Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Sunday Night Culver City AA Meeting Protocol

We Agnostics Meeting Format
(Sunday Night Culver City)

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Good evening everyone.  Welcome to the 
[Sunday Night We Agnostics] group of 
Alcoholics Anonymous.

My name is ___________ and I am 
(an alcoholic.)  Are there any other
 alcoholics here tonight?

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women
 who share their experience, strength and hope with
 each other that they may solve their common problem
 and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only
 requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. 

There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are 
self-supporting through our own contributions.
 AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics,
 organization or institution; does not wish to engage
 in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes 
any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober
 and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

If you are new to this meeting 
we would like to get to know you. 
Is there:
- Anyone in their first 30 days of sobriety?
- Anyone from outside the area or 
at this meeting for the first time?

We will now go around the room and introduce ourselves
starting at my right.

The We Agnostics Group maintains a tradition of free expression.
 We neither oppose any religion nor endorse it. 
  We neither endorse atheism nor oppose it. 
 Our only wish is to assure you that anyone may achieve recovery
 in AA without having to accept anyone else's beliefs 
or deny their own.

At the end of the meeting we will have a 
moment of silence, 
and on the count of three, repeat the AA responsibility pledge.

It is a custom in this meeting to read Appendix Two of the Big Book
 of Alcoholics Anonymous.  This week, I have asked 
   ___(NAME)__   to read it. 

[Appendix II is clipped at bottom]


Are there any AA birthdays this week?

Leader shares for ten minutes.

I May call on those who raise
 their hands or those who don't. 

 No cross talk, and please limit 
your share to 5 minutes.

Our time has run out.
We will now observe our 7 th  tradition.
 There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership.
 Please remain seated while we pass the basket.

Are there any A.A. related announcements?

 When Anyone, Anywhere Reaches Out For Help, 
I Want The Hand Of A.A.. Always To Be There.
 And For That, I am responsible.



The terms “spiritual experience” 
and “spiritual awakening” 
are used many times in this book which, 
upon careful reading, shows that the personality
 change sufficient to bring about recovery
 from alcoholism has manifested itself among 
us in many different forms.

Yet it is true that our first printing gave
 many readers the impression that these 
personality changes, or religious experiences,
 must be in the nature of sudden and
spectacular upheavals. 
Happily for everyone, this conclusion is erroneous.

In the first few chapters a number of 
sudden revolutionary changes are described. 
Though it was not our intention to create such 
an impression, many alcoholics have nevertheless 
concluded that in order to recover they must
 acquire an immediate and overwhelming
 “God-consciousness” followed at once
 by a vast change in feeling and outlook.

Among our rapidly growing membership of thousands 
of alcoholics such transformations, though frequent,
 are by no means the rule. 
Most of our experiences are what the psychologist
 William James calls the “educational variety” 
because they develop slowly over a period of time.
 Quite often friends of the newcomer are aware 
of the difference long before he is himself. 
He finally realizes that he has undergone a 
profound alteration in his reaction to life;
 that such a change could hardly have been brought 
about by himself alone. What often takes place 
in a few months could seldom have been accomplished
 by years of self-discipline. With few exceptions
 our members find that they have tapped
 an unsuspected inner resource which they 
presently identify with their own conception 
of a Power greater than themselves.

Most of us think this awareness of a Power
 greater than ourselves is the essence of 
spiritual experience. Our more religious
 members call it “God-consciousness.”

Most emphatically we wish to say that
 any alcoholic capable of honestly facing
 his problems in the light of our 
experience can recover, provided he
 does not close his mind to all 
spiritual concepts. He can only be defeated
 by an attitude of intolerance or belligerent denial.

We find that no one need have difficulty
 with the spirituality of the program. 
Willingness, honesty and open mindedness
 are the essentials of recovery.
 But these are indispensable.

“There is a principle which is a bar
 against all information, which is proof against
 all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man
 in everlasting ignorance—
that principle is contempt prior to investigation.”

—Herbert Spencer

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