I‘m Here ; We’re Here – Grapevine Article August 2019 by Clement C.

A long-time African-American member tells his story and encourages others to get involved beyond the group I grew up in a segregated part of St. Louis, Missouri. I was one of the students who participated in the forced integration of schools. I went to integrated schools from the sixth grade through college. In many ofContinue reading “I‘m Here ; We’re Here – Grapevine Article August 2019 by Clement C.”

The Good Old Times – Grapevine Article June 1985 by Anonymous

SEVERAL YEARS AGO, I crawled back to AA after a slip lasting more than a year. Along with a deep thankfulness for being home again, I’ve occasionally experienced some irritation (perhaps a stab of false pride) on being told by another member, “I don’t have to drink again–you did it for me!” That slip broughtContinue reading “The Good Old Times – Grapevine Article June 1985 by Anonymous”

Anarchy Melts – Grapevine Article July 1946 By Bill W

It may be that Alcoholics Anonymous is a new form of human society. The first of our 12 Points of A.A. Tradition states, “Each member of Alcoholics Anonymous is but a small part of a great whole. A.A. must continue to live or most of us will surely die. Hence our common welfare comes first.Continue reading “Anarchy Melts – Grapevine Article July 1946 By Bill W”

A Beacon in the Dark – Grapevine Article September 1991 By Nadene S

The power of our primary purpose The first time I sneaked my fearful, bewildered self into an AA meeting, I was struck by the seriousness and singlemindedness of the meeting and its participants. The meeting was a somber, pain-filled beginners meeting. These were the first real alcoholics I had ever seen, and unsure whether IContinue reading “A Beacon in the Dark – Grapevine Article September 1991 By Nadene S”

Planting Seeds – Grapevine Article June 2020 By Karen C.

After years of hard work, a committee in Northern California starts a successful prison sponsorship program Since 1987, one of the defining characteristics of my sobriety has been my participation in the NorCal (Northern California) Hospitals & Institutions (H&I) Committee. While I’ve loved all my service work, carrying the message of AA to the alcoholicContinue reading “Planting Seeds – Grapevine Article June 2020 By Karen C.”

Love and Tolerance – Grapevine Article November 2014 By Justin P

The first person who asked me to sponsor him in the program was a gay man. I had reservations about doing this, as I am not gay, and reacted with fear and ignorance. I called my sponsor to get his opinion on the right thing to do. Being the good sponsor that he is, heContinue reading “Love and Tolerance – Grapevine Article November 2014 By Justin P”

Anonymity – May 1975 Grapevine Article by C.H.

In an effort to build public understanding of AA’s Anonymity Traditions, the trustees’ Public Information Committee prepared this article for release to newspapers and wire services. WHY ARE Alcoholics Anonymous members anonymous alcoholics? Why are all those people who used to be so noisily unconcerned about making public fools of themselves so passionately interested in anonymity? (“Anonymity”Continue reading “Anonymity – May 1975 Grapevine Article by C.H.”

Keeping the Meeting Alive – Grapevine Article July 1991 by Kathryn K

At a recent meeting of our home group on the First Tradition, it was suggested that one of the ways we could actively promote the principle of unity was to draft a letter sharing our recent experiences with readers of the Grapevine. About three years ago, two people sat down in a church at aContinue reading “Keeping the Meeting Alive – Grapevine Article July 1991 by Kathryn K”

What A.A. Owes to Its Antecedents – A.A. Markings March/April 2004

Link To Article Each issue will focus on a theme. This first one covers some of the early recovery efforts that predate the birth of Alcoholics Anonymous. Understanding and appreciating the historic context in which our Fellowship came about makes us stronger. The unfolding themes might spark your own curiosity to further explore the rootsContinue reading “What A.A. Owes to Its Antecedents – A.A. Markings March/April 2004”

Freshly Squeezed Sobriety – Grapevine Article November 2020 By Corinne H

Wearing orange juice cans and a wine-stained robe, she opened the door to AA. Because of Tradition Three, they opened the door to her One woman’s journey to Alcoholics Anonymous began like this: The telephone call was made to the AA phone number and two lovely, clean, sane, sober women were sent to a middle-classContinue reading “Freshly Squeezed Sobriety – Grapevine Article November 2020 By Corinne H”