Q. What’s an agnostic?
“Agnostism” literally means “not knowing” as regards the existence or nature of God. It’s a convenient word to encompass the variety of beliefs and non-beliefs held by our individual members. Recovering alcoholics who attend the agnostic A.A. groups come together knowing that sobriety can be attained by anyone with the help of A.A. fellowship and principles, without necessarily relying on a Higher Power.
Q. Are these legitimate A.A. groups?
Of course. As the Third Tradition says, “The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.”
Q. Do you conclude your meeting with a prayer?
No. At the end of the meeting, the chairperson wishes everyone a good night, we turn the lights on (the lights are dimmed at the beginning of the meeting), and everyone goes home.
Q. Do you folks work the steps?
Some do, some don’t. Some rely solely on the Fellowship for their recovery and they find it works well for them.
Q. How do these groups make use of the Big Book?
Frankly, we don’t use it very often.
Q: Am I welcome to one of your meetings if I’m religious, or if I think of God as my higher power?
Certainly. The agnostic A.A. meetings provide a home for recovering alcoholics of various beliefs. Our members simply appreciate an atmosphere where belief is not made a prerequisite for sobriety.