Chapter 4: Early History

Chicago It all began, ironically enough, in a church, the Unitarian Universalist Church. And it was started by a guy by the name of Wilson, but not Bill, Don Wilson. Don was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church and had been for a number of years. He had first … Continue reading

Chapter 2: Rejection

A History III

Two agnostic groups – We Agnostics and Beyond Belief – were booted off of the official list of AA group meetings in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) on May 31, 2011. This was done by the GTA Intergroup. Beyond Belief had been around for more than a year and a … Continue reading

Chapter 1: An Agnostic in AA

Chapter 1

I went to my first AA meeting when I was in rehab back in 2010. It was a speaker meeting and there was a fellow on stage who talked about how he owed his sobriety to “the Guy in the sky”. I thought, “Are you kidding me?” But, of course … Continue reading

Beyond Belief Agnostics and Freethinkers

Toronto's City Hall

In January of this year the discrimination against agnostic groups by Intergroup in the Toronto area ended as a result of a settlement mediated by the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. In the very next Intergroup Newsletter, called Better Times, this candid history of one of the previously excluded groups was … Continue reading

If you need one, start one

Fairhope UU

By Clay A. Hello my name is Clay and I’m an alcoholic and a proud agnostic member of AA. Starting an agnostic meeting was always something that I loved to think about, but like the old elusive thought of putting down the drugs and alcohol, I never really thought it … Continue reading

Open-Minded

open-minded

by life-j. Copyright © AA Grapevine (October, 2016) I got sober, initially on my own, on February 20, 1988. But I realized after a couple of months that it would only be a matter of time before I would drink again if I didn’t get some help, and since I … Continue reading

Take What You Need and Leave the Rest

Quad A

Chapter 29: Do Tell! Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA Chuck K. I sobered up in the Care Unit at St. Elizabeth Hospital on Chicago’s northwest side in June, 1982. Members of AA from the Logan Square Alano Club chaired three meetings a week in the ward room. They … Continue reading

In Memory of Denis

Denis Featured II

By Dan V. Today I write with a heavy heart and with great sadness about a man whose name is Denis Kilborn. On April 1, 2016, he passed away from cancer complications. His sobriety date was April 28, 1975. He was introduced to AA in Toronto, Ontario, and it was … 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