John S

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John S. lives in Kansas City, Missouri with his wife Susan, two cats, Phoebe and Luna, and a very sweet Wheaten Terrier, Gabby. John has been sober since July 20, 1988 and his home group is the We Agnostics Group which has been meeting since August 2014. John feels it’s important for secular people to become involved with the General Service structure of AA and to work for change from within the fellowship.

My Simple and Secular AA Program

My Simple and Secular AA Program

A few years ago, after concluding that I’m an atheist, I started to think about my experience in Alcoholics Anonymous and how I would approach the program going forward. Line by line, I went through the Big Book with a black magic marker, redacting all references to a god or other supernatural phenomena. As I did this, I realized…

AA Beyond Belief at ICSAA

AA Beyond Belief at ICSAA

In a few days, our Chief Editor Doris A. and I will be in Toronto representing AA Beyond Belief at the International Conference of Secular AA. We will have a table at the conference and we’re both looking forward to meeting and talking with those of you who are able to attend. If you make it to Toronto, we…

Episode 99: Sugar and Food Addiction with Dr. Vera Tarman

Episode 99: Sugar and Food Addiction with Dr. Vera Tarman

Dr. Vera Tarman has been working in the field of addiction medicine since 1994 and has been the Medical Director of Renascent, a treatment center in Toronto since 2006. She is a regular contributor to the call-in TV show, Living Clean, Living Well, and was co-host on Addictions Unplugged, a community call-in show about addictions. Although she…

Secular AA at the 2020 International AA Convention in Detroit

Secular AA at the 2020 International AA Convention in Detroit

AA members from around the world will gather in Detroit, Michigan from July 2nd through July 5th 2020 to celebrate the 85th anniversary of Alcoholics Anonymous. The International AA Convention has been held every five years since 1945. The last convention in 2015 was held in Atlanta Georgia and attended by approximately 57,000 people, including agnostics, atheists and freethinkers…

Secular AA Meetings Online

Secular AA Meetings Online

Online AA meetings are a great option for those who are not able to attend a face-to-face meeting, or who enjoy the convenience of logging into a meeting from the comfort of their home. These meetings are particularly helpful to those of us who prefer a secular format—an AA meeting without group prayers and that welcomes an…

Atheists and Agnostics Panel At The Northeast Regional AA Service Assembly

Atheists and Agnostics Panel At The Northeast Regional AA Service Assembly

Transcript 00:00 Speaker 1: So, our panel for… Our timer for this panel. Yes, our panel for this timer… Our timer for this panel is Scott, sitting to my left. He will be timing all of the presenters and those at the microphones. Each presenter has 10 minutes. Scott will begin timing after the presenters…

AA Grapevine Poll: Which is your preferred ending to a meeting?

AA Grapevine Poll: Which is your preferred ending to a meeting?

Should AA meetings close with the Lord’s Prayer or the Responsibility Declaration? Cast your vote today at the AA Grapevine’s online poll…

Join the AA Beyond Belief Facebook Group

Join the AA Beyond Belief Facebook Group

AA Beyond Belief has a secret Facebook group made up of AA members from around the world who appreciate a secular experience in Alcoholics Anonymous. The Facebook group is a nice way to connect with like-minded people and to share experience, strength and hope as an agnostic, atheist or freethinker in AA—and to do so with complete acceptance…

Thinking About Austin

Thinking About Austin

I woke up early on the morning of November the 10th to pick up D, my truck driver friend from Virginia, so we could begin the journey to Austin. D is an over the road trucker whose trucking company has a base in Shawnee, Kansas and he frequently attends meetings at my home group, We Agnostics Kansas City…

Our Grapevine

Our Grapevine

The widely anticipated October issue of the AA Grapevine, featuring a special section devoted to stories by agnostics and atheists in AA, has been published and delivered to mailboxes around the world. I received my copy, and I was very pleased with the stories chosen for publication. I feel the authors did a great job capturing the essence of agnostic…