From the August 1976 magazine.

When Do We Say 'I'm in AA'?

Three members discuss this vital, but often misunderstood, spiritual foundation of our Fellowship

THE LEADER of the Friday discussion meeting gingerly approached his topic for the evening: anonymity. "Not necessarily the personal anonymity we keep in the outside world," he stressed, "but the spiritual aspects of the question. 'Anonymity,'" he reminded us, "'is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions.'"

I was glad that he decided to go round-robin to the left, because I was seated on the opposite side, toward the end of the tables set up in the roomy meeting hall. Since I was a comparatively new member of this group, I would have the benefit of preceding comments, and I was eager to hear the remarks of my peers. Although I had recently read the AA leaflet "Understanding Anonymity," I still had ambivalent feelings on the matter.

-- Anonymous

Santa Barbara, California

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