From the December 2013 magazine.

December 2013: Planting Seeds

I recently took part in a Public Information/Cooperation with the Professional Community presentation about Alcoholics Anonymous at a local university. During the event, one of the students declared that for many years while he was a detective in a police force, he thought that AA was a cult. He’s changing careers to become a chaplain at a prison and was obviously delighted to now have a new understanding about AA.

He asked if, instead of a cult, we considered ourselves a ministry, because God was mentioned in our literature. He had a better understanding after we discussed the language of God “as we understood Him,” and the fact that some members were atheists or agnostics, and that the important thing was to have a Higher Power that wasn’t us, no matter what we called it.

-- Carol K.

Sarasota, Florida

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