My name is John S., and I’m an alcoholic, and this is the history of an AA group that I helped found—We Agnostics Kansas City. Since I played a part in helping to start the group, some of this history includes my own personal story and is written from my perspective. Participating in the formation of a new AA group has been one of the greatest experiences of my life, and I’m grateful to the Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous that make it possible for groups like We Agnostics to exist.
About John S
This author hasn't written their bio yet.
John S has contributed 100 entries to our website, so far.
This blog is an old friend I haven’t visited for a very long time — too long. I used to write here quite a bit, it wasn’t particularly good writing and very few people ever read any of it, but that didn’t matter. I wrote because I needed to write. I was writing to come to terms with being an atheist in Alcoholics Anonymous. It was a difficult and painful realization that for twenty-five years I sat in the rooms of AA, talking God, quoting the Big Book, getting on my knees in prayer, and I no longer believed any of that was necessary anymore. I was done with that chapter of my AA life.
On August 6, 2016, the two secular AA groups in Kansas City, Missouri will celebrate the anniversaries of their groups. The We Agnostics group is celebrating its second anniversary, and the Freethinkers in AA group is celebrating its first anniversary. The event to be held at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church at 4501 Walnut Street, is […]
Our group uses the chip system to recognize continuous periods of sobriety and we found this secular sobriety token at Northwest Territorial Mint that works well for us. They only cost $1.50, but there is an additional $5.00 cost to engrave them. We add the engraving “We Agnostics Kansas City” on the reverse side of […]
Missouri Inmate Randall Jackson who was serving a sentence for charges related to a drunk driving offense was offered early release if he agreed to AA attendance as a condition of his parole. Jackson, an atheist objected on the grounds that requiring attendance at AA is a violation of his first amendment rights, and last […]
Do Tell: Stories by Atheists and Agnostics in AA is a collection of thirty personal stories written by men and women who found recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous without a belief in God. This is an important book because in Alcoholics Anonymous our stories are important. In telling them, we are reminded of who we are […]
If you’re in the Omaha Nebraska area, you should know that there’s an agnostic AA meeting that takes place every Wednesday night at 7:00 pm central. The meeting is also accessible online through imeet.com allowing anyone from around the world to join in the meeting. This may be the first AA meeting where you can attend either […]
Marya Hornbacher’s Waiting A Nonbeliever’s Higher Power is a must read for anyone who is working the Twelve Steps, but is having difficulty with the “God Stuff”. Marya takes us through the steps as written and she doesn’t shy away from spirituality. Rather she divorces it from religion and the supernatural. She describes spirituality not […]
My name is John and I’m an alcoholic and I am grateful to Alcoholics Anonymous for my sobriety. A few years ago, I stopped believing in God and started thinking about the Twelve Steps and how I would practice them as an atheist. This led me on a search for other alcoholics like me who […]
Agnostics, Atheists and Freethinkers in A.A. will gather from around the world and meet in Austin Texas from November 10th through 12th 2016. The convention, known at WAAFTIAAC for We Agnostics, Atheists and Freethinkers International A.A. Convention, will be held at the Crowne Plaza Austin . The 2014 convention in Santa Monica was a huge success with […]
By Ed S I have been an Atheist for 50 years and sober for 30 years. When I attended AA meetings I initially did what everybody else did because I wanted to fit in. I said the Serenity prayer at the beginning of meetings and the “Our Father” (Matthew 6:9-15) at the end of meetings. […]
This weekend it was an honor to represent our group on Godless Revolution Podcast produced by the Omaha Atheists . I joined my friends R.J., Benn and Josiah for a discussion of secular sobriety. Because those of us on the panel were all members of A.A., the conversation was primarily centered on Alcoholics Anonymous and the movement within […]
Not long ago, I was speaking with someone from our group who mentioned that he missed some of the ritual found in other meetings but lacking at ours. We open our meetings simply by reading the A.A. Preamble, and we close by saying, “the meeting is now over”. His idea was to have some sort of […]
Writing the book Alcoholics Anonymous, what we today call the Big Book was a moment of genius and creativity. I can just imagine the excitement in the room when Bill read the steps to the group for the first time, and what an interesting debate it must have been as they hashed over the precise […]
Does Alcoholics Anonymous work and if so does it matter whether or not one actually works the steps? If it does work, how does it work, and how do we know that it works? Clinical Psychologist Joseph Nowinski’s new book provides the answer to these questions. If You Work It, It Works! Dr. Nowinski is […]