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Men's Step Application Group - History of the Group
evolution of what would become our Group really began with
one of our member's spiritual journey to the Queen Charlotte
Islands off the coast of northern British Columbia in the
late summer of 1993. He had set aside two months to travel
north from the Seattle area to stay with a friend, who at
the time, was living outside the little town of Port Clements.
As was their custom, they stayed up late into the night
discussing anything and everything, including their relationship
with the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. On one particularly
intense evening, they found themselves praying together
on one simple thought: asking to be shown how to create
the fellowship they craved.
hair raised on end, their eyes were wildly alive and they
Knew they were in the midst of a powerful presence. That
moment gave birth to many others wherein the vision began
to take shape. Both had had similarly empty experiences
with a weakened fellowship, full of fear and mis-information.
The two simply made a decision to change the nature of their
experience through the creation of a Real Home Group. Their
sense of purpose was [and is] very strong.
member was sent back to his little house in Kirkland, Washington,
with a set of Big Book tapes and some sketchy printed material.
He began to reach out to men he already knew and they in
turn reached out to others. Our first attempt TO DO THE
STEPS together involved 12 men. Terms of sobriety ranged
from 1 month to 12 years. The range of Step experience covered
a large spectrum as well. The format was simple: we would
go through the Big Book using the tapes and our own reading
and when it came time TO DO A STEP, we did it together.
We let the arbitrary 'names in the hat' process decide who
shared 5th Steps with whom and soon our bonds were very
strong and full of trust. As the spiritual momentum began
to take over, we knew that the dynamic mother lode had been
we realized that God was doing for us what we could not
do for ourselves. Fires were lit in many hearts and these
in turn lit other fires. The hunger in others that we intuitively
knew must exist now became self-evident. The powerful experience
of the first 100 who wrote our textbook, Alcoholics Anonymous,
was no longer just an intellectual historical record, but
was being re-created in our own direct experience. The Process
of the Steps was alive and was working to provide a whole
new spiritual outlook in our lives.
soon as the first group had completed its Step process,
we started up another group. By now, the products of 12-Step
calls began to arrive and the second group was fresh and
vibrant. After the third group was finished, we realized
that the powerful core energy must take the show on the
road. Besides, the little box in Kirkland had become too
small to function as a place for new men trying to get sober,
as a meeting hall and as a personal residence.
without fear, we took the leap and registered as a regular
AA Group. We began our 'outside' journey in a little room
in a hospital and called ourselves the Men's Step Application
Group. While we soon moved to a larger facility, our meeting
format has remained relatively unchanged. Two men present
a Step for 2 weeks and then we move on to the next Step
with two different men. The idea is TO DO the STEP after
the initial presentation and then report back with action
taken. Our primary reference is our Basic Text, Alcoholics
Anonymous. In addition, individual members sometimes organize
material from other sources meaningful to them and share
it with the Group.
are interested in recovery from alcoholism through the use
of our 12 Steps and not in following the course of an ever
increasing rigidity currently in vogue. Steps 11 and 12
are actively promoted as our essential tools. Individual
members are supported in whatever energies they show toward
personal spiritual growth and in trying to carry the message