THIS JUST IN: the International Conference of Secular AA will be virtual for 2022. Join us on Zoom, October 29th and…
The conference was held on December 9, 2017 in Tempe Arizona. Preparations began in August when a committee of volunteers drawn from several secular AA groups in and around Phoenix began a series of planning sessions.
Pam W. and Dorothy H. met at the We Agnostics meeting in Hollywood, California, where it's common to see out-of-town visitors who frequently comment on how refreshing they find the agnostic meeting format. Witnessing this, Dorothy and Pam began to ask one another if their group was really that unique. Could there be other agnostic AA meetings out there?
I agree, it ain’t broke. What I think instead is that it was never whole in the first place. So can we please fix it now? I’m just going to look at one issue. There’s too much to try and tackle it all at once. Let’s start by presenting an argument by Jeannie Young which I came across at trans4mind.com. She writes about women but most of it, and certainly the whole principle of her argument, applies to me as well (she is associated with another program, Women for Sobriety, but for now we just want to look at her argument as it pertains to AA, not at her program):
A paragraph from the “We Agnostics” chapter of the book Alcoholics Anonymous tells the reader: “Lack of power, that was our dilemma. We had to find a power by which we could live, and it had to be a Power greater than ourselves. Obviously. But where and how were we to find this Power?” This is precisely where The Big Book loses most non-believers. After having done a masterful job of identifying and describing the alcoholic, it then goes on to insist that the solution is one of spirituality and religious faith.
Secular people in AA will be gathering in Olympia Washington on January 16th for the Widening the Gateway AA Conference. The one day conference will be held at the 1st Christian Church located at 701 Franklin Street SE, Olympia Washington with the theme "Overcoming Barriers to Joining the AA Family".