Topics & Questions for Discussion

 

Part 1
• What were your first impressions of A.A. or other 12 Step meetings?

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Part 2
• Let’s make a list of reasons why some of us might reject religion.
• How are the 12 Step fellowships similar or different from other religious organizations?
• How can the terms “religious” and “spiritual” be defined? What’s the difference between the two terms?
• Are A.A. and other 12 Step fellowships religious or spiritual?

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Part 3
• What do they mean in the film when they talk about “praying to false gods?” Let’s discuss how our addictions might become the most important thing in our lives.
• Why might the term “powerless” be a problem for some of us? How can the realization that we are powerless be empowering?
• Is it obvious to all of us that we are not God, as Dr. Kurtz puts it?

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Part 4
• For those of us who don’t believe in God, let’s think of various powers that are greater than ourselves.
• Let’s think of a source of Power on which we can rely when we’re feeling most weak and vulnerable to our addictions.

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Part 5
• Let’s discuss some of our own impressions of the Big Book of A.A.
• Let’s talk about some of our own experiences within the Fellowship of A.A. or other 12 Step fellowships.
• How might our experience with individuals in A.A. differ from A.A. as a whole?

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Part 6
• What are some emotional & psychological functions of faith?
• Why do people turn to God in times of weakness or crisis?
• Are there similarities between faith and other emotions, such as hope and trust?

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Part 7
• What do the following have in common: ‘letting go & letting God,’ ‘dying to myself,’ and Step 3?
• What does Step 3 have in common with the concept of ‘Dharma,’ as described in the film?
• For those of us who don’t believe in God, let’s make a list of adjectives to describe that concept of God that we reject.
• Fill in the blank: Made a decision to turn my will and my life over to _______________________.

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Part 8
• How can the term “cult” be defined?
• The 12 Traditions go a long way toward defining the basic organizational structure of A.A. and other 12 Step fellowships. How have the 12 Traditions helped keep A.A. from becoming a cult (in the negative sense of the word)?

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Part 9
• Let’s talk about how various conceptions of God in the film may be similar or different from our own.

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Part 10
• What is the purpose of praying or meditating? How might prayer & meditation help me in times of weakness or crisis?
• Let’s discuss our own experiences with prayer and meditation.

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Part 11
• Let’s talk about our own experiences with sponsorship, either sponsoring others or being sponsored.
• Let’s discuss the line from Les Miserables: “To love another person is to see the face of God.”

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Part 12
• What does it mean to “live and let live?”
• Are the 12 Step meeting rooms a place where we all feel accepted for who we are?

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