Chapter Twelve: Our A.A. Fellowship Group Story

“…where there had [seemed but] a trickle, there now was a river which led to sure power and safe guidance from God as we were increasingly better able to understand Him.
“So, practicing these Steps, we had a spiritual awakening [of the educational variety] about which finally there was no question.  Looking at those who were only beginning and still doubted, themselves, the rest of us were able to see the change setting in.  From great numbers of such experiences, we could predict the doubter who still claimed he hadn’t got the ‘spiritual angle’, and who still considered his/her well-loved A.A. group the higher power, would presently love God and call Him by name.”
–”Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions“, by permission of AAWS

Other than our names and faces, nothing about our NoNameYet A.A. Fellowship group makes it different than any other.  Just as in the earliest days of A.A., our members represent “many political, economic, social, and religious backgrounds…people who normally would not mix…wrecked in the same vessel, [then] restored and united under one God, with hearts and minds attuned to the welfare of others” (pages 17 & 161).

Q: Why is there no “Chapter Twelve” in the A.A. “Big Book”?
A: We do not know…and yet as some of us have heard, “Maybe because your group’s story is your own ‘Chapter Twelve’!” Possibly, so here is our yet-to-be-named story — “…sure power and safe guidance from God as we were increasingly better able to understand…and call Him by name…”

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