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, … Continue reading

Motions to Welcome Agnostic AA Groups


Democratic efforts to ensure that Alcoholics Anonymous welcomes secular groups – and doesn’t delist them as was done in Toronto and Vancouver – were launched in both Canada and the United States on Sunday. Motions to relist agnostic groups and for AA to always be “inclusive and never … Continue reading

A History of Secularism in AA


This talk was delivered by Roger C., the manager of the website AA Agnostica, at a Conference for secularists in AA held in Olympia, Washington, on January 16, 2016. The Conference was called Widening the Gateway. By Roger C. Introduction I am really pleased to be here today. The opportunity to … Continue reading

We are unstoppable


By Dave S. I had my last drink on February 28, 1984. Within my first year I became aware that, for lack of a better term, I was a nonbeliever. At the time it seemed that in order to be a “real” member of AA I was ultimately going to … Continue reading

Agnostic AA Meetings Gaining Momentum


By Russ H There is a story about agnostic AA meetings that needs to be told. It is about growth, acceptance and inclusiveness in Alcoholics Anonymous. It is an important story because so much attention has lately been focused (and rightly so) on accounts of resistance to these meetings and … Continue reading

AA Agnostica and the Varieties of AA Experience

Bill and Ernie

“AA Agnostica’s efforts to forge a secularized framework of recovery within A.A. thus has historic import.” By Ernie Kurtz and William White On June 15, 2014, AA Agnostica marked its third anniversary.  As historians dedicated to documenting the growing varieties of addiction recovery experience, it is fitting that … Continue reading

Yet Another Intergroup Fight


By life-j. Laytonville, where I live, is a small coastal mountain valley village of about 2000 on Northern California’s Highway 101, about 3 hours north of the Bay Area. This is a sparsely populated area. The next, smaller village is 25 miles north, the next, bigger one 25 … Continue reading

One alcoholic judging another


By Roger C. The way our “worthy” alcoholics have sometimes tried to judge the “less worthy” is, as we look back on it, rather comical. Imagine, if you can, one alcoholic judging another! Bill W. Vancouver Intergroup went on a bender of self-righteousness last Tuesday. There were apparently … Continue reading