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SEPTEMBER BLOG: Are The Kids Alright? A look at youth in AA through the years. AA Grapevine features those who got sober in their teens and twenties, this month. We borrow from the adventures of Dr. Earle who, 20-years-ago talked to Grapevine (1995) about his "Physician Heal Thyself" story in The Second Edition of Alcoholics Anonymous forty years earlier. Not only is he an insight into how AA's younger members fit into AA's early days, he talks of Emotional Sobriety troubles that plagued him and Bill W in long-term recovery. CLICK HERE

BLOG Year over Year and Decade over Decade in AA: August 2020

Americans are deeply religious people—and atheists are no exception.

Europeans are deeply secular people—and Christians are no exception.”

The August Blog explores new data including AA membership trends from Y2K to 2020, Pew Research insights into how people identify re their worldview and how "secular" or "religious" identity means something different, depending where you live in the world. We have information from AA's 70th General Service Conference with a look at goings on in literature and our new high-tech (not so much high-touch) AA meetings. CLICK to download or read HERE

July Report: Happy Anniversary, Alcoholics Anonymous! We are 85 and look at us. We are all online and embracing new technology. Who said, we're oldOn Zoom, some of you were asking about the first We Agnostics panel held 30 years ago when the AA World Convention was in Seattle (1990). Want to hear it? This features some moving accounts of AA members gathering in secular AA meetings or doing it for themselves. CLICK HERE to hear from Bruce and Sarah, members of the We Agnostics, Atheists & Freethinkers Group, (one of four secular AA meetings in Seattle at the time), Charlie P, 19 years sober from the Hollywood We Agnostics group, Phyllis (New York Agnostics) with 23 years sobriety and Mary from Daytona Beach.

Beyond Belief Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life reached a new humble milestone in June: 18,000 paperbacks and/or eBooks are on smartphones, computers and bedside tables, being used as meeting starters or enjoyed privately, each day. It's a humble milestone because this reflects your support over 6 1/2 years. AA's Daily Reflections sells 18,000 every sixty days, and it's still outsold by Twenty-four Hours A Day.

So we're not changing the world, we're catering to a previously unmet (and growing demand) among our heathen Twelve-Step community of skeptics and humanists. We are grateful and we are happy. If we wanted a best-seller we would have written a book for our "more religious members." They love that stuff. There's talk about an audio book version and a French translation. Oh, and correcting some of the punctuation errors on the eBook version. Keep sending your questions, corrections, observations. We're all in this together.

June 2020 Podcast, #53. There's been a serge of new people to the secular AA zoom meetings. We want to back up a bit and talk about the Why secular AA, How we do secular AA, a brief history of secular AA - which, even if you've been around a while, it is surprising to see a rational, practical (secular) view of AA has always been championed from on corner of AA or another. We'll talk about the 1963 secular (10) steps from San Fran in 1965, the secular (7) Steps in Sweden in the early 1950s. Founders celebrated all of these artistic liberties. Also, hot off the press, Reality Check: Being Nonreligious in America survey and study has some analysis that really speaks to the range of positive to prickly experiences atheists and agnostics get in AA.... and the value of irreligious AA to serve an underrepresented minority in the rooms. Anyway, click the pick for Episode 53

a look at vital AA history. Why the only requirement for membership tradition is so vital to special purpose groups and underrepresented populations. This is Barry L (author of Living Sober)'s last talk

Remembering our AA history: contributions of Barry L, sober in 1945, editor of Living Sober, Do You Think You're Different? and many General Service Conference Final Reports. Listen to his last talk about Tradition Three - why you and I are members of AA if we say we are... no vetting, no cost, no barriers. CLICK here (or the PIC) to go to our blog including the Montreal 1985 talk by Barry L

COVID-19 NOTICE: Many peer-to-peer (mutual aid) groups that have been accustomed to meeting in person are now online only. For a list a growing list (being updated daily) of zoom meetings CLICK HERE for a Google Sheets link including hyperlinks to meetings that can be used as they begin.

For interest only: Beyond Belief Agnostics & Freethinkers AA (Toronto) Group's collection of 12-Step variations (7 versions) CLICK HERE

EPISODE 52 of Rebellion Dogs Radio will feature a round-table from around North America. Peer-to-peer online meeting moderators discuss Zoom meetings, Zoom-bombing (pranksters and intruders) and new measures to reach out to people looking for recovery while maintaining a safe, private place for mutual-aid regulars and people looking for help. The show's under construction but there are some quick tips on participating in or running zoom meetings already posted. EPISODE 52 the podcast is available to download, stream or share, now. CLICK HERE for more NOW

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Previous events

Emotional Sobriety Zoom mini-conference

Freethinkers Living Sober of Verde Valley AZ

featuring New York Times Bestseller, Marya Hornbacker, counselor/author, sober since Noah Dr. Allen Berger, John R from Cottonwood Freethinkers + Joe C, Rebellion Dogs Publishing - free mini-conference (3 hours starting 10 AM PST, 1 PM, EST, 6 PM BST), registration now open, Emotional Sobriety, yes, the final frontier.


5-Year Anniversary We Agnostics Kansas City

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We Agnostics Kansas City Group, 4501 Walnut Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64111

We Agnostics-Kansas City celebrates five years, and Freethinkers in AA-Kansas City celebrates four years. Featured speaker, is Joe C. from Toronto, Ontario. Joe is the author of "Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life", and host of Rebellion Dogs Radio.

Recovery Capital Conference

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Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street , New Westminster, BC V3M 1B6

Speakers: Dr. Ray Baker, Addiction Medicine Consultant Dr. Gabor Mate, The Myth of Normal: Illness and Health in an Insane Culture Johann Hari, Rethinking Addiction Social Recovery in the Age of Loneliness Steven Page, The Barenaked Ladies, Overcoming Adversity Dr. Andrea Barthwell, Former Deputy Director for Demand Reduction at the Office of National Drug Control Policy (White House)

AA History Lovers Symposium

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El Retiro San Iñigo Retreat Center, 300 Manresa Way , Los Altos, CA 94022-4659

Researchers, archivists, documentations and even Rebellion Dogs, Joe C will be presenting interesting facts about AA History. Jackie B (Recovery Plays by Jackie B) says, "In developing an interest in AA history, I find that what we did wrong, is far more interesting and educational than patting ourselves on the back for what we got right."

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