From the Magazine

Topic: AA History
Is blasting a particular religion unwelcoming to newcomers?
  AA is not allied with any denomination, nor is it opposed to any denomination. Yet, I’ve noticed that, in meetings, one particular denomination frequently gets mentioned negatively, masked...
These three questions might prevent you from bailing on the next Tradition meeting you stumble into
When I was new, and for a long time afterward, I became accustomed to hearing the Traditions read at meetings. The words sounded impressive, but they didn’t impact me deeply. I found that it was only...
The sixth of a new series of articles explaining the Twelve Traditions ...
The moment we saw that we had an answer for alcoholism, it was reasonable for us to feel we might have an answer for a lot of other things. The AA groups, many thought, could go into business, might...
Remembering what it was like to get sober as a woman in the early days of AA in the Twin Cities
My name is Betty H., and I'm an alcoholic. In 1953 I got sober. I'm not sure what led me to sobriety—a three-day binge, my husband's threats to haul me to the state hospital, or suddenly being sick...
From Section 2, Living History
How AA Came to Geneva, Nebraska IT WAS A Saturday evening in April 1964, and usually I would have been uptown at a bar. But I was home suffering from the flu (for a change it was something other than...
A special note from Bill W. to remember our Twelve Traditions on the holidays
The idea is in the air that AA might adopt Thanksgiving Week as a time for meetings and meditation on the Tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous. The friend who hatched this notion tells you—on another...
"I gave him one bottle of beer. That was the last drink he ever took." -Bill W.
Serenely remarking to his attendant, “I think this is it,” Dr. Bob passed out of our sight and hearing November sixteenth at noonday. So ended the consuming malady wherein he had so well shown us how...
Our co-founder explains why we should question no one's transformation
It is the intention of the Grapevine to carry occasional accounts of spiritual experiences. To this interesting project I would like to say a few introductory words. There is a very natural tendency...
Our co-founder Bill W. reminds us of our incredible gifts
We not only feel grateful, we say so with the joy of prisoners set free. We thank God for his light whereby we now see; and for the gift of his grace by which we breathe and live in a wondrous new...
An early reminder by our co-founder to avoid controversy and preserve our unity
TRADITION TEN: Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy. To most of us, Alcoholics Anonymous has become as solid as the...

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