Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Neal Britner of Clay NY to Be Vermont Workshop Participant

Long-Time, Devoted A.A. Historian and Christian Recovery Leader Neal Britner to Participate in Vermont Workshops in September

Dick B.

As our September 1 to 10 trip to hold workshops in St. Johnsbury, Vermont; Manchester, Vermont; and East Dorset Vermont approaches, the phone rings daily with good news about those who are participating and supporting this unusual and promising series of A.A. history workshops.

The latest call came today from Neal Britner, participant in International Christian Recovery Coalition, A.A. Historian, and Christian recovery leader. Neal is from Clay, New York.

For a long time, Neal and his wife have quietly supported, read, and commented upon our ongoing 22 years of research, reporting, and publishing books, articles, and other materials on Alcoholics Anonymous History and the Christian Recovery Movement. The purpose, of course, has been to help the alcoholic and addict who still suffers—an objective often lost in the shuffle today for pre-eminence in opposing, questioning, and revising early A.A.’s Christian roots and early history.

The other principal objective has been to investigate, report, and disseminate the role that God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible have played in the origins, history, founding, original Christian Fellowship program, and successes of old school A.A. in Akron – and can play today. The same shuffle has been present there as well, with some revisionists expressing “fury” over the very mention of real, accurate, old school, early A.A. history.

Not so with the hundreds of Christian recovery movement happenings today. And Neal Britner exemplifies the ideal. He has kept in touch with us through the years. He has made contributions supporting our work. And now he brings to Vermont a very extensive background of real historical research he has been doing in the very areas we will be researching in our workshops.

Neal has also just become one of the several dedicated friends helping to fund our trip from Maui to Vermont for these meetings. More are still welcome!

Many thanks to Neal. And to those who choose to come to Vermont, join us, support us, work with us, and give us their help and input. We know that all will be blessed to meet Neal and a number of long-sober Christian recovery leaders this September. Call them the “East Coast Contingent,” if you like. But they will be coming from afar as well.

Gloria Deo

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