The Spirit of Rotation
By Roger C.
Dear readers – it’s time for a change. As of today, AA Agnostica will no longer be posting original articles every Sunday.
It’s a change that is a transition.
It is a positive change, for a number of reasons, as outlined below.
Online and Alive
First, AA Agnostica will remain online and alive. It is an important archive of articles and history. We have a huge and ever-growing viewership. Search engines are constantly delivering new readers to the website. For example, the article An Atheist’s Guide to 12-Step Recovery posted in August of 2012, as of midnight last night, has attracted 83,803 readers since it was published. Other very popular locations on the site include How to Start a Meeting and The Alternative 12 Steps.
Chris G. will continue to help people start new meetings via the new group form on the website (with the link on the right). If you have a website, please consider adding this link.
AND we will post chapters from the book Do Tell every Wednesday. There are 26 chapters yet to be posted, which means exactly another half a year of these posts on AA Agnostica.
We will also consider adding the occasional article on Wednesdays.
Most importantly, the 300 articles posted to date on the website about secular recovery within AA will remain available to Internet search engines for all those who find that information useful and helpful.
But we will not be doing the main work of posting original articles on Sundays.
New Website: AA Beyond Belief
Sunday articles by we agnostics, atheists and freethinkers in AA will now be posted by John S. at a brand new and wonderful website which has been created for that exact purpose: AA Beyond Belief.
John and I have been working together for the last two months to make the transition to the new website an easy one and comfortable for all. Today, the first article has been posted: Our Vision for AA Beyond Belief. And I am honoured to report that the first Sunday post is an article I’ve written called Platitudes in AA.
I heartily encourage readers of AA Agnostica to visit AA Beyond Belief. Subscribe there to receive notices of new posts. Add the website to your “favourites”. If you have a website, create a link to it. Tell your friends about AA Beyond Belief.
John is to be admired for taking on this project. He is the right guy to do it. He has the technical skills, having created the website We Agnostics AA Kansas City. Some of you will no doubt have met John at the Convention in Santa Monica. He has a wonderfully balanced approach to the reality and needs of we agnostics and atheists within Alcoholics Anonymous. That, my friends, is important. And the new website comes with a bonus! John is planning to post regular podcasts. These will include interviews with authors of articles posted on AA Beyond Belief. This is a very engaging feature and I expect will be greatly appreciated. All in all, AA Beyond Belief is a wonderful successor to the weekly posts on AA Agnostica. Thank you, John!
So, dear readers, please migrate over to the new website. Again, here is the link: AA Beyond Belief.
And writers on AA Agnostica: John is looking forward to your contributions. The themes, topics and lengths of the articles will remain much the same as they have been on AA Agnostica. And he too encourages more women to contribute as authors on the new site. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t wait! Be one of the first proud agnostics, atheists or freethinkers in our fellowship of AA to have an article published on the new website.
We are grateful to all those who have supported AA Agnostica since it was created in June of 2011.
The support we have received has been truly amazing and includes financial contributors, our readers and the authors of articles posted on the website.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Here are some numbers to celebrate. The website has been up now for 4 years, 3 months and 15 days. That’s 224 weeks or 1568 days. Original articles have been posted every Sunday with book reviews and articles about the Steps sometimes posted on Wednesdays. We have launched campaigns, such as the one to have the Grapevine put together a book of already-published articles by agnostics and atheists in AA (some 40 articles since 1962). We have made every effort to stay up-to-date and current, reporting, for example at the end of each day on the Convention in Santa Monica. And we have worked to build the movement, to help foster the development of new agnostic groups in AA throughout the world, and especially in North America. But mostly we have had one overriding goal: to let the still suffering alcoholic – especially the one who does not believe in an interventionist deity – know that she or he is not alone in Alcoholics Anonymous.
Again, thank you to all those at AA Agnostica – contributors, readers, authors, commenters – for supporting, encouraging and kindly nurturing the website over all those days, weeks and years.
Fear and Change
In 1965, Bill Wilson concluded a talk in which he discussed all the people who have entered the rooms of AA and then left never to return with a recommendation to the fellowship, “never fear needed change”. You can read about his talk here: Responsibility is Our Theme.
But our fellowship is afraid of change.
An antiquated belief in an interventionist Christian deity – an anthropomorphic “Him” to boot – tarnishes all of our Conference-approved literature and is a painful part of traditional meetings which invariably begin with “How It Works” and end with “The Lord’s Prayer”.
The inability of AA to accept the need for change is mystifying.
All of which is to say that what we are doing now at AA Agnostica is exactly the opposite: it is an acceptance of change.
Change, more often than not, is a good thing. It is inevitable. It is an essential ingredient in growth and maturity. Change is, well, change is part of life itself.
We understand, as humans in AA wanting to help other humans who reach out, the need to embrace change.
And it all fits so very well with the “spirit of rotation” principle which is a part of trustee, delegate and other roles and responsibilities within Alcoholics Anonymous.
Moving right along then: your next destination, friends: AA Beyond Belief.
See you there. Onwards and upwards!