By Roger C
This e-book is an thought for these uncomfortable with the “God bit” in 12 Step Line restoration conferences and fellowships. A background of Agnostics in AA is an ideal mixture of 2 crucial components for a booklet of this kind: own event and research.
The ebook is split into 3 major components: Our background, difficulties in AA and relocating ahead. The background 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 the sort of seems to be “Conference-approved” literature. ultimately, the final half, relocating ahead, is all a couple of 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 numerous years and was once taken care of with real appreciate. it really is was hoping that over the years an identical recognition of nonbelievers in AA and different 12 Step restoration fellowships should be one of many result of A background of Agnostics in AA.
Our desire is that Alcoholics nameless adapts and strikes ahead, with better inclusivity. A heritage of Agnostics in AA is intended to give a contribution to that objective.
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Extra info for A History of Agnostics in AA
Org/ Chapter 2: Rejection Two agnostic groups 舑 We Agnostics and Beyond Belief 舑 were booted off of the official list of AA group meetings in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) on May 31, 2011. This was done by the GTA Intergroup. Beyond Belief had been around for more than a year and a half. Twelve people attended its first meeting on September 24, 2009. It was, officially, the first agnostic AA group in Canada. We Agnostics had its first meeting almost a year later, on September 7, 2010. And both meetings were growing.
Don S and Tom H are the two founders of the group. Don 舑 whose sobriety date goes back to June 14, 1991 舑 had 19 years of sobriety under his belt before he started The Broad Highway. ” In most cities in North America, and in virtually all towns and villages, AA meetings end with people standing, holding hands, and reciting the Lord’s Prayer. Don ultimately decided he couldn’t 舑 and shouldn’t 舑 do that. He chose to remain seated during the closing prayer in order “to let others know that they are not alone and so that nonbelievers will feel welcome”.
He did not care to keep score. He was a very devoted loving husband, father, grandfather and great-great-grandfather. Charlie was a significant contributor. He saved lives and reinstalled the ability to experience joy into many hearts. He was a holy man. He remained active in the program until the very end, holding AA meetings at his bedside and receiving AA visitors up to the last week of his life. Nick was there for his last chip in 2012. Today, there are nine meetings for agnostics, atheists and freethinkers in Austin.
A History of Agnostics in AA by Roger C