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By Roger C

ISBN-10: 0994016263

ISBN-13: 9780994016263

This booklet is an proposal for these uncomfortable with the “God bit” in 12 Step Line restoration conferences and fellowships. A historical past of Agnostics in AA is an ideal mix of 2 crucial elements for a publication of this kind: own adventure and research.
The e-book is split into 3 major components: 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, a number of difficulties inside of Alcoholics nameless are mentioned, and this sort of seems to be “Conference-approved” literature. ultimately, the final half, relocating ahead, is all a few secular move gaining momentum inside AA, promising to make AA much less God-focused, extra inclusive and therefore extra modern.
The writer, Roger C, is the chief of the web site AA Agnostica. He was once the “resident atheist” on the school of non secular reviews at McGill college for numerous years and was once handled with actual admire. it really is was hoping that through the years an analogous popularity of nonbelievers in AA and different 12 Step restoration fellowships might be one of many result of A heritage of Agnostics in AA.
Our desire is that Alcoholics nameless adapts and strikes ahead, with higher inclusivity. A historical past of Agnostics in AA is intended to give a contribution to that objective.

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It’s learning so much from others about how they are able to deal with their alcoholism and to maintain their sobriety, truly, “one day at a time”. It’s the understanding, caring and support of the people at these AA meetings. Back in rehab, and in my early days and months of recovery, the word “gratitude” meant nothing to me at all. Today I experience it every single day. AA is meant to be here for all who reach out for help. We are a “kinship of universal suffering” as Bill Wilson put it and we need to let everyone who attends an AA meeting know and feel that they are welcome, regardless of belief or lack of belief.

And Charlie may indeed have at least partial ownership of the “We Agnostics” brand in Alcoholics Anonymous. He co-founded the very first AA group ever to be called “We Agnostics,” in 1980 in Los Angeles. Of course the name “We Agnostics” is also a chapter in the Big Book. When I talked to Charlie, he was quite surprised. ” 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.

The group’s name is based on a line from the second paragraph of Tradition Four, in the Twelve and Twelve book: “Children of chaos, we have defiantly played with every brand of fire…” Charlie got things going in Austin. “He was a big, important part of starting these meetings”, Nick reported, “and he said that there were three things you could boil the steps down to: unconditional love, consistent responsibility and rigorous honesty”. When Charlie died in 2012 he was 98 years old and had more than 41 years of continuous sobriety.

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