Category: Fellowship of Friends

A former believer takes on the Fellowship of Friends leader

Robert Earl Burton Robert Earl Burton, a one-time elementary school teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area, is the unchallenged ruler of the Fellowship and doesn’t face questions, she said.

Not about his living like a king, not about a lifestyle said to rival a ruler in the last days of the Roman empire, not about the nuclear Armageddon that Burton proclaimed would happen in 2006, not about whether the Fellowship is following the “Fourth Way” system of spiritual development taught by two 20th-century Russian philosophers and mystics, Haven said.

“If you challenge him you have to leave the cult,” she said. “No one can understand how crazy this can get.”

Oregon House

Wilma Steiner calls them her “babies” – the family of deer that lives in her backyard. “They walk up on my deck to see if I’m in the kitchen, and then they mosey along,” she said. The dovish creatures are still considered wildlife, but in Steiner’s neck of the woods, they are the closest neighbors she’s got. And she likes it that way. There’s a reason why folks like Steiner choose Oregon House as home: They treasure their privacy and the pristine, simplistic, quiet rural lifestyle they have been preserving for many generations. For the most part, they’ve been successful,

Experts: Award-winning Yuba County winery also serves as a cult

AP, Aug. 17, 2002 By STEFANIE FRITH Associated Press Writer OREGON HOUSE, Calif. (AP) – Tucked away in the Yuba County countryside lies a winery that produces award-winning wines that have been served at a birthday party for Ronald Reagan and at numerous restaurants, such as the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco. Admirers of the Renaissance Winery and Vineyards praise its ability to make what one critic called wines that “belong in every cellar” in the sometimes cold, sometimes brutally hot climate of Oregon House, where no other winery operates. But Renaissance, part of a community called the Fellowship of