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Stony Plain Beyond Belief Group History

February 14,2017

By Neil F.  Stony Plain, Alberta’s Beyond Belief Group and its 9AM Saturday Meeting originated in October 2013 when Dan L., Neil F. and Corinne L. brainstormed at her house a way to create an inclusive secular AA group that did not try to convert or de-convert anyone and allowed for any individual beliefs or non-beliefs.  We also wanted to create a meeting where we were free of religious pressure and AA dogma. To be noncontroversial and to avoid the problems Toronto’s secular groups encountered in being de-listed by the Toronto Intergroup, we choose to eliminate reading any form of the 12 steps or traditions and to place conference approved books on the table we sit around along with a variety of secular recovery books. [….]


Evolution of Portland Oregon’s Beyond Belief Group

Jun 27, 2015

By Thomas B. On Sunday, November 30th, 2014, the Beyond Belief AA Group of Portland, Oregon celebrated its first year anniversary. As one of the founders of the group, I am humbly grateful to have been able to evolve with our group members and the support of our District and Assembly trusted servants a viable […]


History of the Washington DC We Agnostics AA Group

Jun 27, 2015

By John H. The Washington D.C. Group of “We Agnostics” was founded by Tom J. and Maxine B. (both deceased) and the first meeting took place in mid-September 1988 on either Sunday, September 11 or Sunday, September 18 of that year. Tom had attended a “We Agnostics” type meeting (called “Atheists and Agnostics,” I believe) […]


History of the We Agnostics Group in Columbus Ohio

Jun 27, 2015

By Ed S. I haveHistory of the We Agnostics Group in Columbus Ohio been an Atheist for 50 years and sober for 30 years. When I attended AA meetings I initially did what everybody else did because I wanted to fit in. I said the Serenity prayer at the beginning of meetings and the Our Father (Matthew 6:9-15) at the end of meetings. […]


History of the We Agnostics Meeting in Stuart – Florida

by…Susan  G.    I had been attending AA in Florida since the late 1990s and was frustrated with the religiosity of the meetings, first in the Orlando area and then in Stuart. Of course, I sought out other members who shared my agnosticism/atheism. I knew just a few, but I also suspected that there were more who were just too intimidated to reveal their beliefs. For many years I tried very hard to “take what you need and leave the rest.” I used all sorts of mind games to avoid being turned off by the Christian dogma espoused by so many, for instance, substituting “love” for “god” in the literature or when others were sharing, trying to concentrate on just the steps that didn’t mention god, trying the “fake it until you make it” approach. Truthfully, those approaches sapped my energy and made me feel really hypocritical ..[…]

QUAD A HISTORY

From The Chicago Tribune February 22, 1995
By Lawrence Rand. Special to the Tribune.

Quad A Chicago is AA for Atheists and Agnostics. It is a an AA group with a specific focus for humanists and those people with a secular point of view. We are an active member of Chicago AA, support the Chicago Area Service Office, and the General Service Office as well. We invite any person with a desire to stop drinking, whatever their religious or spiritual views, to attend our meetings.

 A Different Road:
Quad A Offers Help To Alcoholics Who Don`t Buy Into God

Six o’clock Saturday night and the drunks are having a party. This is news?

It is when the party is in Chicago’s Second Unitarian Church on Barry Street. The drunks are sober, and
the party is to commemorate the 20th anniversary of a controversial 12-step recovery group-Alcoholics
Anonymous (AA) for Atheists and Agnostics, known in AA circles as Quad A (AAAA).

“Some friends of mine here are shocked that some of us agnostics and atheists have been working a
program for 20 years that they think is dependent on God,” says the founder of Quad A, Don W., a
wizened 67-year-old Unitarian with a cigar in one hand and coffee cup in the other. “Tonight they said to
me, `This isn’t AA,’ but it actually is. The first two As, for Alcoholics Anonymous, are far more important
than the last two in AAAA, because a 12-step program will work for anybody who works it, regardless of
religious belief, understanding, or refusal to understand.”Everybody who works a program works a different program, so it’s really not a case of Quad A versus
`the rest of AA.’ There is resistance to us-somebody back in ’79 didn’t want to insert the explanation of
AAAA in the Chicagoland meeting directory, for example-but some of the very first people in AA were
agnostics.” {….}