Category: The 12 Traditions

The 12 Traditions serve as guidelines for the unorganized organisation of AA.

Free Captives

Relevant Quotes for Secular AA

Our book is meant to be suggestive only. We realize we know only a little. Alcoholics Anonymous, Page 164, 1939 The spiritual life is by no means a Christian monopoly… Consider the eight-part program...

One Nation

Tradition Two: A Flaw in AA Service Structure?

Tradition Two: For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority — a loving God as He many express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants. by Thomas B....

Tradition

The Trouble with Tradition Three

By  Svukic The following is the long form of Tradition Three as quoted in my copies of Alcoholics Anonymous (the volume that is reverentially and affectionately referred to as “The Big Book” by orthodox...

Members

Making a case for atheist/agnostic groups in AA

By JHG  The idea that atheists and agnostics have the right to take part in the AA experience and fellowship does not involve either a subtle or complicated mental juggling act. The third tradition explicitly...

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Six Shades of Nonbelievers

By Joe C. The nonbeliever world is a hexagon shaped world, according to a University of Tennessee finding. Christopher Silver and Thomas Coleman III derived their six types of nonbelievers based on an analysis of interviews across the...

Flowers for Atheists

Atheists, Traditions and Concepts

By Edward S., Jupiter, Florida Recently, while doing some fellowshipping with local AAs, a friend expressed her belief that atheists should not be allowed to start their own atheist-oriented groups (and therefore should not...

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The “Don’t Tell” Policy in AA

By Roger C. There often seems to be an unofficial policy in Alcoholics Anonymous especially for nonbelievers at AA meetings: “Don’t Tell.” It is a policy imposed by just a few but rarely challenged. If you are an...

Christmas Time

Christmas, Christians, Lepers and Alcoholics

By bob k All AA members, both Christians and non-Christians, so easily joined together during the recent holidays in shared sentiments of kindness, selflessness and the love of our fellow man. Above all is...