Chapter 16: A Growing Secular Movement

Chapter 16: A Growing Secular Movement

Riding the Tide We are a rapidly growing and evolving secular movement within Alcoholics Anonymous. Our “godfather”, if you will, was Jim Burwell, back in the 1930s. That’s where we all – I trust – learned the importance of “widening our gateway”. There were the first agnostic AA meetings in … Continue reading

Recovery Rising – Review

Bill White

Recovery Rising: A Retrospective of Addiction Treatment and Recovery Advocacy by William L. White Review by Linda Farris Kurtz, MSW, DPA, Emeritus Professor, Eastern Michigan University School of Social Work I first met Bill White on October 6, 1995 when he arrived at our house to meet with Ernie to … Continue reading

Standing on the shoulders of giants?

People

By life-j Isaac Newton said “If I can see farther, it is because I’m standing on the shoulders of giants”. I want to look at whether that’s the case with us in AA, too. Lately we have had increasing cause for concern over Big Book fundamentalist groupings in AA asserting … Continue reading

Arizona Secular AA Conference

Arizona

By Dave H. Scottsdale, Arizona The second biennial Arizona Secular AA Conference will be held Saturday December 9, 2017 in Tempe, Arizona. Here’s how it all got started. There is something about being in a room full of people united in a common purpose that evokes a sense of refuge. … Continue reading

Widening the Gateway

Gateway

Such were the final concessions to those of little or no faith; this was the great contribution of our atheists and agnostics. They had widened our gateway so that all who suffer might pass through, regardless of their belief or lack of belief. Bill Wilson Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age … Continue reading

Chapter 15: Austin Convention

Chapter 15: Austin Convention

by life-j I missed out on the Santa Monica Convention, and I almost didn’t make this one either, but the tooth fairy came through at the last moment. And now I’m really stoked. I had met a few of the people at a regional conference in Olympia, Washington, back at … Continue reading

Each Breath a Gift – Review

Books

By Jan A. Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question. ~ ee cummings The first quote is used as the tag line after Thomas’ signature in his emails. I always want to respond with Rilke’s quote, but it’s not as pithy. It’s the difference between poetry and prose. I … Continue reading

Chapter 14: Progress not Perfection

Chapter 14: Progress not Perfection

There were, however, controversies that emerged in the preparation of the Santa Monica, and the next, Austin, convention. For the first secular AA convention, the problem was sometimes trying too hard to be acceptable to all in AA. To conform, as it were, to conventional AA. One of those controversies … Continue reading