By Roger C
This publication is an concept for these uncomfortable with the “God bit” in 12 Step Line restoration conferences and fellowships. A heritage of Agnostics in AA is an ideal mix of 2 crucial components for a e-book of this type: own event and research.
The publication is split into 3 major elements: Our historical past, difficulties in AA and relocating ahead. The historical past is going again to Jim Burwell, the 1st atheist in AA, and to the first actual agnostic AA conferences. It additionally faucets into the discrimination opposed to nonbelievers within the fellowship. within the moment half, numerous difficulties inside Alcoholics nameless are mentioned, and the sort of seems to be “Conference-approved” literature. ultimately, the final half, relocating ahead, is all a few secular flow gaining momentum inside AA, promising to make AA much less God-focused, extra inclusive and therefore extra modern.
The writer, Roger C, is the executive of the web site AA Agnostica. He used to be the “resident atheist” on the college of spiritual experiences at McGill collage for a number of years and used to be taken care of with actual appreciate. it really is was hoping that through the years an analogous reputation of nonbelievers in AA and different 12 Step restoration fellowships can be one of many result of A historical past of Agnostics in AA.
Our desire is that Alcoholics nameless adapts and strikes ahead, with larger inclusivity. A heritage of Agnostics in AA is intended to give a contribution to that aim.
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It was so exciting to him that we go public on this. It was so exhilarating to him that this would cease to be a secret within AA. The other co-founder, Megan D, was new to sobriety. She remembers starting the group with Charlie: I got sober on Jan. 1, 1980. My first regular meeting took place immediately. I met Charlie about a month later. We spoke of our mutual atheism and he told me there were many of us in the program, but that we kept a low profile. About three months later he came to me and asked me to help him start a meeting for people like us.
Today, there are seventeen meetings in New York City for agnostics, atheists and freethinkers in AA. Under the search again for meetings there is something called a “special interest” category where you can click on “Agnostic” and again find these meetings. org/2016/03/01/a-different-road/ Chapter 5: More Rejection Service, not Governance One of the co-founders of AA, Bill Wilson, wrote this in the July, 1946, Grapevine: So long as there is the slightest interest in sobriety, the most unmoral, the most anti-social, the most critical alcoholic may gather about him a few kindred spirits and announce to us that a new Alcoholics Anonymous Group has been formed.
Some were crying. One of them was a wonderfully talented Canadian actress. I had sat beside her and chatted with her at her first Beyond Belief meeting, some six months earlier. ” Now her head was on the table and she sobbed uncontrollably. Joe C, the author of Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life and one of the co-founders of the group Beyond Belief, described the expulsion of his group this way: I was crushed by Toronto Intergroup’s decision. I grew up in AA. I have been sober since I was a teenager.
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