton orders "erasure" of pre-2019 teaching materials

Robert Earl Burton Fellowship of Friends cult leader orders "erasure" of pre-2019 Fellowship publications
Fahrenheit 451 was published 66 years ago.
Fahrenheit 451, the film, was released in 1966.
Fellowship members will no doubt decipher a
hidden message in this "coincidence."
[ed. - Revealed today, the contents (below) of an April 4th Fellowship of Friends Council directive to the congregation. (See "Celestial cognitive impairment?" for word that Burton rescinded this directive one day later.)

The directive commands Fellowship members to destroy materials that they have purchased from the Fellowship of Friends, that is, their personal property.

(Note: the words "Robert is now asking..." is a euphemism for Robert Burton ordering his followers to obey his command. The use of such phrasing, and the clear understanding of its meaning, dates back to the earliest days of the Fellowship.)

Reminiscent of Ray Bradbury's nightmarish tale, Fahrenheit 451, such censorship imposed on an entire "church" congregation may raise legal concerns.

See also: "Fellowship of Friends editor censors Yuba-Sutter LocalWiki"]
Dear friends around the world,

Robert is now asking us to let go all of all records of all past teaching events up to the year 2019.

Specifically, we are to throw away or permanently erase any pre-2019 teaching material (both center library material and personal collections, including daily cards, videos, printed material, and any electronic copies) produced by the Teacher or students in the school. However, this erasure does not include the published books authored by the Teacher, Self Remembering and Awakening, at this point.

The Teacher explains that this is not the first time our school is undergoing a process of shedding; as we have been given the complete System, we want to pass it on as such to our “ascendents” and not force them to reinvent the wheel. Moreover, the legacy of schools is a complete, finished product--and not the journey it took to get there.

In relation to this, Robert quoted Berenson, who said, “A cultured man is the result of what he has forgotten.”

Robert added: "For us, a cultured man is the result of what he has released, forgotten: the sequence. He has become the culture."

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