Conclusion: Who We Are

Conclusion: Who We Are

One of the favorite quotes I came across in early recovery was the following: “It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.” (Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782) Jefferson might well have … Continue reading

Is The Lord’s Prayer Exclusive?

Our Father in Heaven

Once a theist and deacon, he sets out on a spiritual journey with his home group to discover if the Lord’s Prayer truly serves all its members By Christopher S. Santa Rosa, California Copyright © AA Grapevine (October, 2017) On October 21, I am celebrating 19 years of continuous sobriety … Continue reading

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

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

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 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