By Roger C
This ebook 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 mixture of 2 crucial components for a publication of this kind: own adventure and research.
The booklet 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, numerous difficulties inside Alcoholics nameless are mentioned, and this type of seems to be “Conference-approved” literature. eventually, 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 hence 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 collage for a number of years and used to be taken care of with actual recognize. it really is was hoping that over the years an analogous recognition of nonbelievers in AA and different 12 Step restoration fellowships may be one of many result of A background of Agnostics in AA.
Our desire is that Alcoholics nameless adapts and strikes ahead, with higher inclusivity. A background of Agnostics in AA is intended to give a contribution to that objective.
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Finally, the question is raised as to whether or not dealing with this expulsion should have been left to the conscience of the two groups. But I, too, have a conscience. Every human has a conscience. And perhaps the most important part of a person is his or her conscience: how she or he feels about the world and what is right or wrong in it. And that too needs to be acknowledged. And respected. To do otherwise is wrong and invariably a part of authoritarianism. When my home group was booted out of the AA Intergroup, my conscience screamed at me to act.
I sponsored one guy because he saw that I didn’t participate in the prayer. He was returning to AA and was wary because he was now an atheist. ” When Don originally asked for the group’s meetings to be listed on the Des Moines Intergroup meeting list, he was told that there was a six month waiting period. After six months he wrote and was told that the application was being referred to a committee. Eventually Intergroup sent Jayson J to monitor a meeting of the Broad Highway. Don reports that the following exchange took place.
Bob took his last drink on June 10, 1935 (a beer to steady his hand for surgery), and this is generally accepted as the founding date of AA. In January of 1938, Jim Burwell joined the fellowship. AA consisted of two groups: one in Akron and the other one in New York. The latter group held one meeting a week, at Bill’s home in Brooklyn, which was attended by six or eight men. Only three men in that group, including Bill, had been sober more than a year. AA was a fledgling organization, to say the least.
A History of Agnostics in AA by Roger C