Virtual ICSAA December 5, 2020

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The International Conference of Secular AA is meeting via Zoom on December 5, 2020, at 9:00 AM Pacific, 12:00 PM Eastern, 5:00 PM GMT. The doors will open thirty minutes before the official start time.  The conference is free and there is no need to register. There will be two conference rooms and a hospitality suite, so all you need to do is enter the Zoom ID and passcode for the room you want to enter. There will be events taking place simultaneously, but don’t worry if you can’t decide which room to visit, everything will be recorded so you can listen later. 

Schedule (All Times Eastern)

12:00 PM Beyond Belief Room (passcode 121212): George F. Koob, PhD: Alcohol Use Disorder in the Time of COVID-19: Challenges for AA. Dr. Koob is an internationally-recognized expert on alcohol and stress, and the neurobiology of alcohol and drug addiction. He is the Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), where he provides leadership in the national effort to reduce the public health burden associated with alcohol misuse.  Read more here: https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/about-niaaa/directors-page

12:30 PM: Beyond Belief Room (passcode 121212): A Discussion on Diversity in AA, (Special Purpose Groups: LGBTQ+, Young Peoples, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Women’s, Secular, and other). Tell us about starting your meeting.

1:00 PM Beyond Belief Room (passcode 121212) It Came from the Kitchen: Not an Outside Issue: Are Sexism and Gender Bias Keeping AA Stuck? with Marya Hornbacher, author Waiting: A Nonbeliever’s Higher Power, Beth H, Phoenix AZ, Heather CV, Los Angeles CA.

1:00 PM: OMAGOD Room (passcode 662463): Is it Ever Okay to Leave AA? Featuring Jon Stewart from the band Sleeper, John Huey from DC, and Vic Losick from New York, NY.

2:00 PM Beyond Belief Room (passcode 121212): Dr. George Kolodner, Kolmac Outpatient Recovery Centers, will speak on The Development of the IOP (Intensive Outpatient) Model as the Standard of Care for Substance Abuse Disorders and the evolution of telemedicine as part of that. is a board-certified addiction psychiatrist who specializes in the intensive outpatient (IOP) treatment of substance use disorders. He founded Kolmac Outpatient Recovery Centers in 1973. Today, he serves as the Chief Innovation Officer. He works to increase awareness of IOP and keep Kolmac on the cusp of leading-edge treatment for women and men. Also featuring Brian Gill a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and the Clinical Director of the Kolmac Outpatient Recovery Centers, who will speak on Sobriety in a Virtual World – the effects of social isolation on recovery.. Read more here https://www.kolmac.com/ and here https://www.kolmac.com/george-kolodner-md/ .

2:00 PM OMAGOD Room (passcode 662463) It Came from London: The “God” Word and a way forward for a secular voice in AA literature chaired by Barry, with Cyril, London AA Freethinkers, Antonia, Stonehenge AA Freethinkers Steps, and Brendan, Rainham AA Freethinkers

3:00 PM OMAGOD Room (passcode 662463) Alcohol and Pregnancy; Creating a Circle of Hope, by Kathleen T. Mitchell, MHS, LCADC has been working with the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) for over thirty-five years and is currently their Vice President and Spokesperson. She is a noted international speaker on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), Women and Addiction and Stigma. She holds a Master of Human Services (MHS) degree and is a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor (LCADC). She has served as project officer for many government projects that aimed to prevent FASD, reduce stigma and support families and individuals living with FASD.

3:00 PM Beyond Belief Room (passcode 121212): It Came from Our Past. What it was like...Hosted by Jackie B., 2022 Chair of the AA History Symposium, and featuring Chris Finan., author of Drunks: The Story of Alcoholism and the Birth of Recovery, AA History Panel, Bob K., author of Key Players in AA History, and William Schaberg, author of Writing the Big Book: The Creation of AA.

4:00 PM OMAGOD Room (passcode 662463): Entertainment and Afterparty hosted by comedian David S. from the Kansas City We Agnostics and Freethinkers Groups, and featuring a skit by the Hank Parkhurst Blackout Players, followed by post-program Q&A and discussion

“Is a Belief in God(s) Necessary for Sustained Sobriety?”
Written by Sri Rahm Ohio with assistance from TJ Green, Rick Hill and Terry Green ;

Theatrical adaptation Terry Green Ohio;
Director TJ Green Iowa;
Producer Terry Green;
Technical Director Tracy Coates Ohio;

Actors in order of appearance:

Mark the panel moderator. TJ Green Iowa;
Joel Holstein. Mega Church minister. Tracy Coates Ohio;
Jackie Black Recovery author. Leslie Ross Iowa;
Helmut Vin Schnitzel Clinical Psychologist. Michael Allen Ohio;
Grod. DanCoffey Thailand;
Zeus and Hera. Rick and Judy Hill. California

Secular AA Lounge (no passcode needed): Open throughout the conference. A place to ask questions or chat with friends.

Zoom ID’s and Passcodes

About Secular AA | ICSAA

Secular AA | ICSAA has a mission to assure suffering alcoholics that they can find sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous without having to accept anyone else’s beliefs or deny their own. The International Conference of Secular AA occurs every two years. The first conference in 2014 was known as We Agnosics and Freethinkers International AA Conference, the second conference in 2016 was known as the We Agnostics, Atheists, and Freethinkers International AA Conference, and since meeting in Toronto in 2018, the conference has been known as the International Conference of Secular AA.

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. david

    This was my first conference and the parts I could attend were truly awesome! Thanks to all who helped make this event possible, in particular under such trying circumstances.

    Question – I understand these sessions were recorded – when and where will they be released?

    Thanks again & be well all!

  2. Jay Mitchell

    Are the recordings of this available? I couldn’t get it but would love to hear or see the recorded version.

    1. John S

      Yes, we will be posting the audio on this site in the next day or two.

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