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What do we know about the beliefs of Alcoholics Anonymous members? How have AA's adjusted to the gains and pains of online (ZOOM) AA; what bridges and barriers has this brought? Well, we know the answer to these questions, at least for a meaningful sample size. Meet Mani Mehdikhani, psychologist and non-alcoholic trustee for the General Service Board of AA Great Britain. Mani is the architect of the 2020 membership survey which asked members in Gret Britain and Central Europe Region English-speaking members these questions and more; who is religious, who is secular, who loves the new virtual recovery, who feels left behind? cLiCk 2 HeAr, HeRe :-)
BEYOND BELIEF, "Paperback or eBook? But I just can't decide!" We reward indecision - Get both, save money: $US 20.00 from Rebellion Dogs for both. Or, support your favorite online or brick-and-mortar booksellers. CLICK the Book PIC above
who, who, who are you? Last 30 days visitors from 304 cities, top 12: New York, Montreal, Toronto, Dallas, London, LA, Cancun, Phoenix, Chicago, Columbus... thanks everyone, by the way
PODCAST PIT-STOPS with JOE C. - we stopped by three fellow recovery podcasters (click to listen)
How many podcasts do you listen to? Is it like a meeting-on-demand, you can tune into for free anytime, any place? Maybe every home group should have a podcast, sharing member's unique stories or your group's meeting-after-the-meeting coffee talk.
So what's everyone looking at?
What is the latest in 12-Step culture? The 2020 Membership Survey of Great Britain just out and asks members who has a higher power and for those who do, is it a religious or an irreligious power greater than yourself? Check this out; results are in. And how is AA doing so far in the 21st Century? Have we made progress in the last two decades? Well let's talk about that too, on Rebellion Dogs Radio Episode 69 Our musical guest (pictured below) are ON, a cross-boarder trio from Toronto/New York City. CLICK the pic to read and hear all about it...
A messaging crisis in AA? what crisis? We know that culture and innovation both foist a new way of talking about things; our language changes... AND at times, AA (who we are collectively) resists change. That said, if there was a long era of fundamentalism and craving closure and certainty, we see millennial stewardship gently taking chances, embracing vulnerability and bringing innovation back to ye olde peer2peer, Alcoholics Anonymous. Listen up and/or join the conversation; CLICK the PIC to get started.
NOW Available on YOUTUBE on Herb K's site from our co-hosting 1/2 day workshop Saturday April 23, 2022. Our topic is Step Two and Three. An atheist and a Big Book-literalist discuss the secular, practical path to AA sobriety's legitimate equivalency to the spiritual/religious version.
Join in on a discussion with Columbia University's Carl Erik Fisher, podcast host, teacher, psychiatrist and someone who's been on both sides of the person with addiction meets with psychiatrist dynamic. Yeah, it's quite a story. And his search for answers were not satisfied by science and medicine alone. Come along on Carl's trip that visits history, art and philosophy of Episode 68 CLICK HERE
Goldilocks syndrome? Let's add this to our AA inventory taking.
January 24th, 1971, 51 years ago Bill W died. How would he have weighed in on this: Another AA central thinks it can kick out an AA meeting for being to "out there." I know, according to AA creed, central offices never rescind the rights of members and groups. The service structure serves--never governs--groups. But drunk-on-power rogue General Service Offices "servants" do drunk thinks: they act with impulsivity instead of thoughtfulness, they react to emotion and regret it later. As Bill W wrote about trusted servants acting in haste, and realizing our wrongs later, "...that we who condemn them are the Pharisees whose false righteousness does AA the deeper spiritual damage." So GSO (UK) booted out some Jesus freak AA's, removing them from the list for being too religious. That's right, just last decade, it was the secular AA groups being excommunicated for not being religious enough. That's Goldilocks Syndrome. Overreaching stewards want AA to be just right... not too hot, not too cold.
This GSO has AA in the news again with journalists having their way with our foolish ways. So we're looking at what happened, and what our play book (our AA Service Manual) says about inalienable rights are and how we can better deal with unpopular and peculiar groups of AA. Read/Listen or both to Episode 67Rev. Ward B Ewing has been engaged with AA since 1975. As a class A trustee (non-alcoholic), he was voted to the AA General Service Board chair from 2009 - 2013. He has been a champion of inclusivity in AA. Ward's efforts to make AA a more welcoming place for atheists and agnostics got him invited to be one of our speakers at the International gathering of secular AA members in Santa Monica in 2014. He has a new book. Based on lessons learned in AA and the changing demographic of creed in America, Ward has written Twelve Steps to Religionless Spirituality: The Power of Spirituality with or without God (2021). Ward is our guest on Rebellion Dogs Radio. Rebellion Dogs Radio.
