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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Last weekend I attended an Area Assembly representing our group as the GSR or General Service Representative. The A.A. Service Manual describes the Assembly as the “mainspring of the Conference structure-the democratic voice of the movement expressing itself”. Every two years there is an election assembly where committee members and the delegate to the General […]
I’m not quite familiar with the inverted triangle of the A.A. service structure, but I got my feet wet today by attending a district meeting as the GSR for our group. We and some thirty-five other groups are located in District Six which is contained entirely within the boundaries of Kansas City, Missouri and our […]
It is with a truly thankful and grateful heart that I report to you that our group is thriving. Last week while myself and co-founder Jim were out of town, the meeting went on with six in attendance. Tonight there were eight of us and three were new to the meeting. Almost every week we […]
I’m encouraged that our group is growing. It’s slow and steady growth, but growth none-the-less. Tonight we set a record with six of us in attendance. Two were new to the group and the other four were regulars. The newcomers expressed an interest in coming back, and I hope they do! People are learning about […]
We are fortunate in the Kansas City area to have a Central Office that serves our community so well. They provide the infrastructure that makes recovery possible to the suffering alcoholic. They have volunteers who carry a pager to assist with 12th Step Calls, they maintain a meeting directory of all the A.A. meetings in […]
From the long form of the eleventh tradition: “Our relations with the general public should be characterized by personal anonymity. We think A.A. ought to avoid sensational advertising. Our names and pictures as A.A. members ought not be broadcast, filmed, or publicly printed. Our public relations should be guided by the principle of attraction rather […]
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 […]
First steps By John S. It occurred to me that I should write about our experience starting a secular AA group in Kansas City, and since we’ve only had three meetings thus far, we are still in the early stages of this endeavor. As time goes by, I’m sure there will be many ups and downs along […]