From Chapter Four in the book Alcoholics Anonymous (AKA the Big Book).
“To one who feels he is an atheist or agnostic such an experience seems impossible, but to continue as he is means disaster, especially if he is an alcoholic of the hopeless variety. To be doomed to an alcoholic death or to live on a spiritual basis are not always easy alternatives to face.
“But it isn’t so difficult. About half our original fellowship were of exactly that type. At first some of us tried to avoid the issue, hoping against hope we were not true alcoholics. But after a while we had to face the fact that we must find a spiritual basis of life —or else. Perhaps it is going to be that way with you. But cheer up, something like half of us thought we were atheists or agnostics. Our experience shows that you need not be disconcerted.
“When, therefore, we speak to you of God, we mean your own conception of God. This applies, too, to other spiritual expressions which you find in this book. Do not let any prejudice you may have against spiritual terms deter you from honestly asking yourself what they mean to you. “
A new meeting for those with questions about spirituality and how it relates to you. This is a closed meeting and is limited to those who have a desire to stop drinking.
The First United Methodist Church
1825 East Street, Room 12
Fridays, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Inaugural meeting July 25)
All you need is a desire to stop drinking and an open mind. Questions are encouraged.
Note: Group/Meeting information/history sought. Please contact via comments or directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.