Chapter 5: More Rejection

Chapter 5

Service, not Governance One of the co-founders of AA, Bill Wilson, wrote this in the July, 1946, Grapevine: So long as there is the slightest interest in sobriety, the most unmoral, the most anti-social, the most critical alcoholic may gather about him a few kindred spirits and announce to us … Continue reading

The Kawartha Freethinkers

Mount Community Centre

By Bob K It must be almost three years since Jim M. first came down from Peterborough to see what we were doing at our Whitby Freethinkers meeting. As a long sober secularist in a town with only conventional AA meetings, Jim knew that there was a significant portion of … Continue reading

Chapter 4: Early History

Chicago It all began, ironically enough, in a church, the Unitarian Universalist Church. And it was started by a guy by the name of Wilson, but not Bill, Don Wilson. Don was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church and had been for a number of years. He had first … Continue reading

Chapter 3: The “God Bit”

Chapter 3

The “God” part in the 12 Steps comes from Bill Wilson. The rest of it, “as we understood Him”, was Jim Burwell’s contribution. But let’s start at the beginning… AA’s soon-to-be co-founders met on May 12, 1935 (Mother’s Day), with Bill trying to help Dr. Bob sober up at Dr. … Continue reading

SOAAR

Toronto's City Hall

By Steve V. All Are Welcome Group, Windsor, Ontario Secular Ontario Alcoholics Anonymous Roundup (SOAAR) was the “brainchild” of a few AA agnostic members last spring. They sent out a message to the local groups asking if they wanted to submit a bid for the 2018 International Conference of Secular … Continue reading

Chapter 2: Rejection

A History III

Two agnostic groups – We Agnostics and Beyond Belief – were booted off of the official list of AA group meetings in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) on May 31, 2011. This was done by the GTA Intergroup. Beyond Belief had been around for more than a year and a … Continue reading

Chapter 1: An Agnostic in AA

Chapter 1

I went to my first AA meeting when I was in rehab back in 2010. It was a speaker meeting and there was a fellow on stage who talked about how he owed his sobriety to “the Guy in the sky”. I thought, “Are you kidding me?” But, of course … Continue reading

Introduction: Time to Rally

A History

A few days ago I got an email from a woman, Emma. It was not at all an unusual email and followed a rather common motif. Emma had spent a bit of time reading various articles on the AA Agnostica website and wanted to know why we agnostics, atheists and … Continue reading

Review: A History of Agnostics in AA

A History V

By Robin R. A History of Agnostics in AA is a timely book that should be read by all AA members, nonbelievers and believers.  It accurately portrays the experience and the history of agnostics within the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. The book begins with a rather “conventional” AAer insisting that … Continue reading

The Search for Self-Esteem

In Crowd

By Bob K One needs to be a certain age, I expect, to be familiar with the 1964 Dobie Gray classic The “In” Crowd. Perhaps younger folks have heard it on the oldies station. I’m in with the in crowd, I go where the in crowd goes I’m in with … Continue reading