A.A. and Religious Organizations

Doc1Members of the clergy in Johnson County, Tennessee are often the first persons whom sick alcoholics approach for help and understanding — and frequently the first to whom they candidly acknowledge their illness. In fact, many alcoholics look to the clergy for spiritual guidance both before and after joining Alcoholics Anonymous.

Some alcoholics do not wish to stop drinking, or else think they can’t “do it alone.” In such instances, spiritual advisors might inform the alcoholic that help is available whenever they become willing to receive it.

Alcoholics Anonymous is not a religious society. However, A.A. is deeply indebted to members of the clergy of many faiths, who have befriended the fellowship since its founding in 1935.

The heart of that friendship has been understanding and tolerance — understanding of Alcoholics Anonymous’s capacities and limitations as a fellowship, and tolerance of the failings of a fellowship of men and women whose spiritual hopes may be higher than their human abilities.

We would like to invite members of the clergy to visit one of the open meetings the I Am Responsible Group holds each week in Mountain City.

We meet twice a week on Monday and Thursday, at 6:00 p.m. at the Johnson County Community Center located at 214 College Street, Mountain City, Tennessee.

For further information, please feel free to email us at service@iamresponsible-mountaincity.com.

Some of your questions might also be answered in the readings below:

Members of the Clergy Ask About Alcoholics Anonymous

Excerpt from Alcoholics Anonymous: The Religious View on A.A.