From the September 2017 magazine.


When I first got to AA, I had trouble with God being referred to as “Him” and “Father.” I’m not a Christian, so I was uncomfortable with the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer at the end of meetings. It made me feel I didn’t belong. It also may cause Jews, Moslems, Hindus, Unitarians, pagans and those of other faiths to not come back. And we all need to keep coming back. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. I think saying the Lord’s Prayer should be a matter of group conscience.

I understand that AA grew out of the Oxford Groups, a Christian organization, and there are still some vestiges of their influence. The Steps speak of a God of “our understanding,” which to me means that AA should be as inclusive as possible and accept those practicing varied religions or faiths, including those who practice no religion.

-- Amy C.

Cleveland, Ohio, USA

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