Using the 11th Step / St. Francis Prayer

The Saint Francis Assisi Prayer, often used as an 11th Step Prayer in Alcoholics Anonymous, is an immensely popular and empowering prayer used in recovery. Anyone moving through recovery will eventually encounter the prayer and will get to work through its significance and impact on their spirituality, life, and outlook. If you’re just starting your recoveryContinue reading “Using the 11th Step / St. Francis Prayer”

We Never Give Up – Grapevine Article February 2020 by Alex M.

A man from Nepal reminds him that we don’t have the power to get people sober. We just hope and keep reaching out On a cold morning in February, I got a call from an AA friend who was working with a local ministry group that helped refugees and immigrants who had been given asylumContinue reading “We Never Give Up – Grapevine Article February 2020 by Alex M.”

AA Traditions Are Not Traditional! – Grapevine Article Extract Jan 1955 by Bill W

In our Twelve Traditions we have set our faces against nearly every trend in the outside world. “We have denied ourselves personal government, professionalism and the right to say who our members shall be. We have abandoned do-goodism, reform and paternalism. We refuse charitable money and prefer to pay our own way. We will cooperateContinue reading “AA Traditions Are Not Traditional! – Grapevine Article Extract Jan 1955 by Bill W”

Tradition Five: What A Group Ought To Be Grapevine Article May 2006 by Anonymous

An AA says we can’t transmit what we don’t have The first thing Tradition Five tells us is what a group is, or at least “ought to be.” We are not a sociological entity, although sociologists find us fascinating. We are not a therapy group, although remarkable healing takes place among us. And we areContinue reading “Tradition Five: What A Group Ought To Be Grapevine Article May 2006 by Anonymous”

A Stronger Group – Grapevine Article May 2022 by Bob P.

Substantial unanimity helps the majority slow down and hear the voice of the minority opinion. Sometimes the voice of a loving God is trying to speak through others. A judge may require people with an alcohol-related court conviction to attend AA meetings. These people come with court papers for us at AA to sign. TheContinue reading “A Stronger Group – Grapevine Article May 2022 by Bob P.”

The Challenge of Sponsorship – Grapevine Article June 1989 by Jim N.

Right from the start, AA spread simply by one drunk talking to another. Bill W. called on Doctor Bob in 1935 in Akron and AA was born. A physician, Dr. William Silkworth, who had worked intensely with alcoholics, was quick to see the possibilities for growth in this approach. But he was also vocal andContinue reading “The Challenge of Sponsorship – Grapevine Article June 1989 by Jim N.”

How an Atheist Works the Steps – Grapevine Article March 2003 by June L.

Even the ones with “God” in them My life was in shambles, and I was desperate, Following a third botched suicide attempt, I was threatened with commitment to a mental hospital. Or I could call AA. I chose AA. But I was skeptical that it was the answer because I thought I was just crazy.Continue reading “How an Atheist Works the Steps – Grapevine Article March 2003 by June L.”

The Front Lines – Grapevine Article January 2022 by Tom L.

Dimly lit rooming houses, emergency rooms, even rooftops— he keeps reaching out. And once in a good while they reach back The man was sweating, shaking, almost incoherent in his pain. “We know how you feel,” my AA friend told him. “We’ve been there.” I was so nervous I didn’t know what to say. ThisContinue reading “The Front Lines – Grapevine Article January 2022 by Tom L.”

Clean House, Help Others – Grapevine Article by Gary D.

Helping others in AA has a ripple effect that spreads beyond what we can see I’m a meatcutter and in one job I had I worked normal 8 to 5 hours. In my spare time, I took meetings to halfway houses and other recovery homes trying to carry this message. I was all set toContinue reading “Clean House, Help Others – Grapevine Article by Gary D.”

11 Men & A Prayer – Grapevine Article November 2017 by Ed L.

With a few canoes and horseshoes, and a little help from upstairs, a mountain fellowship begins It was in Quartz Hill, just west of Lancaster, California, where I first heard the expression, “Why pray when you can worry?”  Why, indeed? Three years ago, a handful of us stood around after the Wednesday night men’s stag meetingContinue reading “11 Men & A Prayer – Grapevine Article November 2017 by Ed L.”