ICSAA 2022 will be on Zoom October 29th and 30th, 2022

THIS JUST IN: the International Conference of Secular AA will be virtual for 2022. Join us on Zoom, October 29th and 30th for panels, speakers and workshops. Sunday, October 30th we will be holding a general member’s meeting and you are invited – any AA member who identifies with secular AA (atheist, agnostic, humanist, freethinkers, skeptic, doubter, non-theist, pagan, etc.) is welcome to attend and vote.

Look for a proposed agenda no later than 60 days prior. We look forward to hearing bids from potential host cities for the next ICSAA in-person conference. We also need to rotate many of the ICSAA board members out and vote in replacements. Several members planned on rotating off our board (committee) at the 2020 general member’s meeting which was cancelled due to COVID.

Some history: In Santa Monica in 2014 we had our first gathering of secular AA – We Agnostics & Freethinkers International AA Conference (WAFTIAAC). There, members voted to hold the regular gathering of AAs who identify as atheists, agnostic etc. every two years. At the 2014 Santa Monica general members meetings, potential host city bids were presented by Toronto and Austin. Members voted to go to Austin in 2018 and to change our name to WAAFTIAAC, adding an “A” for atheists (We Agnostics, Atheists and Freethinkers International Conference of Secular AA.

In 2016 we voted to go to Toronto in 2018 and we changed the name to ICSAA (International Conference of Secular AA) and it’s been this way ever since. Washington was selected as the 2020 host. Due to COVID-19 we postponed to 2021, and then to 2022 and, with some regret, we voted to cancel a face-to-face gathering in 2022. ICSAA has been removed from our obligations by a very understanding Hyatt Regency Bethesda, where we looked forward to meeting everyone this Fall. Our AA General Service Conference met in-person for the first time since 2019. Of the trustees, area delegates and AA staff workers, 25 tested positive for COVID during the event; our COVID+ numbers climbed to 50 infections as delegated reported in upon their return from the Brooklyn NY gathering.  Because of this, and Omicron Variant expectations for the Fall in DC (CDC reporting), the prudent decision was to meet virtually and cancel our planned face-to-face gathering.

Contact us if you would like to participate in planning and running the ICSAA 2022 virtual conference. We need hosts, co-hosts, and people to organize panels, workshops or speaker meetings. Also, if you have any questions about your in-person booking for the Washington DC ICSAA, or anything else, we would love to hear from you. The committee will be refunding pre-paid registrations (The virtual conference will be free). The hotel will cancel your room. If you would like to visit DC anyway, by all means, call the hotel. Your room will be saved but the conference preferred rate would not apply.

Hear all about the history of ICSAA, our decision to go virtual for 2022 and meet members of the current board. If you’d like to get involved Geri, Carol, Cyril, Kurt and Joe will help inform your decision with their experience, strength, hope and ICSAA board experience. AUDIO ONLY: MEET THE ICSAA BOARD