Spiritual, not Religious
"In ACA, we take a spiritual and not religious approach to healing the effects of being raised in a dysfunctional home." BRB p. 76
The writers of the 12 Steps knew that, even though we claimed to be spiritual, the use of the word "God" could be controversial.
When we hear the word "God" in our meetings, some of us feel comforted, and some of us experience negativity and sadness. No matter what our reaction, it is important for us to remember that in ACA we unite around a spiritual foundation that allows us to believe what we choose.
Many of us grew up knowing a loving, supportive God, and many of us grew up with a punishing God. No matter what beliefs we had in childhood, we often found a different understanding as adults. In many cases, we continue to search for a path that feels comfortable.
Spiritual, not religious means that our fellowship recognizes there are many belief systems, and the cloak of spirituality allows us to be equals in our recovery. No one of us knows the right answer for anyone else. There is no one right way to believe, and we respect each other's differences, even while we unconditionally support each other.
On this day, while I seek to strengthen my spiritual belief, I practice tolerance for beliefs that differ from mine.
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