By Roger C
This ebook 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 combination of 2 crucial components for a ebook of this type: own event and research.
The e-book is split into 3 major components: 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 this type of seems to be “Conference-approved” literature. ultimately, 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 hence extra modern.
The writer, Roger C, is the chief of the web site AA Agnostica. He was once the “resident atheist” on the college of spiritual reviews at McGill collage for a number of years and used to be taken care of with actual admire. it's was hoping that over the years an identical reputation of nonbelievers in AA and different 12 Step restoration fellowships might be one of many result of A historical past of Agnostics in AA.
Our wish is that Alcoholics nameless adapts and strikes ahead, with larger inclusivity. A historical past of Agnostics in AA is intended to give a contribution to that target.
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Extra resources for A History of Agnostics in AA
But clearly it didn’t. Tradition Ten states: “Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the AA name ought never be drawn into public controversy”. To begin with, the expulsion of these groups was not an outside issue. Clearly, it was an inside issue. And it was not an issue that could be allowed to be buried in the basement of a church. There are standards that AA has to meet, and not just standards within our fellowship. The Ontario Human Rights Code, adopted in 1962, prohibits discrimination based upon an individual’s beliefs, or lack thereof, and goes on to say that this principle “extends to situations where the person who is the target of such behaviour has no religious beliefs whatsoever, including atheists and agnostics”.
He went and he was horrified”, Nick reported. It was at a Catholic Church and it was full of God stuff and Charlie told a friend that “I am never going to another one as long as I live. It was horrible”. But he did though. And after nine years started the “We Agnostics” meeting. He was not a big fan of the Big Book, nor was he a fan of Chapter Four, according to Nick. ” Shawn M describes “meeting hunting” in the Los Angeles AA directory when he came across the We Agnostics meeting and, curious, he decided to attend one of their meetings.
Later the ever-growing group moved to its present location at the Jan Hus Church, where it still meets. The church found the word “Atheist” a bit harsh, and so the name of the group was changed to “We Humanists”. Much of the history in the preceding paragraphs is excerpted from the group’s 1989 newsletter, called Sampler. ” It was of course all about the tale of a city on the Pacific Coast, Los Angeles, and how someone from that city had come to the aid of alcoholics in New York City, on the Atlantic Coast.