Meeting Format

Welcome to the We Agnostics group of Alcoholics Anonymous. My name is _______, and I am an alcoholic. We ask those with cell phones to turn them off at this time.

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 A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. A.A. 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.

The We Agnostics group of A.A. attempts to maintain a tradition of free expression, and conduct a meeting where alcoholics may feel free to express any doubts or dis-beliefs they may have, and to share their own personal form of spiritual experience, their search for it, or their rejection of it. 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.

Read the Tradition for the month.

Is anyone here new to AA or new to this meeting? We are glad you are here!

Are there any AA or group announcements? Standing announcement: We ask for help with putting things away at the end of the meeting.

The meeting format changes from week to week.

The first Monday (1-7) is a speaker meeting. Our speaker will share for 10 to 20 minutes and then we will open the meeting for discussion.

The second Monday (8-14) is a beginner’s meeting with a reading from Living Sober and topics of powerlessness, unmanageability, early recovery, and any topics from the reading.

The third Monday (15-21) is a topic meeting, with a reading and topic of the meeting leader’s choice (or ask the group for a topic.)

The fourth Monday (22-28) is a step meeting, with a focus on steps 1 and 2 if any newcomers are present, and otherwise the step corresponding to the month (or choose a step.)

The fifth Monday (29-31) has the topic: Recovery in AA for agnostics and other non-Christians.

Pass the 7th Tradition basket: “Every AA group ought to be self-supporting, declining outside contributions.” We have no dues or fees in AA, but we do have expenses. The money we receive pays for rent, refreshments, literature and chips.

At about 8:25pm, take the meeting back. This meeting has a way to recognize our journeys of continuous sobriety. I have asked ______ to do the chips.

The Responsibility Statement. I am responsible. When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of A.A. always to be there. And for that: I am responsible.

For those who care to join, let’s join hands and end with Live and Let Live.

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