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Before we can make the world we want, we need to be honest with ourselves about the world (and people) as it is (they are)
Much to our relief, we discovered we did not need to consider another's conception of God.
When, therefore, we speak to you of God, we mean your own conception of God. This applies, too, to other spiritual expressions which you find in this book. Do not let any prejudice you may have against spiritual terms deter you from honestly asking yourself what they mean to you
I've been to many meetings (my rough estimate is 3042) and at nearly all of those we refuse to allow the Lord's prayer. The whole group exercises that tradition 2 you referred to and determines that we don't want to use it since it is tied to Christianity. We don't really give much consideration to an individual's expressed faith. (or lack thereof)
To be fair, there is wide variation across the whole of the fellowship, so as always YMMV
There has always been a large contingent within (and outside of) the AA fellowship that hoped AA would be a tool to get us heathens back into the church. The woman who introduced the founders was one such person, and there have been many throughout the history of the fellowship.
But it hasn't worked, despite the seeming evidence. It is possible, even easy, to attend meetings and practice the program without having to indulge in thinly disguised Christianity. FWIW, it's also possible to be both an Atheist and an AA member.
The often overlooked key is to let each member define what the word "God" means. Its a founding principle