Sylvia K. – First Lady of Chicago AA

Sylvia K.

By bob k AA’s earliest efforts to rehabilitate women had not gone well. The ink was barely dry on the newly printed “Big Book,” when Florence Rankin, author of A Feminine Victory (BB, 1st Edition), returned to the bottle. Shortly thereafter, and still in the Spring of 1939, Dorothy Snyder reported to … Continue reading

Together we can

Together

by Joe C. Now what? August 13th and 17th AA Agnostica had a heart-felt discussion about the new pamphlet “Many Paths to Spirituality.” Now that we’ve had our say, what to do? For those among us who would like to be the change we want to see in AA, there … Continue reading

William James and AA

William James

By bob k For better or worse, whether real or imagined, drug-induced, or brought about by the most desperate need, Bill Wilson’s spiritual experience at Towns Hospital is perhaps the foundation point of Alcoholics Anonymous. Shortly before the famous “hot flash,” Bill’s old friend Ebby had laid out the Oxford Group’s … Continue reading

Still No Pamphlet for Agnostics in AA

One Way

By Roger C. After requests that span some forty years, there is still no pamphlet for agnostics and atheists in AA. Not one. Nothing even close. The recently published pamphlet, Many Paths to Spirituality, was meant to dodge the issue, rather than deal with it. All the pamphlet had to … Continue reading