Why does AA use the Serenity Prayer?
Why does AA use the Serenity Prayer? Where did it's use start?
According to the AAWS book "AA Comes of Age" the use of the prayer in AA began in 1942 when a New York member named Jack saw it used in a New York Herald Tribune obituary. He brought it to the newly created GSO office in Manhattan. According to Bill W.'s recollection "Never had we seen so much A.A. in so few words."
Then someone suggested that the prayer be included in all of the GSO's outgoing mail. They contacted a printer in the fellowship in DC by the name of Henry S. and he printed 500 copies for free.
Bill recalled that "With amazing speed, the Serenity Prayer came into general use and took its place alongside our two other favorites, the Lord's Prayer and the Prayer of St. Francis."
As the fellowship has grown less inclined toward the Christian faith use the fairly "non-Biblical" Serenity Prayer has grown to surpass the other two prayers and become the standard prayer in AA.