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The AZ Secular AA Conference:
How it all got started

The Conference was held Saturday December 9, 2017 in Tempe, Arizona.

There is something about being in a room full of people united in a common purpose that evokes a sense of refuge.

For a handful of alcoholics from the Phoenix area this was felt in the fall of 2014 in Santa Monica California.

The occasion was the first international convention of agnostic, atheistic and freethinking members of Alcoholics Anonymous, an event which has since become memorialized in the local parlance as "Santa Monica."

Many of us have felt isolated to a degree having attended AA meetings of a religious flavor, not knowing if anyone else might also feel ill served by talk of divine intervention.
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Coming to Washington, D.C. Oct. 30 - Nov. 1, 2020 -
The 4th Biennial ICSAA Conference

The second biennial Arizona Secular AA Conference 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.

Among the committee members, sobriety ranged from days to decades—enthusiasm was not lacking when it came to hosting this get-together. Several of the committee members were veterans of the 2015 conference and their experience was advantageous. New members were excited to be a helpful part of the planning or the program panels.
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About Us

Our new name is Arizona Secular Alcoholics Anonymous. If you reached us via our old name please change your bookmark to

This website is an online presence to support the Arizona secular AA community, and to make AA in Arizona more inclusive.

In the foreword to the first edition of the book Alcoholics Anonymous can be found the sentence: "The only requirement for membership is an honest desire to stop drinking." No religious belief was required of prospective members who sought to get sober. The only change ever made to that sentence has been the deletion of the word honest.

Thus we believe that AA can be a program for recovery, and meetings a place of refuge for even those alcoholics who do not subscribe to conventional religious beliefs.

Our goal is to work toward an acceptance of AA meetings that "endeavor to maintain a tradition of free expression where alcoholics may feel free 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. In keeping with A.A. tradition, we do not endorse or oppose any form of religion or atheism. Our only wish is to ensure suffering alcoholics that they can find sobriety in A.A. without having to accept anyone else's beliefs, or having to deny their own" (from the Beyond Belief Meeting Format).

Alcoholics Anonymous claims as its origin (officially) the date of Doctor Bob's last drink (June 10, 1935), but the seminal incident was the meeting several weeks earlier between Bill and Bob at the Seiberling's gatehouse in Akron. Prior to their meeting, neither Bill nor Bob had been able to remain sober for long. Bill was about six months sober then but knew that he was on slippery ground. He had the crazy idea that he needed another drunk to talk to to stay sober much longer. More