Recommended Freethinker communities and resources (12 Step and other addiction recovery resources)
In Toronto, Renascent House, a leading 12-Step based treatment centre posts a TGIF Newsletter for Alumni and the public. April 25th 2013, they featured the agnostic perspective with a guest blog by Beyond Belief author Joe C, a copy of Bill W's 1961 "Dilemma of No Faith and a link to the CBC Tapestry show about AA Spirituality - with and without God. Link to it here: Have a printable PDF HERE
SIX proposals by AA's General Service Literature Committe to create a pamphlet for Atheists and Agnositcs have been mothballed.
READ More HERE. THIS document WAS posted on Area 17's website but has now been removed. Rebellion Dogs asked GSO to confirm or deny the legitimacy of each reported count which should be in the minutes and archives. "We are understaffed. Sorry, can't do that." was the response from our GSO staff. A second attempt with AA Archives is now underway.
The White Paper on Non-believers - an anonymously authored thesis of one long-term member who thinks AA is making a big mistake by welcoming agnostic AA groups as part of the fold and that believers should ban together to expel members/groups that unabashedly don't believe in God. This is hardly a widely held opinion in AA but the advocates of this proposal are not without influence.
Toronto Intergroup Reps were sent this document and encouraged to vote agnostic AA groups out in order to save Alcoholics Anonymous from contamination or delusion. What was a peaceful and cooperative relationship between Intergroup and all the groups it was mandated to serve, bigotry won the day in May 2011 in a divisive vote that still finds Toronto AAs divided on the new Intergroup whereby Uniformity, not Unity is their guiding principle. Another mandates was to have member’s petition GSO to refrain from including the agnostic/atheist voices out of the draft pamphlet on Spirituality. According to the then Class A Trustee Chairman of the Board for Alcoholics Anonymous, Ward Ewing, GSO did report on an impressive campaign to sensor the AA message through this draft pamphlet. The document can currently be found in the Links page of a Florida AA site called 164fl.com
Rebel Radio - Talks including some from www.xa-speakers.org
NEW Recorded at the Ontario Regional Conference of AA There is a Solution in Toronto, Canada April 13, 2013 by Multiview, Joe C (author of Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life), athiest + Joe R., Catholic Priest share on a panel called, "Growing Along Spiritual Lines." You haven't heard anything quite like this. Steam it Here. Download it Here. all rights reserved, Mulitiview.com
WARD EWING Class A (non-alcoholics) Trustee and Chairman of the Board of Alcoholics Anonymous talks at Unity Day 2011 in Canada, a joint
effort of Area 83 and Area 86. Mr. Ewing talks about Spirituality--what it is and isn't and why a clear line should be drawn in AA between
Spirituality and Religion
HEAR WARD EWING
Barry L, author of "Living Sober" and "Do You Think You're Different?" talks at The 1985 world conference in Montreal Canada
HEAR it HERE or download it HERE
Jim B AA's first New York atheist, anecdotally refered to as Ed the Atheists in Bill W's essays on the Twelve Tradtions is responsible
for the term "...as we understand Him" in the Twelve Steps. In 1957 Jim tells the story of how the Big Book came to be in a talk he
gave in San Diego HEAR it HERE or download it HERE
In The Rooms (chatting, blogging, groups)
In The Rooms Addiction Magazine
Starting your own meeting. Meetings for Agnositcs, Atheists and/or Freethinkers are popular in AA. If you are starting a new group register with GSO (in USA or Canada or what ever General Service Office serves your geographic location) and register your group with aanycagnostic website.