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From the June 2018 magazine.

All will be OK

A member in Canada shares about his long personal journey with Step Two

During my first years in AA, I was a militant atheist. I came to this position as a result of negative experiences with religion in my youth, as well as through my political leanings. To avoid opening and closing prayers, for years I came to meetings late and left early. Any Step with the word “God” in it was anathema to me. 

When I was sober two years, I started an atheist AA group, which lasted about a year. Looking back, I think most of the members who attended the meeting probably simply felt sympathy for me. Unlike my own behavior, very few members questioned my beliefs or lack of them, which over time gave me a sense of admiration and respect for my fellow members. This was the first sign AA was changing me. After 14 years of sobriety in AA, I noticed that I was tempering my comments about God in meetings, principally to avoid hurting others whose ideas and beliefs were different than mine.

-- Michael D.

Shediac, New Brunswick, Canada

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