On January 25, 2018, the We Agnostics Kansas City AA group held their monthly anniversary meeting. This is an open speaker meeting, and on this night, Marty K. from Lee’s Summit was celebrating 3 years and Julie K. from Kansas City, MO was celebrating 30 years of sobriety. There were about 25 people in attendance at the meeting, one newcomer and a visitor.
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.
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
By Adam N. I am on record as having a problem with the word ‘spiritual’ and its commonly overused variants. Even within the tiny and idiosyncratic atheist niche of Alcoholics Anonymous within which I thrive, that is somewhat unusual. I suppose my main objection is that it is sometimes allowed to become such a vague, […]
The March 2015 issue of the AA Grapevine features a set of stories about how different A.A.s found their higher power, and among these stories is one written by an atheist titled “Out of the Closet”. In the story, a woman relates how she came into the program at the age of 21, and that during the first […]
I started this blog and helped to form this AA group because some time ago I stopped believing in God and I was trying to make sense of how I would work the A.A. program as a nonbeliever. I felt that my atheism was a secret that I needed to keep in meetings and I […]
My first call for help was to the Kansas City Area Central Office of Alcoholics Anonymous. I made the call upon finding my way to my apartment after spending the night in jail and the morning wandering the streets and contemplating the futility of it all. Drinking wrecked my young life and everything was out […]
My favorite secular recovery book is now available in an expanded second edition that includes several additional chapters and a forward written by Rev. Ward Ewing, Former Chair of the A.A. General Service Board. The entire forward is available for reading at our favorite website AA Agnostica. After reading the first edition, I felt that at […]
This article posted at WAAFT Central and written by Thomas B., provides interesting insight into importance of agnostic A.A. groups to participate in the service structure of A.A. Soon after starting the meeting Thomas attended District Meeting and Area Assemblies where his group was warmly accepted. This turned out to be quite helpful when the […]
My name is Adam. I am an alcoholic and a drug addict. I am also an atheist, which means I do not believe in any gods. I just came from an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. I left feeling utterly disillusioned and depressed. God was mentioned many times, as was Jesus and the bible. If that were […]
December 6, 2014 is a date that will live in infamy. It was on that date when I innocently attended a noon meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous and was suddenly and deliberately attacked by the armed forces of the Daily Reflections book. When the chips are down “When we developed still more, we discovered the best […]
The following article was written by Dick S. from an interview he conducted in October 2004. Dick was a long-time volunteer for the Greater Seattle Intergroup. Alcoholics Anonymous is a big tent. Despite the emphasis on God and a Higher Power, there´s room inside for atheists and agnostics, as witness the three meetings listed in […]
By Eric C. from Lake Leelanau, Mich. Question: How could anyone possibly work the 12 steps of A.A. without believing in a God of their own understanding? Answer: Atheists and agnostics in A.A. work the 12 suggested steps in exactly the same manner as everybody else: imperfectly and to the best of their ability and […]