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 combination of 2 crucial components for a ebook of this type: own adventure and research.
The booklet is split into 3 major components: Our heritage, 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 Alcoholics nameless are mentioned, and this sort of seems to be “Conference-approved” literature. ultimately, the final half, relocating ahead, is all a couple of secular circulate gaining momentum inside of AA, promising to make AA much less God-focused, extra inclusive and hence extra modern.
The writer, Roger C, is the executive of the web site AA Agnostica. He was once the “resident atheist” on the school of spiritual stories at McGill collage for a number of years and was once handled with real appreciate. it truly is was hoping that over the years an analogous attractiveness of nonbelievers in AA and different 12 Step restoration fellowships could be one of many result of A background of Agnostics in AA.
Our wish is that Alcoholics nameless adapts and strikes ahead, with better inclusivity. A background of Agnostics in AA is intended to give a contribution to that objective.

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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. 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.

In the August issue of The Paper there is a lengthy article entitled, “The Other Side of the Story 舑 Expelling a Local Group”. In that article Donna H takes great exception with the expulsion of We Agnostics: “Simply, the Service Committee has greatly over-reached its boundaries (they are trusted servants, they do not govern) and have completely ignored at least six of our Traditions”. She goes on to say: There was neither respect nor careful consideration; neither trust nor love. Personalities were everywhere and sadly not one Service Committee member asked themselves if there “might be another way to deal with this” or “maybe we should consult the traditions” or even “let’s decide not to decide tonight”.

Chuck K, the organizer of the Quad A Unity Conference mentioned earlier, reported at the We Agnostics and Atheists Conference in Austin in 2016 (more on this later) that Don was both a musician and he also loved to play cards. He became very well known within Chicago AA because of his reputation as a card player and musician. He was also a very sociable and outgoing guy. The Quad A meetings were not listed in the Chicago AA directory until the 1980s, more than five years after they had been launched.

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