AA-Attending Religious Services Recommended. Russell S Letter

The Big Book recommends and encourages joining a religious organization – that’s right – it is clear that most of the Founders recommended such affiliations:
We think it no concern of ours what religious bodies our members identify themselves with as individuals.
This should be an entirely personal affair which each one decides for himself in the light of past associations,
or his present choice. Not all of us join religious bodies, but most of us favor such memberships. (There is a Solution)

Though the family has no religious connections, they may wish to make contact with or take membership in a religious body. Alcoholics who have derided religious people will be helped by such contacts. Being possessed of a spiritual experience, the alcoholic will find he has much in common with these people, though he may differ with them on many matters. If he does not argue about religion, he will make new friends and is sure to find new avenues of usefulness and pleasure. He and his family can be a bright spot in such congregations. He may bring new hope and new courage to many a priest, minister, or rabbi, who gives his all to minister to our troubled world. We intend the fore¬going as a helpful suggestion only. So far as we are concerned, there is nothing obligatory about it. As non-denominational people, we cannot make up others’ minds for them. Each individual should consult his own conscience. (The Family Afterwards).

There are excellent Churches in your area and in the Miami-Dade area in particular – some today are Old Cutler Presbyterian 14401 Old Cutler Rd (9:15 Traditional & 11 am) – Christ Fellowship SW 168 east of US 1 ( small recovery service 6 PM Traditional) and Calvary Chapel Kendall – 16435 SW 117th Ave Miami ( 9 am) – there are many others.
In further confirmation of Russell’s statements, see A.A. General Service Conference-approved “DR. BOB and the Good Old-timers,” page 131


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Uses pen name Dick B.: Writer, Historian, Retired attorney, Bible student, CDAAC, and active and recovered A.A. member with over 25 years of continuous sobriety. Published 42 titles and over 650 articles on the history of Alcoholics Anonymous and the Christian Recovery Movement. www.dickb.com
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