Turning It Over

Alcoholism

Step 3 as published in 1939: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him. By Bob F. I have never believed in the god concept despite the endless reinforcement of the idea which people are subject to everywhere. … Continue reading

Chapter 3: The “God Bit”

Chapter 3

The “God” part in the 12 Steps comes from Bill Wilson. The rest of it, “as we understood Him”, was Jim Burwell’s contribution. But let’s start at the beginning… AA’s soon-to-be co-founders met on May 12, 1935 (Mother’s Day), with Bill trying to help Dr. Bob sober up at Dr. … Continue reading

Staying sober without keeping the faith

Sober agnostics

On Tuesday, by a two-thirds majority, the Greater Vancouver Intergroup Society voted to “list all groups that wish to be listed”. This is, after almost three and a half years, a reversal of its decision towards the end of 2013 not to list agnostic and atheist groups.  Bravo GVIS for … 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

The Daily Reflections

Believe

By life-j This is not the first time you may have heard me being down on the Daily Reflections, and it won’t be the last, but I’m going to approach it a bit more systematically in this article. I realize that the futility ranking of this project is on level … Continue reading

God on Every Page

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The first issue of the AA Grapevine was published in June of 1944. This year, in October, for the first time ever an issue was devoted to the stories of atheists and agnostic members of AA. Here is the introductory welcome by the editor of the Grapevine: This month, our … 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

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