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”

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.”

You And I Need Each Other – Grapevine Article May 1977 by E.S.

On sponsorship and the newcomer DEAR JOHN: I could almost begin this letter “Dear Newcomer.” The only problem with that is, I want you to know how close I feel to you at this moment in our lives. Watching new people grow renews my sobriety, I hope I never lose interest in the personal joyContinue reading “You And I Need Each Other – Grapevine Article May 1977 by E.S.”

No Words Needed – Grapevine Article February 2022 by Larry K.

I’m told that my grandfather was an alcoholic. The disease appears to have skipped a generation, as my father, an only child, did not drink. But alcoholism found me. Today, having just passed 20 years of sobriety in AA, I have had some time to think about the issue of alcoholism and my family. ThreeContinue reading “No Words Needed – Grapevine Article February 2022 by Larry K.”

AA Tomorrow – Grapevine Article July 1960 by Bill W

Some key questions and perspectives from our founder written at AA’s 25th anniversary. His thoughts still ring true and relevant for what may be facing today (Excerpted from longer article) There is among us AAs the ever-present need for further spiritual growth. Here most of us show a heavy deficit, and I’m a notable example.Continue reading “AA Tomorrow – Grapevine Article July 1960 by Bill W”

‘How It Works’ Works For Me – Grapevine Article October 2003 by Diane S.

As a newcomer, I first heard “How It Works” before I ever picked up a Big Book. It conveyed the essence of the program in a couple of minutes. Its repetition over the years has served as a general reminder. After all, alcoholics have short memories. Legend has it that Bill W. wrote “How ItContinue reading “‘How It Works’ Works For Me – Grapevine Article October 2003 by Diane S.”

What Is Freedom in AA? – Grapevine Article May 1960 by Bill W

THE TRADITIONS and customs of Alcoholics Anonymous reveal a charter for individual and group freedom, the like of which history has never before produced. We have no humanly administered government whatever. Once upon a time, there was an AA member who got the notion that his own group was a little too stuffy, respectable, andContinue reading “What Is Freedom in AA? – Grapevine Article May 1960 by Bill W”

The Harmony of Service – Grapevine Article January 1984 by W.C.

WHILE LISTENING to a fine choral group, I was greatly impressed by the beauty of their singing. My heart was thrilled as the sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses–all in unison–joined in one powerful voice. But then, on the chorus, they sang their individual parts, and the harmony was enrapturing. It made the rendition of theContinue reading “The Harmony of Service – Grapevine Article January 1984 by W.C.”

How 14 groups grew to 22 – Grapevine Article January 1945 by Frank S.

This article was reprinted in the the November 2018 Grapevine that focused on AA History. In 1944, AA’s cofounder, Bill W., swings through California to lend a helping hand to the new groups Just over one year ago, Bill made a two-month visit to the West Coast, one month of which was spent in LosContinue reading “How 14 groups grew to 22 – Grapevine Article January 1945 by Frank S.”

Anonymity – Grapevine Article January 2000 by Diane O.

Its Necessity Today I believe that anonymity–the spiritual substance of it–is more important than ever today. The spiritual substance of anonymity–self-sacrifice–is the cement that binds us, that allows us to stay alive and well and growing. Most of us arrived in AA as egomaniacs, power drivers, manipulators, glory seekers, and islands unto ourselves, self-obsessed andContinue reading “Anonymity – Grapevine Article January 2000 by Diane O.”