A Resentment and a Coffee Pot
It is often said with humor that “all you need to start an A.A. group is two drunks and a resentment”, and there’s probably a lot of truth to that. In a way that’s how our group started. Not hat we were resentful, but we just thought that we would be more comfortable in a meeting without the praying and a little more relaxed on the god stuff, and we were sure that we weren’t alone. There must be other A.A. members in our community who would like a prayer-free meeting, and there are probably people who will find a home in AA at our group who otherwise may have been turned off by what the perceive as religiosity at the more traditional meetings.
Thus we started a new A.A. group, “We Agnostics”. But are we an AA group or an AA meeting and what’s the difference anyway? An AA group exists outside of the scheduled meeting time and is available for twelfth step work, whereas an A.A. meeting is simply a gathering of two or more alcoholics at an agreed upon place and time for the sake of convenience.
We Agnostics is an AA group and our members are ready to help each other or the still suffering alcoholic whenever there is a need. It is recommended that after meeting for a few months to contact the General Service Office to register as a group. This will allow GSO to track the number of groups and members.
We were a little premature with submitting the new group form to GSO, but they responded very kindly and explained that they prefer for groups to wait a few months before registering, just to be on the safe side and to be sure we are on solid ground and will continue to meet. If we disband after only a few weeks and not tell them, it distorts the accuracy of their records. However, they were very nice and agreed to notify the district about our group on August 20th, and they will register us as an official AA group on September 20th. They asked that we let them know if anything should happen and our group cease meeting, and we will certainly do that.