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.

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…

Why You Must Go to Austin

Why You Must Go to Austin

If you attended the first We Agnostics, Atheists and Freethinkers International AA Convention in 2014, then you are one of some three hundred people who experienced a very special and unique event. I would even say it was an historic event…

Step One

Step One

I opened the door and walked into the room, the first to arrive. Across from me, displayed on the wall were the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. As I read that first step, it got my attention. It was the perfect description of my situation and my life at that moment, and honestly just reading the words filled me with…

Saying Goodbye to My Home Group

Saying Goodbye to My Home Group

I sometimes write just to let out whatever emotion is tying me up in inside, and when I do this, I don’t plan or think too much about the words I choose, I just let it out. I’ve been doing this for most my life, probably for as long as I could write. My mind is a confused…