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 silence or turn them off at this time.

Readings: I’ve asked _____ to read the A.A. Preamble.

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.

I’ve asked _____ to read the We Agnostics opening statement.

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.

I’ve asked _____ to read the Tradition for the month.

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

Secretary’s announcements.

(If there are more than six people) Let’s go around the room and introduce ourselves.

The meeting format changes from week to week.

The first Monday (1-7) is a speaker meeting. Our speaker will share for about 20 minutes and then we will open the meeting for discussion by 8 o’clock. Thanks to our speaker ______, the floor is now yours.

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. (Select or ask someone to select a Living Sober chapter for reading.)

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

The fourth Monday (22-28) is a step meeting on Step __ corresponding to the month. For those unfamiliar with the current step, feel free to talk about the earlier ones. (If someone is here for his or her first meeting, use Step One for the topic.) I asked ______ to read the step.

The fifth Monday (29-31) has the general topic of recovery from alcoholism, with an open space for sharing about recovery in AA as an atheist, agnostic, or other non-monotheist and challenges faced in traditional A.A.

Open for discussion. Who’d like to start us off?

At about 8:25pm, take the meeting back. Pass the 7th Tradition basket: Every AA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions. We have no dues or fees in AA. We do have some expenses. The money we receive pays for rent, refreshments, literature and chips.

This meeting has a way to recognize our journeys of continuous sobriety. I have asked ______ to do the chips.

For those who care to join, let’s join hands and end with The Responsibility Statement.

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