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Freethinkers in AA since October 2013!
OPEN MEETINGS of Alcoholics Anonymous are for those seeking help with their own problems with alcohol, as well as supporters and others interested in how our program works.
– To thine own self be true in recovery. –
FREETHINKERS IN AA, Denver, Colorado, is a Registered Group of Alcoholics Anonymous with A. A. World Services.
Freethinkers in AA
THE SECULAR HUB
3100 Downing St.
Denver, CO 80205
Monday 6:30-7:45 p.m.
Saturday 9:30-10:45 a.m.
[Lot across ally behind the Hub off 31st & street parking.]
Contact: Jeb at firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to our site for information about secular, non-religious meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous in Colorado. We have become able to do, feel and believe that which we could not on our unaided strength and resources alone. We have found what we needed in fellowship with other alcoholics.
In a 1966 letter, Bill Wilson wrote: “There are few absolutes inherent in the Twelve Steps. Most Steps are open to interpretation, based on the experience and outlook of the individual. Consequently, the individual is free to start the steps at whatever point he can, or will.” (As Bill Sees It, page 191)
Our meetings of atheists, agnostics and freethinkers endeavor to maintain a tradition of free expression, where alcoholics may feel free to express any doubts or disbeliefs they may have, and to share their own personal forms of spiritual experience, their search for it, or their rejection of it. In keeping with A.A. tradition, we do not endorse or oppose any form of religion or atheism. Our only wish is to assure suffering alcoholics that they can find sobriety in A.A. without having to accept anyone else’s beliefs, or having to deny their own.
THE SERENITY GOAL:
“May we find serenity to accept things we cannot change,
courage to change things we can,
and wisdom to know the difference.”
TRADITION 3 (Long Form)— Our membership ought to include all who suffer from alcoholism. Hence we may refuse none who wish to recover. Nor ought A.A. membership ever depend upon money or conformity. Any two or three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation.
TRADITION 4 (Long Form) — With respect to its own affairs, each A.A. group should be responsible to no other authority than its own conscience. But when its plans concern the welfare of neighboring groups also, those groups ought to be consulted. And no group, regional committee, or individual should ever take any action that might greatly affect A.A. as a whole without conferring with the Trustees of the General Service Board. On such issues our common welfare is paramount.
TRADITION 5 (Long Form) — Each Alcoholics Anonymous group ought to be a spiritual entity having but one primary purpose–that of carrying its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
“We are responsible…
When anyone, anywhere reaches out for help,
we want the hand of A.A. always to be there…
and for that we are responsible.”
In an effort to fully explain Tradition Three Bill Wilson expanded on it in an article in the Grapevine: “So long as there is the slightest interest in sobriety, the most unmoral, the most anti-social, the most critical alcoholic may gather about him a few kindred spirits and announce to us that a new Alcoholics Anonymous Group has been formed. Anti-God, these rampant individuals are still an AA Group if they think so!” (Anarchy Melts, AA Grapevine, July 1946)
FIVE RULES TO LIVE BY
No idea is true just because someone says so, including me.
Think for yourself.
Don’t believe anything just because you want to.
Believing something doesn’t make it so.
Use the scientific method: experiment and observe.
If a favorite idea fails a well designed test, it’s wrong.
Follow the evidence, wherever it leads.
If you have no evidence, reserve judgment.
Remember you could be wrong.
Even the best scientists have been wrong about some things.
Science is a way to keep from fooling ourselves and each other.
[Borrowed from THE SECULAR HUB, Denver]
12 ZEN THINGS
- Do one thing at a time.
- Do it slowly and deliberately.
- Do it completely.
- Do less.
- Put space between things.
- Develop rituals.
- Designate time for certain things.
- Devote time to sitting.
- Smile and serve other.
- Make cleaning and cooking become meditation.
- Think about what is necessary.
- Live simply.
Just remember happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.