W&C Sam Shoemaker Community

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Before AA was founded, its pioneer members came to recovery through the Oxford Group, originally known as “A First Century Christian Fellowship.” AA Co-Founder Bill Wilson wrote that nearly all the principles he later formulated into the 12-Steps had been passed on to him through Dr. Sam Shoemaker, an Episcopal priest, author, and leader of the Group in America. This original program profoundly changed so many of its first one hundred members that it resulted in recovery rates far higher than those we are witnessing today. Two Way Prayer, and the Four Standards of Absolute Honesty, Purity, Unselfishness, and Love formed the heart of their life changing program. Early AA members considered them essential for recovery.

Our Vision: A growing community where Christ and recovery are shared and the lives of addicts transformed.

Our Principles:

+ We draw closer to God and to one another through the practice of Two Way Prayer and the Four Standards of Absolute Honesty, Purity, Unselfishness, and Love

+ We follow the ancient, monastic tradition of carrying the Good News to those living on the edges of society - be they spiritual, social, or economic

+ We practice “the spirituality of descent” known as kenosis; the same “self-emptying” found in the mind of Christ and at the heart of the 12-Step journey

+ We keep alive for new generations the Christian roots of the 12-Steps through our personal Service Fields to which we are called

Sam Shoemaker Community is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. For more information, download the Sam Shoemaker Tri-Fold Brochure or contact The Rev. Bill Wigmore.

Visit us: SamShoemakerCommunity.org