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 Old Big Book

My Old Big Book

It’s the day after my 31st sobriety anniversary, and feeling somewhat sentimental, I pull my old Big Book down from the shelf where it’s remained unread for years. It’s a third edition, paperback, dark blue with the words “Alcoholics Anonymous” discretely embedded in the cover…

Episode 113: An AA Beyond Belief Update

Episode 113: An AA Beyond Belief Update

In this episode, I talk about my experience at AA Beyond Belief, both the podcast and website. I discuss the challenges and rewards that come from doing this work, and what you can do to get involved to help…

About Sponsorship in AA

About Sponsorship in AA

As a newcomer, I felt as if I was under constant pressure to get a sponsor. During meetings people often shared tidbits of wisdom bestowed upon them from their sponsors. Some claimed you couldn’t work the program without one, while others described drill sergeant sponsors who straightened them out about one thing or another. Listening to this, I would…

WACYPAA XXII Secular AA Members Panel

WACYPAA XXII Secular AA Members Panel

This is a recording of a panel discussion conducted at the Western Area Conference of Young People in AA held from January 3-6, 2019. The recording was provided courtesy of Angela B. from the Atheists, Agnostics, and All Others group in Boise, Idaho…

John S. On The Sober Speak Podcast: AA Beyond Belief Atheism in Alcoholics Anonymous

John S. On The Sober Speak Podcast: AA Beyond Belief Atheism in Alcoholics Anonymous

It was a privilege and honor to appear on John M.’s wonderful podcast, Sober Speak. John is from the Dallas, Texas area and started his podcast out of a love for the stories he hears in AA. The format of his episodes are similar to what we do at AA Beyond Belief. His guest will share their recovery story…

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 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…