Episode 36: Jeb B., Freethinkers in AA Denver and the Process of Recovery

Episode 36: Jeb B., Freethinkers in AA Denver and the Process of Recovery

Jeb B. is a founding member of the Freethinkers in AA Group in Denver, Colorado. The group meets Monday nights from 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm, and Saturday…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Episode 25: Changes to the Big Book an Interview with Jerry F.

Episode 25: Changes to the Big Book an Interview with Jerry F.

This November at WAAFT IAAC, Jerry F. from Gilbert, Arizona will give a presentation about ongoing changes that have been made to the Big Book, and how he was able…

Rebellion Dogs Radio: Identity, Beliefs and Worldview | Dianne and Pam from WAAFT IAAC

Rebellion Dogs Radio: Identity, Beliefs and Worldview | Dianne and Pam from WAAFT IAAC

In this episode of Rebellion Dogs Radio, Joe C. takes a look at identity issues for people in recovery, and chats with Pam W. and Dianne P. about the upcoming…

Episode 24: Not Alone Anymore

Episode 24: Not Alone Anymore

June of 1989 was my original sobriety date. I was what is described in our literature as a classic “two-stepper.” You could have never convinced me I would ever…

Episode 23: Step Five and Sponsorship

Episode 23: Step Five and Sponsorship

I was transformed by the Twelve Steps, but there wasn’t anything supernatural or magical about it. The change I experienced was the result of what I learned from the…

Episode 21: Roger C. and AA Agnostica

Episode 21: Roger C. and AA Agnostica

After Roger’s first year in AA, he learned that his home group “Beyond Belief”, had been disenfranchised by the Greater Toronto Area Intergroup. Without warning, their group’s web…

Episode 20: Vic L. and Secular AA

Episode 20: Vic L. and Secular AA

My name is Vic L. and I am definitely an alcoholic. I first went to AA on February 11, 1979 when I was 35 years old. I do not distinguish…

Episode 19: Step Four: A Searching and Fearless Moral Inventory

Episode 19: Step Four: A Searching and Fearless Moral Inventory

Over the years, I’ve frequently heard in meetings that there’s a reason the steps were written in order. The implication being, that to do them correctly, one must…

Episode 18: Mike M Sobriety and Serenity without God

Episode 18: Mike M Sobriety and Serenity without God

Mike started drinking early in life, and by the age of 18 he had already been to jail and treatment. He loved alcohol and he drank for the effect, but…

Episode 17: We Agnostics, Atheists and Freethinkers International AA Convention

Episode 17: We Agnostics, Atheists and Freethinkers International AA Convention

It was very nice to sit down and visit Dianne P., who is the Chair of the We Agnostics, Atheists and Freethinkers International AA Convention that will be taking place…

Episode 16: Spiritual John

Episode 16: Spiritual John

When John H. attended his first A.A. meeting in 1957, he was the youngest person in the room, and the speaker that night was a man in a suit…

Episode 15: Step Three with Benn and John

Episode 15: Step Three with Benn and John

At first glance, this step may seem impossible for a nonbeliever. God and the capital “H” in “Him”, make it pretty clear that we will be dealing with the supernatural…

Episode 13: Steps One and Two with Benn B.

Episode 13: Steps One and Two with Benn B.

In this episode of AA Beyond Belief-The Podcast, we explore the first two steps in AA’s program of recovery. Benn B. from Lincoln, Nebraska joins us for an…

Episode 12: Four Elements

Episode 12: Four Elements

Jerry V adapts the “Four Elements of Wretched Old Age” from the Opera L’incoronazione di Popea to his own recovery. The Four Elements of Drunkeness and the Four Elements…

Episode 11: Bob K on Rebellion Dogs Radio

Episode 11: Bob K on Rebellion Dogs Radio

This podcast was produced by Joe C from Rebellion Dogs Radio and we are honored to republish it here on this site. In this episode of Rebellion Dogs Radio, Joe…

Episode 9: Talking SMART with Steve Bergier

Episode 9: Talking SMART with Steve Bergier

Steve Bergier, a certified SMART Recovery Facilitator in Orange County, California was kind enough to not only submit a story to AA Beyond Belief, but also to spend his Sunday…

Episode 8: A Talk with Holly

Episode 8: A Talk with Holly

Perhaps our greatest asset for helping others is our past, our stories of recovery, and in this episode Holly D. from Orlando, Florida shares her story with us. Like many…

Episode 7: Westin from Indianapolis Talks Recovery

Episode 7: Westin from Indianapolis Talks Recovery

In this episode we meet Westin W. from Indianapolis, who shares his experience, strength and hope as an atheist in Alcoholics Anonymous. As his drinking and life became increasingly unmanageable…

Episode 6: Podcast Interview with Jon Stewart | Leaving AA and Staying Sober

Episode 6: Podcast Interview with Jon Stewart | Leaving AA and Staying Sober

Jon Stewart from Brighton, England was kind enough to join me for a conversation which I found immensely interesting, and I hope you do as well. Unlike guests from past…

Episode 5: A Conversation with Mikey J from Our Mostly Agnostic Group of Drunks

Episode 5: A Conversation with Mikey J from Our Mostly Agnostic Group of Drunks

What a pleasure it was to spend a Sunday morning speaking with Mikey J. from Orlando, Florida. Mikey is a founding member of Our Mostly Agnostic Group of Drunks (OMAGOD…

Episode 4: A Conversation with Thomas B.

Episode 4: A Conversation with Thomas B.

In Episode Four of AA Beyond Belief-The Podcast, we will speak with Thomas B. from Seaside Oregon. We’ll talk about his experience getting sober in New York during…

Episode 3: Myth of the Angry Atheist

Episode 3: Myth of the Angry Atheist

In episode three, I interview John H. from the We Agnostics AA Group in Washington DC. We talk about his story, the beginnings of the DC We Agnostics Group, his…

Episode 2: A Conversation with Kevin P. | Freethinkers in AA Kansas City

Episode 2: A Conversation with Kevin P. | Freethinkers in AA Kansas City

Many years ago, maybe twenty or more, I would occasionally attend a speaker meeting on Friday nights and at those meetings I would see Kevin P. I never got to…

Episode 1: Arizona WAAFT AA Conference

Episode 1: Arizona WAAFT AA Conference

On this week’s podcast, we speak with Jerry F. from Phoenix, Arizona about the upcoming regional conference for agnostic, atheist and freethinking AA members in Arizona. The conference to…

AA Beyond Belief Podcast: An Introduction

AA Beyond Belief Podcast: An Introduction

In this episode we take a look back at the great work of Roger C. at AA Agnostica and talk about the future of AA Beyond Belief…