From the September 2002 magazine.

Your Move

The God thing


AA Grapevine readers respond to "Should We Go Easy on the God Stuff?" featured in the April 2002 issue

Near the end of my very first AA meeting fourteen years ago, I was invited to share. I'd liked much of what I'd heard and said so. Then I pointed to the Steps and said, "But I'm going to have trouble with the God thing." That offended a young man who'd apparently found religion in AA. He verbally abused me for ten minutes.

The discussion leader apologized and urged me to return. I did the next day and remained quiet for the entire hour. The young man...

-- Stephen B.

Atlanta, Georgia