Meeting Format

Good evening and welcome to Mostly Agnostics.

This is an Open Meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous.

 

My name is _____, and I am an alcoholic. At this time, please silence your cellphones.

 

I've asked ______ to read the AA Preamble.

AA Preamble

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

 

I've asked ______ to read “About Mostly Agnostics AA.”  

About Mostly Agnostics AA

The Mostly Agnostics group seeks to carry a message of recovery that is grounded in AA’s first tradition: “Personal recovery depends upon AA unity.” While we are here for those who feel their personal beliefs don’t fit in with traditional AA groups, many of our members believe in a higher power and embrace the 12 steps as they are written. Our wish is to assure suffering alcoholics that they can find sobriety in AA without having to accept anyone else’s beliefs or having to deny their own.

 

Are there any AA related announcements? 

 

Who here is joining us for the first time?  

(If there are any newcomers)

_____ will read the newcomer welcome.

Newcomer's Welcome

If this is your first time joining us, we’d like to welcome you to Alcoholics Anonymous. Our 3rd tradition says that the only requirement for membership is the DESIRE to stop drinking. So, if you want to stop drinking, congratulations, you are now the newest member of the coolest club that no one wants to join: Alcoholics Anonymous. If you are feeling apprehensive and confused, you’re not alone. We were once in your shoes and know how that feels. There is hope.

 

Everything you hear in AA should be taken for what it is – the perceptions and opinions of individual members. We share what has worked for us personally, but we are confident that there are other approaches that also work. The resources available within AA are as diverse as the challenges recovering alcoholics face. “Take what you like and leave the rest.”

 

In the words of one of AA’s founders: "We must never forget that the purpose of AA is to sober up alcoholics.  There is no religious or spiritual requirement for membership.  No demands are made of anyone.  An experience is offered which members may accept or reject.  That is up to them."

 

A primary example of the program’s ability to customize the solution to individual needs is the great diversity among AA groups. Groups are crucial not only in providing a sense of belonging but also in fostering vital one-on-one relationships. We suggest attending as many different groups as possible. Each has its own flavor and it is important to find at least one group where you feel welcomed, affirmed, and safe.

 

Finding a home group that you regularly attend builds a strong human connection that can be indispensable in recovery. Other group members get to know you by name and miss you when you’re gone. We have found that surrendering to the experience of sharing with a bunch of current and ex-drunks with whom we might not otherwise mix seems to be the most reliable way to stay sober, and it is less embarrassing than continuing to get drunk.

 

When we were ready to get sober, most of us found clear guidance to be helpful. Sponsorship can be valuable in this regard. A sponsor is an experienced AA member who can provide suggestions, feedback, and an opportunity to talk about issues too intimate to be shared in the group. Get with someone after the meeting for more information regarding sponsorship, ways to get involved, literature, and other resources that can help maintain sobriety. We will also give you phone numbers of group members who would love to hear from you if you have questions or if you just need to talk.

 

Welcome to Mostly Agnostics and we’re glad you’re here.

 

Do we have any visitors or members from other groups who want to be recognized?

 

Would anyone like a desire chip, which is an outward symbol of

an inward desire to stay sober for 24 hours?

 

Are there any milestones in sobriety?

(30 days, 60 days, 90 days, 6 months, 9 months, a year, multiple years)

 

We ask that, during the discussion portion of our meeting, you not interrupt

anyone while they are sharing and that you try to avoid cross-talk.

(If someone asks what cross-talk is)

Cross-talk is:  Offering advice, directly speaking to an individual member instead of the group, or questioning or interrupting whoever is speaking.

Cross-talk is not: Referring to what someone has shared if you are moved by it or if it reminds you of your own experience.

 

We also ask that you be mindful of the time so that everyone who wants to share can have a chance.

 

(It is at the Chairperson’s discretion to keep order/act as timekeeper)

 

Does anybody have a sobriety threatening issue they’d like to discuss

or any other recovery related topic?

 

(If not, the chair introduces a topic.)

 

 

(Halfway through the meeting)

We will now pass the basket in accordance with AA's 7th tradition, which states that we are fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions. If you are visiting or attending your first AA meeting, we ask that you not contribute today. We’re just glad you’re here.

 

(When it is time to close the discussion)

Who has a burning desire they would like to share?

 

We’d like to remind you that Anonymity is the foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.  Who you see here, what you

hear here: when you leave here, let it stay here.

 

If you need to continue sharing, get with someone after the meeting.

 

We will close with the Responsibility Pledge.  

Responsibility Pledge:

I am responsible. When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help,

I want the hand of A.A. always to be there, and for that I am responsible.