AA Group Histories

Stony Plain Beyond Belief Group History

February 14,2017

By Neil F.  Stony Plain, Alberta’s Beyond Belief Group and its 9AM Saturday Meeting originated in October 2013 when Dan L., Neil F. and Corinne L. brainstormed at her house a way to create an inclusive secular AA group that did not try to convert or de-convert anyone and allowed for any individual beliefs or non-beliefs.  We also wanted to create a meeting where we were free of religious pressure and AA dogma. To be noncontroversial and to avoid the problems Toronto’s secular groups encountered in being de-listed by the Toronto Intergroup, we choose to eliminate reading any form of the 12 steps or traditions and to place conference approved books on the table we sit around along with a variety of secular recovery books. [….]

Evolution of Portland Oregon’s Beyond Belief Group

Jun 27, 2015

By Thomas B. On Sunday, November 30th, 2014, the Beyond Belief AA Group of Portland, Oregon celebrated its first year anniversary. As one of the founders of the group, I am humbly grateful to have been able to evolve with our group members and the support of our District and Assembly trusted servants a viable […]

2History of the Washington DC We Agnostics AA Group

History of the Washington DC We Agnostics AA Group

Jun 27, 2015

By John H. The Washington D.C. Group of “We Agnostics” was founded by Tom J. and Maxine B. (both deceased) and the first meeting took place in mid-September 1988 on either Sunday, September 11 or Sunday, September 18 of that year. Tom had attended a “We Agnostics” type meeting (called “Atheists and Agnostics,” I believe) […]

3History of the We Agnostics Group in Columbus Ohio

History of the We Agnostics Group in Columbus Ohio

Jun 27, 2015

By Ed S. I have been an Atheist for 50 years and sober for 30 years. When I attended AA meetings I initially did what everybody else did because I wanted to fit in. I said the Serenity prayer at the beginning of meetings and the Our Father (Matthew 6:9-15) at the end of meetings. […]

From The Chicago Tribune February 22, 1995
By Lawrence Rand. Special to the Tribune.

Quad A Chicago is AA for Atheists and Agnostics. It is a an AA group with a specific focus for humanists and those people with a secular point of view. We are an active member of Chicago AA, support the Chicago Area Service Office, and the General Service Office as well. We invite any person with a desire to stop drinking, whatever their religious or spiritual views, to attend our meetings.

 A Different Road:
Quad A Offers Help To Alcoholics Who Don`t Buy Into God


Six o’clock Saturday night and the drunks are having a party.

This is news?

It is when the party is in Chicago’s Second Unitarian Church on Barry Street. The drunks are sober, and
the party is to commemorate the 20th anniversary of a controversial 12-step recovery group-Alcoholics
Anonymous (AA) for Atheists and Agnostics, known in AA circles as Quad A (AAAA).

“Some friends of mine here are shocked that some of us agnostics and atheists have been working a
program for 20 years that they think is dependent on God,” says the founder of Quad A, Don W., a
wizened 67-year-old Unitarian with a cigar in one hand and coffee cup in the other. “Tonight they said to
me, `This isn’t AA,’ but it actually is. The first two As, for Alcoholics Anonymous, are far more important
than the last two in AAAA, because a 12-step program will work for anybody who works it, regardless of
religious belief, understanding, or refusal to understand.

“Everybody who works a program works a different program, so it’s really not a case of Quad A versus
`the rest of AA.’ There is resistance to us-somebody back in ’79 didn’t want to insert the explanation of
AAAA in the Chicagoland meeting directory, for example-but some of the very first people in AA were
agnostics.”

The church’s sanctuary has been turned into a dining room, and the people seated reflect the North Side
and suburban locations of Quad A meetings-mostly, but not completely white, middle class, and middle
age (though Quad A’s range in age from early twenties to nearly 80), with a significant gay and lesbian
contingent, few Hispanics or Asians, and a larger percentage of women than in many AA groups.{….}

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