Episode 35: Coffee with Cope

Episode 35: Coffee with Cope

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure to start my day with a cup of coffee and a chat with an AA friend, Cope C. from the Many Paths group in Urbana, Illinois. Cope does a lot of work here at AA Beyond Belief, helping with design and many of…

Episode 34: Ed W. Talking WAAFT

Episode 34: Ed W. Talking WAAFT

Ed grew up in New York in a typical New York family with the typical New York dysfunction. As a teenager, he somehow avoided the rite of passage of getting drunk at keggers in the park, and it wasn’t until after he had been in college for six months…

Episode 33: Steps 8 and 9 with Benn and John

Episode 33: Steps 8 and 9 with Benn and John

There were exactly three occasions when I saw my father cry; the night he learned that his grandmother died, the night his wife (my mother) died, and the day I told him that I was an alcoholic. I was in my 20’s and living on my own, and though…

Episode 32: Mark C: Recovery, Holy Wars and Doubling Down on Honesty and Tolerance

Episode 32: Mark C: Recovery, Holy Wars and Doubling Down on Honesty and Tolerance

Last week we published Mark C.’s story in which he described from his own experience, the insidious progression of alcoholism and the challenge he faced as an atheist in AA. Today, we are posting a podcast that goes into more detail with what Mark describes as a “holy war…

Episode 31: On the Road to Austin with Pat N.

Episode 31: On the Road to Austin with Pat N.

Pat N. will be a keynote speaker at the We Agnostics, Atheists and Freethinkers International AA Convention that will be held in Austin, Texas from November 11th through the 13th of this year. He was kind enough to visit with me for a podcast to share a little of his…

Episode 30: AA Freethinkers Secular Recovery in Japan | A Talk with Chris R.

Episode 30: AA Freethinkers Secular Recovery in Japan | A Talk with Chris R.

Chris grew up the son of an Anglican priest in a city in Saskatchewan originally founded as a temperance colony. When he started drinking as a teenager, there were a lot of legal restrictions with respect to alcohol—a legacy of the city’s founding. In 1985, when he went…

Episode 29: Erica K. Fitting in with Traditional AA

Episode 29: Erica K. Fitting in with Traditional AA

I met Erica in March of 2015 when she came to a meeting at my home group, We Agnostics. Her confidence was shaken, her sobriety was fragile, and she was facing a life or death situation. She needed to stop drinking, and having experienced past success in AA, she felt…

Episode 28: Roger C. Speaking at Kansas City Secular AA Celebration

Episode 28: Roger C. Speaking at Kansas City Secular AA Celebration

Roger C. from the We Agnostics group in Hamilton, Ontario gave a talk in Kansas City, Missouri on August 6, 2016 to commemorate the anniversaries of two secular AA groups. Freethinkers in AA celebrated their first anniversary, and We Agnostics celebrated their second anniversary…

Episode 27: Steps 6 and 7 with Benn and John

Episode 27: Steps 6 and 7 with Benn and John

A few days ago, Benn and I recorded this podcast on Steps Six and Seven. We never know where these conversations will lead, and we are often surprised at the interesting twists and turns we take as we talk about the Steps. I always learn something from Benn, and our…

Episode 26: John C. An Atheist AA in Paris

Episode 26: John C. An Atheist AA in Paris

John C. grew up in Amarillo, Texas where he says, “God was good, and if you’re going to be good, you’re going to follow God, and the people who love God are the really good people”. Today, John resides in “la ville lumière”, the city of enlightenment…