In their classic 1992 text, The Spirituality of Imperfection, Ernie Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham described six dimensions of spirituality at the core of the recovery experience: release, gratitude, humility, tolerance, forgiveness, and being-at-home. In my prolonged mentorship by and collaborations with Ernie, we often returned to those central themes. The essence of the addiction experience(……)

Ernest Kurtz, the Harvard-trained historian best known for his landmark works on the history of Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.), spirituality, shame, and the growing varieties of addiction recovery experience, died on January 19, 2015.  The published biographical essay, obituary, and tribute I penned following Ernie’s death reviewed our prolonged collaborations and identified the import of his(……)

One of the distinctive voices within the modern history of addiction recovery is that of Harvard-trained historian Ernie Kurtz.  Spanning the 1979 publication of his classic Not-God: A History of Alcoholics Anonymous to the just-released Experiencing Spirituality (with Katherine Ketcham), Kurtz has forged a deep imprint in studies of the history of A.A. and other(……)