Yet Another Intergroup Fight

Duel

By life-j. Laytonville, where I live, is a small coastal mountain valley village of about 2000 on Northern California’s Highway 101, about 3 hours north of the Bay Area. This is a sparsely populated area. The next, smaller village is 25 miles north, the next, bigger one 25 miles south. … Continue reading

One alcoholic judging another

Exclusion

By Roger C. The way our “worthy” alcoholics have sometimes tried to judge the “less worthy” is, as we look back on it, rather comical. Imagine, if you can, one alcoholic judging another! Bill W. Vancouver Intergroup went on a bender of self-righteousness last Tuesday. There were apparently 80 or … Continue reading

Is listability the new AA?

Listability

By Joe C. It’s January 2014 and Vancouver is in the news: the city is winner of the 2025 AA World Conference. Congratulations are in order. There is also controversy brewing in Vancouver, with two agnostic groups having been removed, at least temporarily, from the official Intergroup roster of AA meetings. This coming Tuesday … Continue reading

Booting the bastards out

Booted Out

By Roger C. It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg. Thomas Jefferson (Notes on Virginia, 1782) Out they went “We booted the bastards out,” D said. “They wanted to water down … Continue reading

Two new agnostic meetings

We Agnostics

Over the past several months there has been an upsurge of interest in starting meetings for agnostics and atheists in AA. Some people have gone ahead and done so, having discovered that all it takes is a few other interested AA members, a room that is available once a week, … Continue reading

The Great Divide

The Great Divide

By Brent P. It’s conventional wisdom. If, as an organization, you want to be as inclusive as possible and avoid controversy, you don’t allow sex, politics or religion to influence your mandate. Yet in merely allowing the word God to appear in its literature and its program of recovery, AA … Continue reading

We Are Not Saints

Fellowship

My name is Roger and I am an alcoholic. It was snowing on Friday evening, the last day of November, in downtown Toronto. I didn’t know that until I hauled my bicycle out of the porch and onto the driveway. It made me a bit nervous. I would have to ride almost … Continue reading

Pharisees and Recalcitrants

AA Medallion

By Joe C. When asked about AA’s lack of rules and why we didn’t need them, Bill Wilson said, “AA is self-correcting.” It may be that Toronto Intergroup’s first controversial action of banning AA groups from their roster for nonconformity has been unwittingly self-corrected. Toronto Intergroup may have unintentionally made … Continue reading

U of T Student Attends We Agnostics Meeting

Boozepaper

Talia Gordon is Features Editor at the University of Toronto’s independent student press, The Newspaper. She prepared this article on agnostics in AA for “the boozepaper,” an edition of the paper printed at the end of each school year. As part of her research, she attended a meeting of the “We … Continue reading