By Roger C
This booklet is an thought for these uncomfortable with the “God bit” in 12 Step Line restoration conferences and fellowships. A heritage of Agnostics in AA is an ideal mix of 2 crucial elements for a ebook of this type: own adventure and research.
The ebook is split into 3 major elements: 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, numerous difficulties inside of Alcoholics nameless are mentioned, and the sort of seems to be “Conference-approved” literature. eventually, the final half, relocating ahead, is all a few secular stream 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 was once the “resident atheist” on the school of spiritual reviews at McGill college for a number of years and used to be handled with actual admire. it's was hoping that through the years the same popularity of nonbelievers in AA and different 12 Step restoration fellowships may be one of many result of A historical past of Agnostics in AA.
Our wish is that Alcoholics nameless adapts and strikes ahead, with higher 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
It was in that month in 2016 that the AA Grapevine published an issue devoted to “Atheist and Agnostic Members” of AA. 1 It was written by life-j and in it he discussed his problem getting his meeting listed in “liberal Northern California”. Well, that article got read at meetings in Laytonville and at other meetings in the area and the next time the Mendocino Inland Intergroup met it was decided to include the Laytonville Freethinkers meeting in the meeting directory. It took three years for a modicum of acceptance to finally be realized and acted upon.
After Ada helped to start the NYC meetings, she, a “snowbird from New York”, was part of starting a We Agnostics meeting in 1987 in Delray Beach, Florida. It was held at Crossroads, a large AA meeting hall, in a small non-smoking room across from the main room where traditional AA held its meetings. The other person involved was Henry Hellmuth, a native Floridian. Henry always identified himself as Henry Half Measure. He believed that a lack of faith in gods was seen by AA as a half measure. He was very proud that this half measure availed him plenty of long term sobriety.
They were, to put it mildly, broken hearted. There was a fear in the room that the group and the meeting were as good as dead. If it did not die immediately it would wither away over time. After all, we were not now on any lists. ” That was the mood as I entered the room. Some were crying. One of them was a wonderfully talented Canadian actress. I had sat beside her and chatted with her at her first Beyond Belief meeting, some six months earlier. ” Now her head was on the table and she sobbed uncontrollably.