By Roger C
This publication is an idea 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 type: own adventure and research.
The e-book is split into 3 major components: Our background, difficulties in AA and relocating ahead. The heritage 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 kind 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 executive of the web site AA Agnostica. He used to be the “resident atheist” on the school of non secular experiences at McGill collage for a number of years and used to be taken care of with real recognize. it truly is was hoping that through the years the same reputation of nonbelievers in AA and different 12 Step restoration fellowships may be one of many result of A heritage of Agnostics in AA.
Our desire 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 aim.
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Among the first ten members of the fellowship on the East Coast, he is often considered the third founder of AA. Jim is the first agnostic AA member to die sober: His sobriety date was June 15, 1938, and he died on September 8, 1974. Chapter 4: Early History Chicago Our movement 舑 the growth of secular meetings within AA 舑 began, ironically enough, in a church, the Unitarian Universalist Church. And it was started by a guy by the name of Wilson, but not Bill, Don Wilson. Don was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church and had been for a number of years.
The We Agnostics group was getting kicked out of the Crossroads so in 1988 Ada and Henry moved the meeting to a Unitarian Fellowship church in Boca Raton. It still meets there to this day on Friday nights. Two current members of the group, Valerie and Elizabeth, put together a brief history of the We Agnostics meeting in Boca Raton which, apparently, “went light on sponsorship and heavy on socialization”. They add: The focus (of the meeting) is on the sense of self identity and non religious openness to positive change 舑 which some refer to as spiritual growth 舑 connecting with others to share strengths and weaknesses.
Today, there are nine meetings for agnostics, atheists and freethinkers in Austin. Intergroup for Austin 舑 Hill County, it’s called 舑 also lists “Atheist / Agnostic” as a “meeting type”. So if someone is looking for a meeting for atheists and agnostics in Austin there is a category called “Atheists / Agnostics” that can be clicked on. By the way, the meeting that Charlie started in Hollywood in 1980 still meets every Tuesday and it’s going strong. Agnostic AA flourished in California in ways that it didn’t flourish in other areas.