I suppose turn around is fair play, Allen Berger was a guest on Rebellion Dogs Radio and now Joe C visits Thom, Patrick and Allen as a fourth musketeer on Emotional Sobriety Podcast #22. iTunes - Spotify - Amazon Podcast or click the pic for Stitcher Pod pageThe Beatles said, "All You Need is Love." Alcoholics Anonymous says, "Love and tolerance of others is our code." Check out [Revised 10/10/2021] our blog that takes a spot inventory of offering the same love and the same tolerance we want and expect. CLICK the PIC
Joe Nowinski is back on Rebellion Dogs Radio. Recovery After Rehab: A Guide for the Newly Sober and their Loved Ones is like the owners manual to your new sober life. "So, I'm finished my stint in rehab; what do I do now? What do I do first?" For all the $$$ you spent and/or your health provider spent on your in (or out) patient care to treat alcohol use (or other drug) disorder, the $28 for this book will help improve outcome rates. Listen now or download from your favorite podcast sites
SECULAR AA Meetings on Demand: Listen to International Conference of Secular AA speakers and panels any time, anywhere CLICK HERE
We kicked off 2021 with... would y,ou call it "a bang"? This was January 1st to kick off the year with an explosive topic on Here's Tom With the Weather click to hear the January 1 show
Click the pic for audio of Our June 19th, EURO ICSAA meetings + more or follow this link for audio + commentary from the first virtual event of its kind International Conference of Secular AA December 5, 2020
For the one-on-one interview CLICK HERE for Rebellion Dogs Radio
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Joe C as a guest on other podcasts:
CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK to STREAM or DOWNLOAD episode 325 of Humanize Me - Bart Campolo of Humanize Me Podcast and Joe yackin' it up.
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Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life
Finally a daily reflection book for nonbelievers, freethinkers and everyone.
Finally a daily reflection book for nonbelievers, freethinkers and everyone.
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this is "some of" the history of atheists and agnostics in AA. Secular AA has "widened AA's gateway" according to founders and "isn't REAL AA" according to fundamentalists. In this meeting we will take a historical look at gatherings: secular AA meetings, conferences and literature in AA.
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updated and revised history of secular AA: meetings and other gathering, the impact of Zoom, barriers and bridges, Secular AA: is it a different program or a different language?
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The Spirituality Series is sponsored by Mary & Joseph Retreat Center Herb K & Joe C will discuss their respective approaches: Traditional VS Non-Traditional and dialogue about their understanding and experience then open the workshop to participant questions. Herb K will unpack his understanding and experience with the Big Book from the “spiritual” perspective – helping participants clarify the practical meanings of: FAITH; CHOICE; DECISION. Joe C will share his approach from the “secular” viewpoint – addressing the % of people coming from or drawn toward atheism or agnosticism, modeling how to have an effective personal experience.
From Joe C.: “Step Two and Three are a process for a freethinker like me--not an event. My unaided will was insufficient to sustain sobriety. What resources would suffice; where would I go or what/whom would I turn to for the care that I needed? None of these are original ideas, but I heard them at AA meetings and applied them to my life: a) the power of example, b) a Group of Drunks, c) a higher purpose. As ideas and practical tools, these three touchstones have all been instrumental throughout my AA recovery. I see in these principles the same practices and hope of Steps Two and Three that others find who ‘call it God-consciousness’."
Herb K’s journey ~ 7 years in Claretian seminary, a graduate education in psychology, 40 years in human resources consulting, certification as a Spiritual Director, active participation in 12 Step Fellowship since 1984 and the publication of 3 books on spiritual awakening. www.herbk.com
Joe C’s search for a secular daily reflection book for people in recovery came up empty, leading to his writing “Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life” (2013). Joe is a broadcaster & author, clean and sober since Disco music. His writing, research and reporting efforts have been directed towards music, finance, travel, mental health and addiction/recovery. Joe hosts a syndicated show on IndieCan Radio, devoted to the emerging music scene and Rebellion Dogs Radio, a contemporary look at 12-step life. Contact Joe at https://rebelliondogspublishing.com/
Cost: $25 - Zoom information and links will be emailed to you a few days before each event. info: https://maryjoseph.org/event/steps-2-3-we-agnostics-a-choice-a-decision/ register: https://giving.ncsservices.org/App/Form/ca432038-394c-4a06-992f-f6485beca71e
Emotional Sobriety featuring Marya Hornbacher, author of Waiting: A Nonbeliever's Higher Power and more
EMOTIONAL RANGE: Skillfully navigating highs, lows and in-betweens... While recovery frees us from the emotional, physical, and mental hell that is active addiction, it doesn't grant us a pass on the emotional ups and downs of regular life. As addicts, we often lived in a state of nonstop emotional emergency, where every feeling, good or bad, led us back to our substance or behavior of choice. In recovery, learning to live "life on life's terms" means becoming aware of our whole emotional range and developing the skills to navigate the ever-shifting terrain of our own inner world. This talk will focus on how we can become more adept at handling both the internal experience and the external impact of our own highs, lows, and everything in between.