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Burns M. Brady, MD, FASAM, FAAFP. Bill Wilson - letter to Carl Jung, Jan. 23, 1961 A. Thanks for direction to Rowland Hazard B. Jung’s reply: Jan. 30,

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1 Burns M. Brady, MD, FASAM, FAAFP

2 Bill Wilson - letter to Carl Jung, Jan. 23, 1961 A. Thanks for direction to Rowland Hazard B. Jung’s reply: Jan. 30, Alcohol excess Man’s thirst for God (union) 2. Relieved by Grace Companionship with others Higher education of the mind beyond rationalism 3. Alcohol in Latin – Spiritus a. Highest religious experience b. Most depraving poison Spiritus contra Spiritum “It takes the Spirit of God to overcome the (harmful) spirit of alcohol.” C. Rowland Hazard given the spiritual – religious solution

3 A. Background 1. Wealthy family – Connecticut 2. Carl Jung Joined Oxford Group Died 1944 – never in AA B. Oxford Group participation 1. Carried the message Key man Change Guidance – prayer & share Service (help people – all, not just alcoholics) Restitution Inventory

4 C. Meets Ebby Thacher – Manchester – Ebby jail a. Judge Graves – Father Cebra G. b. Cebra G. c. Shep C. d. Rowland Hazard D. Sponsors Ebby for approximately 6 months 1. Texas 2. Clean up Manchester 3. Delivers to Calvary Mission Fall 1934 (Home Oxford Group)

5 Frank Buckman  1878 – Lutheran background  Ordained as minister in 1905  Serious resentment and rebuff at orphanage where he was director  1908 – Keswick Convention  Keswick, England – where he had a rapture experience of Jesus while listening to a sermon by a little-known minister, Jessie Penn-Lewis  (spiritual awakening of the sudden “light experience”) vs (educational experience)

6  He talked of sin and acceptance of Christ  Alcoholics Anonymous, 27 years later, talked of character defects and a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps

7  He spent 6 years at Penn State as a YMCA secretary where he developed his philosophy of the Oxford Group, which was primarily the “Key Man and Abstinence” position (alcohol and smoking)

8  Initially, from 1920 to 1928, the group was called “First Century Christian Fellowship”  From 1928 to 1938 it was known as the “Oxford Group” - (first called by South African press when a group from Oxford came there to preach)

9  In this 10-year period were developed the concepts of: A. House parties B. Change C. Guidance D. Maximum

10  Attempts to refer to the 6 steps of the Oxford Group (as precursors of the 12 Steps of AA) were only loosely connected since the Oxford Group referred to the “four absolutes”, not the 6 steps: Honesty Unselfishness Love Purity  Derived from Robert Speer in his 1902 book “The Principles of Jesus”

11  The Oxford Group did have some critical points that were emphasized 1. Men are sinners 2. Men can be changed 3. Confession is prerequisite to change 4. The changed soul has direct access to God 5. The age of miracles has returned 6. Those who have been changed must change others

12  These absolutes and 6 points were the foundation of anecdotal communication prior to the writing of the book “Alcoholics Anonymous” with its Twelve Step Program

13  In 1938, the Oxford Group became known as MRA – Moral Rearmament  It still exists with its headquarters in Caux, Switzerland  Its membership and support declined greatly after Buckman’s death in 1961

14 A. Calvary Episcopal Church – International Headquarters of the Oxford Group B. Calvary Mission – Indigent recovery center – where Rowland Hazard left Ebby Fall 1934 C. Calvary House – location of administration of the church - also housed meetings of the Oxford groups Priest – Sam Shoemaker Director of Mission – Henry Harrison Hadley II

15 Director D. Henry Harrison Hadley II 1. Jerry McAuley – Water Street Mission NYC 1870 Died Mission run by Samuel Hopkins Hadley (Varieties of Religious Experience) and his brother Henry Harrison Hadley 3. Sam’s son, Henry Harrison Hadley II, brought the fundamental basis of spiritual conversion to Calvary Mission from his own and his father’s experience

16 Priest E. Sam Shoemaker 1. Met Frank Buchman in China in 1918 while on missionary trip (Sam was 24 years old, handsome, rich, devout, Princeton graduate 2. He asked for help and through their work together underwent a conversion experience “Give to God the resentment and look at my part. God’s love and turn the other cheek. Do God’s work in God’s way.”

17 E. Sam Shoemaker (cont’d) 3. To Seminary and was ordained In 1924 became rector of Calvary Church and was there 28 years 4. To Pittsburgh Calvary Church in Died Condolences – good friends Norman Vincent Peale and Billy Graham 6. This man was a giant. Wilson stated that he and he alone was the inspiration of the Steps of AA

18 A. Development of the Firestone connection James Newton (19 years old, luggage salesman) by mistake went into a “First Century Christianity” meeting (precursor of the Oxford Group). He underwent a spiritual change – hired as personal assistant by Harvey Firestone, Sr., age Became close friend of Russell (Bud) Firestone, Harvey’s second son. 4. Bud was severe alcoholic and tried with Newton to deal with this unsuccessfully until 1931

19 – Trip to Denver for Episcopal Church meeting – Newton, Firestone, and “coincidentally” some Oxford Group team members including Sam Shoemaker 6. On return trip Shoemaker and Firestone had a personal and private talk. Surrender and conversion occurred – Died sober 7. Harvey Firestone, Sr., so grateful he sponsored Oxford Group House Party 1933

20 B. Oxford Group 1933 Akron 1. Lasted weekend with thousands attending, including many industrialists (key man) 2. Train met by Bud’s wife, Dorothy, and Rev. Walter Tunks, Bill’s contact in Mayflower. Anne Smith (Bob’s wife) and Henrietta Seiberling were there. Bob was not Bob began to attend Oxford Group meeting at the home of T. Henry and Clarace Williams with Ann and Henrietta. They had been attending for 2 years.

21 4. Bob confessed (they all knew) that his secret was he could not stop drinking 5. They all knelt and prayed for guidance (this was approximately 2 weeks prior to Bill’s arrival in May 1935) The stage was set in Akron

22 A. Relationship – William D. Silkworth 1. Disease – physical allergy & mental obsession 2. Solution – moral psychology B. Relationship – Ebby 1. Ebby’s background, rich family, politicians, manufacturers, summered in Manchester 2. Drinking – Bill Ebby had some episodes, not frequent 3. Call – Ebby made “12” Step call in November Contents – personal story – choose your own concept of a Higher Power, do the steps (Oxford Group) 4. Fellowship – Roland, Sam, Oxford Group and Towns

23 C. Rapture experience “Hot Flash” Religious Experience – Spiritual Experience – Spiritual Awakening Richard Bucke – Cosmic Consciousness William James – Varieties of Religious Experience Wilson did the Steps December “wind blew through” The stage was set in New York

24 A. Failed business deal B. Broke and afraid C. Multiple phone calls D. Reached Rev. Walter Tunks – Henrietta Seiberling – Bob Smith

25 A. One alcoholic to another “I drank like that – I feel like that” B. Disease – Bodily and mentally different C. Spiritual Solution – mental, physical, emotional illness Spirituality – Humility – Steps Responsibility – 4-12 Steps “Faith without works is dead” D. Pass it on

26  1937 – Bill and Lois left the Oxford Group  1939 – Bob and Ann left the Oxford Group  1941 – Sam Shoemaker and Calvary Episcopal Church left the Oxford Group AA at this time had the message, recorded it in text book form, and became all inclusive never exclusive


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