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March 14, 2014

Charismatic A.A.?

by Brendan

In 1712, in Aldersgate Street, London, John Wesley’s heart was “strangely warmed.” So Wesley reports, and so began the charismatic movement within the Church of England that led to the founding of the Methodist Church, with Wesley as its founder, of course.

What had happened is what often happened: the Church of England, founded by Radical Protestant Martin Luther (motto: “nailing shit to church doors since 1517”) had began ritualistic, with worship services featuring rote prayers, blindly recited every Sunday.  Wesley saw a need for a “warming up” transformation of the stale and tired (from his viewpoint) Church of England.

I wonder if the same thing has happened to A.A., or at least my local version of A.A., or at least the meetings I regularly go to.

Hard to imagine a charismatic movement happening within A.A., harder still to imagine me leading it.  (And even harder to imagine what picture I’ll attach to this post.)

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