What is an atheists AA meeting?

An “atheists and agnostics” meeting is an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting like any other in that the primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.  Some AA meetings have a specialty in supporting some members who may struggle with typical meetings, for example women, gay and lesbian, people in health care or law enforcement, young people, minorities, and atheists.

A specialty meeting isn’t necessarily closed to people who do not identify with the target group.  The point of a specialty meeting is to attract members who may be better suited to supporting each other in ways that are difficult to find in regular AA meetings.  The main purpose remains sobriety and many specialty meetings welcome all AA members to attend and share their experience.

The We Agnostics group of Charlottesville

Mondays at 7:30 PM at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church

What we are

We stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety, using a secular format that does not promote any religious beliefs or concepts.  Our intent is inclusiveness and respect for all.  While we welcome newcomers to relate any struggles with traditional AA meetings, our focus is on alcoholism and recovery from it.

What we are not

We do not promote atheism or agnosticism and do not wish to silence or change anyone’s beliefs.  Our group does not criticize religion or religious AA members or meetings.  We do not exclude anyone who has a desire to stop drinking.

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