From the April 1997 magazine.

Your Move

Under a Big Tent

Responses from readers concerning two pieces in the November 1996 issue: "We Tread Innumerable Paths" and "A Larger Welcome"

June L. deplores religious ritual pervading some AA groups. I'm in sympathy with the dilemma an atheist can face in AA.

As a practicing agnostic in AA, I was early on disenchanted with the recital of the Lord's Prayer. Local AAs didn't hold hands back in 1959 and one could remain silent at prayer time without drawing furtive sideways glances.

Eventually I drifted back to drinking and alcoholism progressed until I suffered a nearly fatal...

-- Jack F.

Aurora, Illinois