Widening the 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


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

Chapter 13: Santa Monica Convention

Chapter 13: Santa Monica Convention

Word about a plan to hold a first international convention for agnostics, atheists and freethinkers in AA began to circulate in early April 2013. The plan had originated with two alcoholic women, Dorothy H and Pam W, both members of We Agnostics, the meeting started in Hollywood in 1980 by … Continue reading

SOAAR – Secular Ontario AA Roundup

SOAAR Toronto

By Martin D. On Saturday, September 16, roughly 100 AA members enjoyed a wonderful day informally sharing our experience, strength and hope in Toronto at the first Secular Ontario Alcoholics Anonymous Roundup (SOAAR).  The theme was Live and Let Live, and there were a variety of speakers, workshops and panels … Continue reading



Through heat, sand and sniper fire, their AA group kept them sober to show up and do their jobs By Eric C. Traverse City, Michigan, USA Copyright © AA Grapevine (October, 2017) Not only are there lots of atheists with decades of sobriety in AA, there have always been atheists … Continue reading

Turning It Over


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