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Episode 146: Starting a Secular AA Meeting Live Stream

Episode 146: Starting a Secular AA Meeting Live Stream

John talks about starting a secular AA meeting from his own experience as well as what he has learned from others. After defining what makes an AA meeting “secular”, he talks about why you might want to start a meeting, and how to go about finding a meeting place and getting the group registered with GSO…

Episode 145: Joe K. from The Only Requirement Group

Episode 145: Joe K. from The Only Requirement Group

In this episode Joe K. from The Only Requirement Group in Chatham, New Jersey shares his story of recovery as an atheist in Alcoholics Anonymous, and his experience with helping start a secular AA meeting…

Episode 144: Bill H.

Episode 144: Bill H.

Bill H. has been sober in Alcoholics Anonymous for 52 years and he was our featured speaker on December 1, 2018. Bill talks about his early days getting sober in AA in the late 60’s and early 70’s, his days on the AA speaker circuit and how he approaches recovery today…

Episode 143: Step 10 with Angela and John

Episode 143: Step 10 with Angela and John

Angela and John discuss Step 10: Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it. A step that many see as an effort to continue keeping our side of the street clean, but it can also be looked at as striving to live at our full potential. At other times this step is best expressed by…

Episode 142: Emotional Sobriety, the Next Frontier

Episode 142: Emotional Sobriety, the Next Frontier

Archer Voxx,  author of The Five Keys: 12 Step Recovery Without A God, and Alcoholics Anonymous Universal Edition spoke on the topic of emotional sobriety at the 2018 International Conference of Secular AA in Toronto, Ontario. Archer describes emotional sobriety having an awareness of the negative impact that unhealthy dependencies on people, places, and things can have on our emotional…

Episode 141: Toward a Secular Recovery

Episode 141: Toward a Secular Recovery

In this episode, John H. from the DC We Agnostics Group talks about his secular recovery as described in a series of articles that he authored and posted at atheisticaa.com. The series entitled Toward a Secular Recovery features five articles: Making a Decision, Meetings, Sharing,  Abstinence, and Helping Others…

Episode 140: AA Beyond Belief Live Call In Show. We’ll do it live!

Episode 140: AA Beyond Belief Live Call In Show. We’ll do it live!

On Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at 7:00 pm Central Time, the AA Beyond Belief Podcast will be posted as a live stream on our YouTube Channel, our public Facebook page, and our Private Facebook group. This will be a live call-in show where you can participate by calling in to our toll-free number 844-899-8278…

Episode 139: Steps 8 and 9

Episode 139: Steps 8 and 9

In this episode, Angela and John take a look at the amends steps, 8 and 9. John talks about his experience with direct and indirect amends, and explains why in some situations he felt that indirect or “living amends” were the better choice. Angela describes the process she used as she learned it from the book, The Alternative 12 Steps…

Episode 138: Christmas at the Paseo Group

Episode 138: Christmas at the Paseo Group

A few days before Christmas, I spoke at the Paseo Group’s Alkathon in Kansas City, Missouri. I wasn’t terribly prepared for my talk, but I arrived about half an hour early which gave me time to jot down a few ideas on a napkin. Using the napkin as a guide, I talked about the language of recovery, the…

Episode 137: Secular Al-Anon Boise

Episode 137: Secular Al-Anon Boise

In this episode, you will meet Kim L., who helped start a secular Al-Anon meeting in Boise, Idaho. While Kim isn’t entirely uncomfortable at traditional Al-Anon meetings, she was motivated to start a secular meeting because she knows of people who wouldn’t avail themselves to the help they can find in Al-Anon because of their…