Tagged: Alcoholics Anonymous

Port Dover

Recovery Spirituality

By Ernest Kurtz (Adjunct Assistant Research Scientist, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Medical School) and William L. White (Emeritus Senior Research Consultant, Chestnut Health Systems). Originally published on January 27, 2015. Abstract There...

God

Which God, Whose God, What God?

“I grok, I am god, you are god.” – Mike, the Man from Mars in Stranger in a Strange Land By Paul W. In Alcoholics Anonymous, “God” is simply defined as a Higher Power...

AA Areas in Canada

The First Secular AA Meeting in Canada

By Michael D. Around 2 or 3 am the morning of my 37th birthday – January 20, 1979 – I was in a serious car accident. Like many other alcoholics, I had reached a...

AA Book

Critique of Chapter 8 – To Wives

By Clara M. Intro Even Big Book Thumpers have a rough time with “To Wives.” In the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, chapter 8 may be the least-thumped, and most skipped, so my first...

Gateway

Blowing the Gate Away

By Tom L. The gates restricting access into AA are being essentially blown away with explosions in recent years of secular literature, meetings, websites and conferences. Detonations in North America and beyond make this...

Into Action

Critique of Chapter 6 – Into Action (Steps 5 – 11)

“If something is true, no amount of wishful thinking will change it.” (Richard Dawkins) Conversely, “If something is false, no amount of wishful thinking will change it.” By Paul W. Introduction Chapter 5 of...

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Critique of Chapter 5 of the Big Book – Step 4

An unexamined life is not worth living. Plato’s Apology Part Two: Step Four (Pages 64 – 71) By Paul W. Prelude As life-J so aptly points out in his November 23, 2017 article, Standing...

Wing

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...

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...

People

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....

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...