Coming to Toronto in August

The second biennial Arizona Secular AA Conference recap

Tempe Public Library

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.

None of the veterans had gotten drunk in the intervening two years since the first conference, but one beloved instigator was lost with the passing of Ann M., a co-founder in 2014 of Phoenix's very first secular AA meeting. 

Ann's mantra was simple and inspiring— "Well, they told me I would either get God or get drunk, and after more than forty years I'm still waiting to find out which will happen."

As it turned out neither was to happen.

The venue for the 2015 conference had been a meeting room at the Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix. This year we had to find another location because, unfortunately for Phoenix library patrons but fortuitously for us, the Burton Barr Library closed for nearly a year to repair water damage indirectly related to the 2017 summer monsoon. Little was it known that attendance at the 2017 conference was destined to be more than double the 39 that attended in 2015, and that the Burton Barr meeting room, packed as it was in 2015, would have been a standing-room-only disaster.

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I am responsible.
When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help I want the hand of AA always to be there, and for that I am responsible.

(Known as the Responsibility Statement, it was written for the 1965 A.A. International Convention in Toronto by former AA trustee, Al S. Many secular AA groups choose to use it instead of the Lord's Prayer to close their meetings.)

About Us

WAAFT stands for We Agnostics, Atheists, and Freethinkers. provides 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).

The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking.

Our membership ought to include all who suffer from alcoholism. Hence we may refuse none who wish to recover. Nor ought A.A. membership ever depend upon money or conformity. Any two or three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation.

Bill's explanation of the Third Tradition:

“So long as there is the slightest interest in sobriety, the most unmoral, the most anti-social, the most critical alcoholic may gather about him a few kindred spirits and announce to us that a new Alcoholics Anonymous Group has been formed. Anti-God, these rampant individuals are still an AA Group if they think so!”

    —Published in the July 1946 issue of The Grapevine