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

We Agnostics

San Diego

This was a talk given at the 39th annual AA Spring Roundup in San Diego, March 24-27, 2016,  Easter weekend. There were 50 or so people in the room. Rob reports that for many it was their first time hearing about the agnostic/ atheist/ freethinker movement within AA, and several … Continue reading

Positive Attitude Changes Everything

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Chapter 22: Do Tell! Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA Helen L. My name is Helen and I am an alcoholic. That simply means that I cannot safely drink. I have been introducing myself at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings that way for 30 years. I came into the rooms at … Continue reading

A Different Road

Different Road

This article was first published in the Chicago Tribune twenty-one years ago, on February 22, 1995. It reports on alcoholics in AA celebrating – “the drunks are having a party” – the twentieth anniversary of the founding of the very first “Quad A” meeting – Alcoholics Anonymous for Atheists and Agnostics. Today there are a dozen such … Continue reading

A New Man

A New Man

Chapter 15: Do Tell! Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA David B. Coming to: What happened? Where am I? Who am I? Most alcoholics are familiar with this feeling: an abyss of loss and then a desperate search for the events that led to this point. Sometimes there’s nothing, … Continue reading

God Problems

Cross on Mountain

Chapter 12: Do Tell! Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA Betsy M. My father got sober in AA in 1952. He drove two hours round trip to the nearest city to attend the only weekly meeting in his region. I was five, but I have no memories of my … Continue reading

Rewriting the 12 Steps for Atheists

12 Steps

By Tracy Chabala This article was originally published in the the AfterPartyMagazine, a division of RehabReviews.com. One of the biggest concerns of many AA newbies is the “God thing.” I sympathize, because I still have an issue with the God thing after eight years in AA. I’ve tried to avoid … Continue reading

Atlanta 2015 We Agnostics Talk

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The 2015 International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous was held in Atlanta, Georgia, between July 1 and 5. There were reportedly some 60,000 people in attendance. The theme of the Convention was “80 years – Happy, Joyous and Free”. Between 1500 and 2000 people attended a We Agnostics Panel held at the Convention … Continue reading

Perils Facing Agnostic AA

AA Agnostica V

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

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

Foreword – Do Tell!

Do Tell!

Do Tell! Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA was published a week ago. The book shares the stories of the “experience, strength and hope” of 15 women and 15 men in recovery in AA, none of whom “came to believe” that an interventionist deity was responsible for their sobriety. Today we are featuring … Continue reading