The Second Secular AA Convention

Austin Convention

“AA started in riots. It rose in riots.” Clarence Snyder By Roger C. The second international convention for agnostics, atheists and freethinkers in AA will be held in November in Austin, Texas. The convention will run Friday through Sunday, November 11 – 13, and will be held at the Crowne … Continue reading

An Agnostic Reflects on AA Today

Reality

By Peter T. As an Alcoholics Anonymous member of long-standing in Ontario, I am dismayed and shamed by the Greater Toronto Area Intergroup (GTAI) declaration at the January, 2016 Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario that AA is a “religious organization”, and that to be part of it, AA groups “must … Continue reading

AA Atheists and Human Rights

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By Roger C. On May 31, 2011, two agnostic AA groups were booted out of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Intergroup and off of the area AA meeting lists. That was disturbing and offensive to many people within the fellowship of AA. Within a few days an article appeared on … Continue reading

Remembering Ernie Kurtz

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By bob k Catholics priests are not among those who one would expect to find heading a list of crusaders for the freethinker movement in Alcoholics Anonymous. Nonetheless Ernest Kurtz, ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood in 1961, was a dear friend of AAAgnostica.org, an enthusiastic proponent of the work being … Continue reading

The Spirit of Rotation

Rotation

By Roger C. Dear readers – it’s time for a change. As of today, AA Agnostica will no longer be posting original articles every Sunday. It’s a change that is a transition. It is a positive change, for a number of reasons, as outlined below. Online and Alive First, AA Agnostica will remain … Continue reading

My AA, Right or Wrong

My Country

By John L. Last November I led a workshop at the WAFT convention in Santa Monica, “Our AA, Right or Wrong”. This was a paraphrase of the saying: My country, right or wrong; if right to be kept right, and if wrong, to be set right. (Senator Carl Christian Schurz, … Continue reading

AA Membership: Growth or Decline?

Membership

By Joe C. AA’s General Service Conference takes its own inventory, a process that has spanned several years. How well do we AAs meet our responsibility to reach out our hand, anytime, anywhere? Data helps answer these questions and begs the question, “What can we do to alter or improve?” … Continue reading

A New “How It Works”

How It Works

By John S. Writing the book Alcoholics Anonymous, what we today call the Big Book, was a moment of genius and creativity. I can just imagine the excitement in the room when Bill read the steps to the group for the first time, and what an interesting debate it must … Continue reading

Perils Facing Agnostic AA

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By Vic L. My sense is that there are three dangers that we in agnostic AA face and that make us uncomfortable. So I will take a deep breath and jump in. Purity fears As a rule, we AA members who attend agnostic AA meetings do so to avoid “the god … Continue reading

The Great Chain of Being

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By Adam N. I was a mere lad of 26 when I was flown off to a treatment facility deep in the Minnesota woods, in the midst of an icy, snow-covered winter. I was seriously beaten down, hammered into a state of reasonableness. I spent the next couple of decades … Continue reading

Record Your Experience, Strength and Hope

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By Steven W. A couple of months ago I listened with great enjoyment and gratitude to Eric C’s audio qualification posted on  AA Agnostica, and I enjoyed it so much that I listened a second time on my iPhone while at the gym. Later, I downloaded the secular sobriety discussion on the … Continue reading