An Atheist in OA

by Sarah S., your NoVAtions editor

A couple of months ago a fellow suggested we do an issue of NoVAtions focusing on those of us who don’t believe in god, don’t know whether or not we believe in god, or generally have trouble with the concept of a higher power. I’m a pretty dogmatic atheist, so I was all for it. Little did I know that there were so many of us. I read stories of people who felt denied recovery because of their nonconforming views on spirituality. There are many who have struggled with the higher power part of program and who have found recovery. Still others have felt unwelcome in the rooms… so much so that most of the contributors asked to remain anonymous.

I have tons to say on the specific issue of atheists in 12 step programs, but we received so many incredible contributions that it’s unnecessary for me to share my thoughts in this issue. In fact, we had so many submissions that we will be doing a follow-up issue in the coming months so that we can share all of them (Atheists, Agnostics, and HP—The Second Coming?).

Thank you to all who contributed, and keep them coming!