The Secular Wing of AA


By Bill White Originally published on March 2, 2018 on The Selected Papers of William L. White AA is so decentralized that in a very real sense, there really is no such single entity as “Alcoholics Anonymous” – only AA members and local AA groups that reflect a broad and … Continue reading

The Karma of Recovery


By Bill White Originally published on December 8, 2017 on Selected Papers of William L. White The concept of karma holds that one’s fate in this life or future lives is not a random roll of the dice, but a direct product of one’s thoughts and actions. Rooted in many … Continue reading

Standing on the shoulders of giants?


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


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


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

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

Buddhist Recovery Summit


The Buddhist Recovery movement is based on using the Dharma to overcome the suffering arising from addiction. By Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John The Buddhist Recovery Network (BRN) and the Northwest Dharma Association (NWDA) are sponsoring the 2017 Buddhist Recovery Summit. George Johns, President of BRN, and George Draffan, Executive Director of … Continue reading

4 Ways Atheists and Agnostics Recover


By Kelly Fitzgerald Originally published on July 24, 2017 in The Recovery Village A common question among those trying to get sober, and those who are foreign to addiction and recovery is, how do atheists and agnostics recover? It’s often thought that sobriety is equivalent with the 12 steps and … Continue reading