At the time of recording it is October 2016—a great day to be living sober, or clean or clean and sober or living in long-term recovery if you like. I would call 2016 a great time to be part of the recovery community and especially great to be a part of the 12-Step community. Change is afoot and we are part of it.
Oct 7 – 11 I was presenting to addiction professionals in Minneapolis Minneso-ber for the NAADAC national conference. NAADAC's theme was “Embrace Today, Empower Tomorrow.” Catchy…
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We Agnostics, Atheists & Freethinkers International AA Conference is—or was, depending on when you are listening to this—November 11th – 13th in Austin TX. Rebellion Dogs is co-hosting a panel/workshop called: LIVING CYBER along with the team from SinceRightNow.com, home of Recovery Revolution. Chris is co-host of KLĒN + SŌBR podcast and also on our panel is Tammi S whose blog, My Life Is A Work In Progress, chronicles her ongoing sobriety. We’ll talk about f2f recovery vs. online sobriety.
This is such an awesome time for skeptics/atheists in AA. A new pamphlet from the United Kingdom General Service office is called:
The “God” Word: Atheists and Agnostics in AA.
And meanwhile back in New York, Grapevine just released their first Atheists/Agnostic features month.
Way to go AA for both of those initiatives. Still, it’s not very popular not believing in a sobriety granting higher power in America. We learn from Phil Zuckerman, PhD professor of sociology and secular studies that there exists a phenomena called, “secularphobia.” Zuckerman says:
"While about 10 percent of Americans said they’d be unhappy if a family member married someone of a different political persuasion, and about 30 percent of Americans said they’d be unhappy if a family member married a gun owner, nearly 50 percent of Americans said that they’d be unhappy if a family member married an atheist.
This finding comes as no surprise. Social science has long revealed high rates of secularphobia – the irrational dislike, distrust, fear or hatred of nonreligious people – within American society."
So what about this “Say Yes to Everything” theme?
We look at AA’s theme this year: “Secure the Future” and General Service finds that we have underrepresented minorities that we aren’t reaching. In Episode 26 we challenge the orthodoxy of the age-old decision making process at the General Service Conference which is voting by substantial unanimity. That’s good, but can we do better. We think we can by radical accommodation - a natural extention to AA's principle of radical inclusivity - and we ask the Conference to stop leaving minority issues up the majority.
We look to lessons leaned from the 1960s Civil Rights movement. Framing this issue as a civil rights issue—bigger than a race issue—contributed to the eventual majority view inside of the USA. Who wouldn't stand for the protection and assurance of civil rights for all?
Just say yes—to everything.
It’s a rockin’ show and includes a little rock ‘n’ roll from an indie band called The Tarp Kickers.
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Enjoy the show and then join the conversation. We’re listening.
The Tarp Kickers
KLĒN + SŌBR podcast
Tammi S - My Life Is A Work In Progress
NAADAC in Minneapolis “Embrace Today, Empower Tomorrow.”
Phil Zuckerman, PhD in Psychology Today: Why Americans Hate Atheists