Chapter 8: Accepting Special Composition Groups

Chapter 8: Accepting Special Composition Groups

Since the very beginning, there have been special composition groups in Alcoholics Anonymous. And their acceptance, sadly, has always posed a problem. “‘Special’ groups have always been viewed with suspicion, alarm and sometimes outright hostility within AA.” (Special Composition Groups in AA1) We nonbelievers are thus not alone when it … Continue reading

Each Breath a Gift

Each Breath

Foreword By Joe C Songwriter, broadcaster and author of Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life Storytelling, vulnerable and sincere storytelling, unites us. More than just an ageless form of teaching and entertaining, storytelling is healing and nurturing for both the teller and the audience. Books, songs, movies, podcasts, … Continue reading

Six Years Old!

Fireworks

By Roger C. An Anniversary Today – on this very day – AA Agnostica is six years old! The website was first launched into the internet universe on June 15, 2011. And it quickly became a very unique and special “space for AA agnostics, atheists and freethinkers worldwide”. Imagine that. … Continue reading

The Austin Convention – Survey Results

Austin Featured

By Thomas B. Approximately 400 persons attended the second biennial convention of We Agnostics, Atheists and Freethinkers International Convention (WAAFT IAAC), which took place November 11 – 13, 2016 at the Austin Crown Plaza Hotel with the theme “Human Power Can Relieve Our Alcoholism — May You Find Us Now.” … Continue reading

Chapter 7: Agnostics and Human Rights

Chapter 7: Agnostics and Human Rights

Let’s begin by looking at some dates of historical significance. May 31, 2011. Two agnostic AA groups, Beyond Belief and We Agnostics, are voted out of the Greater Toronto Area Intergroup (GTAI) and off of the area AA meeting lists. The motion to de-list the groups was carried by a … Continue reading

A Manual for Alcoholics Anonymous

Dr. Bob's Home

Bobby Beach is back! On March 16, 2017, Bobby Beach made his AA Agnostica debut with “The Watering Down of AA”, an angry anti-fundamentalist screed in response to the angry fundamentalist, anti-atheist, anti-agnostic, anti-weak tea drinker screeds of days gone by. A contrite Bobby B. opens his mind to AA … Continue reading

Chapter 6: Changing the 12 Steps

Chapter 6

As time passes our book literature has a tendency to get more and more frozen – a tendency for conversion into something like dogma. This is a trait of human nature which I am afraid we can do little about. Bill Wilson, Correspondence, 1961 Much of the controversy with regard … Continue reading

Irreligion in the US: A Rising Tide

Word of God

The Guardian 19 May 2017 For the first time, the number of Americans saying that the Bible is composed of “fables” by human beings has overtaken the number who say it is the literal truth. The preponderant belief, held by about half the country, is still that the Bible is … Continue reading

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