The articles contained in this section involve a discussion of the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Inclusiveness Can be a Matter of Life and Death

Inclusiveness Can be a Matter of Life and Death

I got a reputation as the rebellious atheist type at my AA home group, even though I never spoke against religion or the Judeo-Christian concept of God or identified myself as an atheist, and had, in fact, encouraged Christian sponsees to practice their faith…

Chatting with Believers and Traditionalists in AA

Chatting with Believers and Traditionalists in AA

My conversations with people about “the God thing” in AA are usually kicked off by my non-recitation of the Lord’s Prayer after meetings. I try to be obvious about it. I don’t discretely bow my head to examine the flooring tiles, but instead look around the room…

Fix Broken Self-esteem with Ego Deflation? Huh?

Fix Broken Self-esteem with Ego Deflation? Huh?

I was lucky to be able to attend the 3rd ICSAA convention, and one workshop in particular stood out. Halfway through it I broke down sobbing. That’s how close to home it struck. It was called, “Reframing the steps for people on the flip-side of Bill’s controlling…

AA and the Art of Automobile Maintenance

AA and the Art of Automobile Maintenance

It has probably happened to most of us during the times when we hadn’t put our lives back together yet, or back in our drinking days, that we’d be nursing an old vehicle along and there would be days we’d say, “Dear god, please let it start…

As Bill Also Sees It

As Bill Also Sees It

A few of Bill’s thoughts on inclusiveness and widening the gateway. All AA approved…

Parallels Between Under-served Populations in Alcoholics Anonymous and Secular AA Groups

Parallels Between Under-served Populations in Alcoholics Anonymous and Secular AA Groups

Based on a talk given at the 2018 International Conference of Secular A.A. in Toronto, Ontario by Jackie B. (San Francisco, CA…

AA Literature: Revise? Reject? Replace?

AA Literature: Revise? Reject? Replace?

What approach should we take to AA literature?  This depends on whether we freethinkers (my preferred word) should be content to make a safe place for ourselves in AA — or should try to reform AA — or should split from AA.  I personally feel we should stay in AA, claim our…

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…

Doomed to Repeat: 65 Years Later, AA Still Hostile to Nonconforming Fellows

Doomed to Repeat: 65 Years Later, AA Still Hostile to Nonconforming Fellows

When talking with somebody about the inclusivity in AA have you ever thought of bringing Bill W. into the conversation…

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…