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Ward Ewing Key Note at the First International Secular AA Conference

Ward Ewing Key Note at the First International Secular AA Conference

Reverend Ward Ewing Chair Emeritus of the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous spoke at the first International Conference of Secular AA, which in November 2014 was known as We Agnostics and Freethinkers International AA Convention. Today we are posting the recording of his talk and the written transcript…

The “God” Word

The “God” Word

The 2018 General Service Conference of Alcoholics Anonymous voted to adopt the British conference-approved pamphlet, “The ‘God’ Word: Agnostics and Atheists in AA” and once it is translated into Spanish and French, “La Palabra de ‘Dios’: agnósticos y ateos en Alcohólicos Anónimos” and “Le mot de…

Addiction and Yoga

Addiction and Yoga

My wife and I did our first date at a yoga class. It was a great idea I guess because we eventually got married. Doing a class five minutes after we met was a wonderful way to meet. We did not have to rely on each others, “verbal interface.” We…

To Thine Own Self Be True

To Thine Own Self Be True

This is my favorite slogan in AA. It barely gets mentioned in the meetings I attend, but it’s on every coin I receive for another milestone of sobriety of AA. It’s a quote by William Shakespeare from “Hamlet.” I find this quote beautiful and a very accurate description…

What Keeps Us Sober? Building Our Recovery Capital As We Trudge Our Many Pathways Of Happy Destiny

What Keeps Us Sober? Building Our Recovery Capital As We Trudge Our Many Pathways Of Happy Destiny

This is a recording of Ray B.’s opening talk at the Widening the Gateway Secular AA Conference held in Tacoma, Washington on March 31, 2018 followed with a written transcript. Ray is a MD specializing in Addiction Medicine and a recovering alcoholic. [background conversation] 0:00:02 Announcer…

Selling AA – Early Publicity

Selling AA – Early Publicity

Dreams of alcoholic hospitals, a book, and paid missionaries were perhaps, simultaneously grand and grandiose. These schemes would require money, and lots of it. “If a world-wide movement was going to take millions of dollars to launch, no problem: they’d raise millions…

One Agnostic’s Use of the Steps

One Agnostic’s Use of the Steps

Although I work with my share of agnostics and atheists, I use and adapt the original steps, introducing variations when needed. I suggest to step partners that they read about each step in the Big Book and 12 & 12. When we arrive at a step containing religious/spiritual content, I…

Surrender, Vulnerability and Connection

Surrender, Vulnerability and Connection

…..at this moment we experience an acceptance that we lack control and that our life is unmanageable. Our ego surrenders its will through the pain and suffering of addiction. Our denial is broken and we experience a deep self-honesty and humility. We finally admit our human limitation and that…

A Journey from Traditional to Secular AA

A Journey from Traditional to Secular AA

In the early 1970s, I was married, living in Michigan, and pregnant. I had a secret, I was gay. I couldn’t sleep because I didn’t know what to do. My obstetrician prescribed one to two drinks before bedtime. So this began my process of using alcohol to cope…

The Second Biennial Arizona Secular AA Conference

The Second Biennial Arizona Secular AA Conference

The conference was held on December 9, 2017 in Tempe Arizona. Preparations began in August when a committee of volunteers drawn from several secular AA groups in and around Phoenix began a series of planning sessions…