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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
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.
NEW TO THIS MEETING
If you are new to this meeting
we would like to get to know you.
- Anyone in their first 30 days of sobriety?
- Anyone from outside the area or
at this meeting for the first time?
AROUND THE ROOM
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.
TIME HAS RUN OUT: SEVENTH TRADITION
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
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.”
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