True Salvation

True Salvation

At my first AA meeting 16 years ago, a priest slapped the podium and bellowed a question.

“HOW LOVABLE WERE YOU WHEN YOU CAME TO AA…

This Ungodly Hour Celebrates Two Years

This Ungodly Hour Celebrates Two Years

The This Ungodly Hour Group is celebrating it’s second anniversary on Friday, January 29th at 11:00 pm. There will be late-night refreshments and fellowship, plus an AA meeting. You can find This Ungodly Hour in Brooklyn at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in the Rectory Basement…

The Washingtonian Society

The Washingtonian Society

“Jack Alexander, Saturday Evening Post, was also one of the friends to whom Bill sent material. Of the Twelve Tradition essays, Alexander has this to say: ‘The only serious (in my view) defect is that you have treated the old Washingtonian Society too briefly; most people never heard of it…

The Fraud That Is AA Fundamentalism

The Fraud That Is AA Fundamentalism

It may be that Alcoholics Anonymous has never been more polarized than it is in the mid-teens of the new millennium. A consolation is that there was another time of great divisiveness. As the book was being written and discussed in late 1938, there was “strong but warm-hearted…

For All of Us

For All of Us

Normally it doesn’t bother me when something is read from our literature with which I disagree, but this really got my goat! If I was the newcomer in the room, and this was my first meeting, what I would hear would be ,”You have to work the steps” period…

To Know the Difference

To Know the Difference

In June of 1995, I left the court-ordered residential treatment center which had been my home for the past five months. I was sent there after causing a car wreck and being convicted of felony Intoxication Assault. While there I faced my step one powerlessness, immersed myself in the…

Out of the Closet

Out of the Closet

It’s 8:35 p.m. on Saturday and the speaker has just suggested the topic “How God works in your life.” I settle back in my seat, preparing myself to be open to receiving the message of recovery. I’ve become very good at listening and finding a message…

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…

AA Grapevine: Who’s Sitting Next to You?

AA Grapevine: Who’s Sitting Next to You?

I know who you are. You are “X” who attends the “ABC Meeting” at the “XYZ Club” where AAs meet in Anywhere, U.S.A…

How Do I Feel?

How Do I Feel?

When I went to rehab in 2010 it didn’t feel like I walked through the doors at the main entrance. It felt like I crawled under those doors.I didn’t know what I was doing there. I didn’t know what had happened. But I knew I had…