Agnostics, atheists and freethinkers aren’t new to AA; we’ve been around since the beginning. In fact, when the book Alcoholics Anonymous was first written, it was an atheist by the name of Jim B. who suggested the phrase “God as we understood Him” be written into the Twelve Steps. In the following decades, AA co-founder Bill W. praised this contribution and credited atheists with “widening the gateway to recovery for all regardless of their beliefs or lack of belief.”
Many people struggle with the language and culture of mainstream AA where it is not uncommon for meetings to end with the lord’s prayer and “god talk” is simply part of the accepted culture. Secular AA recovery meetings have been in existence for several decades and continue to spread throughout the world. At these meetings we encourage an atmosphere of non-judgemental free expression regardless of belief or disbelief in supernatural intervention. People are encouraged to express any doubts or disbeliefs they may have, and to share their own personal form of spiritual experience, their search for it, or their rejection of it. We do not endorse or oppose any form of religion or atheism. Our only wish is to assure suffering alcoholics that they can find recovery in AA without having to accept anyone else’s beliefs or having to deny their own.
The first international convention for agnostics, atheists and freethinkers in AA was held in November of 2014 in Santa Monica, California. The convention was a huge success in bringing together our community and in furthering the primary purpose of Alcoholics Anonymous.
The next (2nd) convention will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Austin, Texas from November 11 – 13, 2016. There will be speakers, workshops, panel discussions, books, meetings, food, fun, and fellowship.
The Theme for this years convention is;
“Human Power can relieve our Alcoholism – May You Find Us Now“.
It’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded AA’s from around the world. You can learn more at the www.waaftiaac.org website.
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