Without a Higher Power

Grapevine AA

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

Responsibility Is Our Theme

AA Conference Hall

“How much and how often did we fail?” By Roger C. Bill W spoke at the General Service Conference held in New York City in April, 1965. The Conference theme was “Responsibility To Those We Serve.” AA was thirty years old. Bill was 70 years old. It was a period of … Continue reading

Bill W: The Documentary Reviewed

Bill W Film

By Tim C. Bill W., the documentary now showing in cinemas throughout the country, is a delightfully presented look at the story of William G. Wilson, the original public face of Alcoholics Anonymous. The documentary takes live recordings of the voice of Wilson himself speaking and then synchronizes the voice … 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

AA’s Greatest Danger – Rigidity


Bob Pearson (1917-2008) was General Manager of the General Service Office from 1974 to 1984, and then served as Senior Advisor to the G.S.O. from 1985 until his retirement. His story is in the Big Book as “AA Taught Him to Handle Sobriety.” During the 1986 General Service Conference, Bob … Continue reading

You Cannot NOT Interpret the Steps!

Ajlun Castle Steps

By John M. Last May 14th I attended the annual Toronto Round Up which featured three speakers, two from Ontario and, the other, the headliner, a long standing, highly respected member of AA from California. Well known to many from AA conferences across North America, he was also the featured … Continue reading