By Roger C
This e-book is an concept for these uncomfortable with the “God bit” in 12 Step Line restoration conferences and fellowships. A historical past of Agnostics in AA is an ideal mixture of 2 crucial components for a ebook of this type: own event and research.
The booklet is split into 3 major components: Our heritage, 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, numerous difficulties inside Alcoholics nameless are mentioned, and this sort 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 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 school of non secular stories at McGill college for a number of years and used to be taken care of with actual recognize. it truly is was hoping that through the years an analogous reputation of nonbelievers in AA and different 12 Step restoration fellowships can be one of many result of A historical past 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 objective.
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After months of agonizing debate and delays, the final vote was on whether Intergroup should continue to discuss the matter. The verdict was “No”, and that was the end of that.
To say that AA is “spiritual not religious” and then recite the Lord’s Prayer, well, that just doesn’t wash. The Lord’s Prayer is found in the New Testament in the Gospel of Matthew (6:5-13) with a shorter version in the Gospel of Luke (11:1-4). It was said to have been taught by Jesus to his disciples and is considered the essential summary of the gospels, of the religion of Christianity. Because it discriminates against those with other beliefs or with no religious beliefs at all, the Lord’s Prayer was eliminated from public schools by the Supreme Court in the United States in 1962.
It’s the understanding, caring and support of the people at these AA meetings. Back in rehab, and in my early days and months of recovery, the word “gratitude” meant nothing to me at all. 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.