By Roger C
This booklet 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 elements for a ebook of this kind: own adventure and research.
The e-book is split into 3 major components: Our background, 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 kind of seems to be “Conference-approved” literature. eventually, 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 therefore extra modern.
The writer, Roger C, is the chief of the web site AA Agnostica. He used to be the “resident atheist” on the college of spiritual stories at McGill collage for numerous years and was once taken care of with actual admire. it truly is was hoping that over the years the same recognition of nonbelievers in AA and different 12 Step restoration fellowships can be one of many result of A heritage 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 objective.
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There is no question that Bill came to very much appreciate the contribution of Jim Burwell and the other atheists and agnostics in early AA. ” But was the gateway widened enough? Looking back some eight decades after the humble beginnings of Alcoholics Anonymous, the question has to be asked. Indeed, the divisions in AA at the time were significant, and they do reflect current problems within the fellowship. , written in 1975, touches on these problems as he describes the late 1930s meetings at Bill Wilson’s home in Brooklyn: There were agnostics in the Tuesday night group, and several hardcore atheists who objected to any mention of God.
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. Anti-God, anti-medicine, anti-our Recovery Program, even anti-each other 舒 these rampant individuals are still an AA Group if they think so!
This meeting too was registered with the General Service Office in New York and with the Vancouver Intergroup. However, problems were on their way. As Hilary reports: Our meeting soon attracted the attention of the Vancouver Intergroup operating committee. , attended incognito to “see what we were up to”, announcing himself at the end of the meeting. When the next edition of the directory was published, Sober Agnostics had been deleted. This precipitated lengthy, sometimes hostile debates at the monthly Intergroup meetings.