Wednesday, December 7, 2011

We Agnostics Indianapolis A.A. - Year 2

Sometime last month - we don't remember exactly when - the We Agnostics group of A.A. in Indianapolis celebrated its second year of being in existence. My how time flies when you're having fun!

A quick recap...

Our first meetings had 1 or 2 or 3 people in attendance. It was difficult to imagine how to run an hour-long meeting with 2 people, but somehow we managed to make it happen. Lots of conversation and cross-talking, as one might imagine. It seemed to go on for a few months that way.

Then, for no apparent reason, we suddenly had 7-10 people showing up on a regular basis. That number maintained for a few months, and by the end of our first year it was not uncommon to have 15 people in the meeting.

It was just about this time that we had our first run-in with the local Intergroup Office. (Feel free to dig through older posts for detail on that fiasco.) By this time, we were pushing 20 people in attendance regularly.

Towards the end of some of the "controversy" surrounding our meeting, many folks stopped in to the meeting just to see what all the fuss was about. Funny thing happened...some of those folks have stuck around. Many of them aren't even atheists or agnostics, but they appreciate the atmosphere of honest sharing and support found in the meeting.

It's now not uncommon for there to be 30 people in attendance. I believe that the "We Agnostics" group of A.A. in Indianapolis is the best meeting in the world. I hope you feel the same about your home group.

1 comment:

  1. In Des Moines, our 2nd anniversary will be in Oct, 2012. A second meeting started in Dec, 2011. It's solid at 6 or 8 people each week, but the first one (which meets on Tuesday at 12:30, weird time) often has only 2 or 3 people.

    When we started, we knew Des Moines might not be big enough to support an agnostic AA meeting. Many are sympathetic, but don't care enough to change the meetings they attend. As it turns out, there is a need, but it has taken some experimentation to get the time and format right.

    We'll just keep meeting, as long as people need us. I also share openly about my liberal approach to AA in the other meetings I attend. I sit out all the prayers, and this has helped me meet the many atheists who keep quiet in AA.