An Atheist in AA

Fellowship

By Megan D. When I entered our Program some 33 years ago, I was a complete cynic about life in general and the term “god” made me nauseous in particular. Actually, I was ‘terminally unique’ as we say, and the pecking order was clearly defined. The only places worthwhile were … Continue reading

My Name is Marnin

Stormy Seas

By Marnin M. My name is Marnin and I’m an alcoholic and an agnostic/atheist. Marnin is Hebrew for he who brings joy, a singer of songs. In  my youth I was embarrassed to have such an unusual name. I have been sober for 42 years, since my first AA meeting … Continue reading

Without a Higher Power

Grapevine Logo

The AA Grapevine, in its January 2010 issue, published this article by Greg H., from San Diego, California. One Size does not fit all for this atheist in recovery This atheist “walked into our midst,” and stayed. At the age of 52, I attended my very first AA meeting on … Continue reading

The Bird In Your Hands

Bird in Hand

By Ivan K. A salesman was traveling from Toronto to London and got lost. He stopped at a farmer’s place to ask directions, and this is the conversation between the two of them: Salesman, “Do you know the directions from here to Woodstock?” Farmer, “Nope.” Salesman, “Do you know the … Continue reading

Atheist

Sunflower

The AA Grapevine published this article by J. L. of Oakland, California, which it called Atheist, in its January 1980 issue. At the time J. L. was eight years sober. When J. L. reached 16 years of sobriety her son entered the rooms of AA and The Grapevine published her perspective on this … Continue reading

Is There Room Enough in AA?

Birds at Feeder

By J. L. from Oakland, California. Published in the AA Grapevine in October 1987. Copyright ©  AA Grapevine; reprinted with permission. Recently my twenty-eight-year-old son began to recognize his growing problem with alcohol (an episode with the law helped get his attention) and went to his first AA meeting on his own … Continue reading