John Huey

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John H. is one of the founding members of the We Agnostics group in Washington, DC that has been meeting continuously for over 27 years.

After a career of worldwide travels that involved stints residing overseas John now lives with his wife in Bethesda, MD.

Other articles by John H:

History of the DC We Agnostics AA Group, WAAFT Central, June 27 2015

Back to Basics and Other Threats to AA, AA Agnostica, May 17, 2015

The Importance of Diversity, AA Agnosticsa April 5, 2015

Coming out as an Atheist in Conventional AA, AA Agnostica, March 1 2015

A Journal of the Plague Year

A Journal of the Plague Year

I take the title of this essay from the 1722 English work of Daniel Defoe which is a fictionalized account of the last great Bubonic Plague outbreak in London of 1665. I am writing this piece in September of 2020 when the entire world is in the midst of its own “Great Plague” caused by the COVID 19 pandemic and…

Response to the London Islington Agnostic Atheist Freethinkers Group

Response to the London Islington Agnostic Atheist Freethinkers Group

John Huey responds to a letter from the London Islignton Agnostic, Atheist, Freethinkers group about “The God Word” pamphlet…

The “God” Word Delusion

The “God” Word Delusion

Delusion can come in many forms. It can be based on the mostly harmless false hope and wishful thinking of a child-like desire to prove that somethings not true when it obviously is, the more serious self-deceptions of the active alcoholic whose lack of boundaries and self-assessment lead to further self-destruction or, in the truly terrifying…

One Big Hoax

One Big Hoax

This was quite an onerous task that took some time to complete and it is, given how bad a book this is, something I would not have taken on had the errors and misrepresentations embodied in this work been of less consequence…

Helping Others

Helping Others

Sometimes, when people fully make contact, they look each other in the eye and see things finally falling into place…

The Importance of Abstinence to a Secular Recovery

The Importance of Abstinence to a Secular Recovery

Personally, as regards my own sobriety, I have always lived with my primary purpose first and foremost in mind. Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens regarding that primary purpose without complete and total abstinence from alcohol and non-medically necessary and prescribed drugs…

Sharing – Reality Based Alchemy

Sharing – Reality Based Alchemy

Just taking the first free breath at a recovery meeting can be liberating. A second breath, at a Secular Recovery meeting, often involves an exhalation of words and phrases where both thought and expression is freed from any intimations of the divine and the implied restrictions, often encountered elsewhere, of someone else’s arbitrary list of “things to do” that…

Meetings

Meetings

My earliest experiences in recovery started the same way that most of these journeys begin, at a meeting.

Going down a short flight of stairs into a very large church basement with smoke thickened air (it was, after all, early 1987 when there were still smoke-filled rooms) and seeing an old DC drinking buddy at the bottom of those…

The Secular Alcoholic and The Moment of Decision

The Secular Alcoholic and The Moment of Decision

In Secular Recovery it can become possible, while never completely losing sight of it, to relegate our primary purpose to a secondary position while debating the future of the organization…

Widening the Gateway Regional Conference

Widening the Gateway Regional Conference

I was most pleased that my schedule and some professional matters came together in a way that allowed me to attend the Widening the Gateway regional conference for secular AA members in Olympia WA on January 16. There were 70 very engaged members of the fellowship there which was more than double the 30 members the organizers had originally anticipated…