Episode 1: Arizona WAAFT AA Conference

On this week’s podcast, we speak with Jerry F. from Phoenix, Arizona about the upcoming regional conference for agnostic, atheist and freethinking AA members in Arizona. The conference to be held on November 7, 2015 at the Burton Barr Central Library will feature speakers, panels, a skit and more.

Jerry is an energetic and positive person, and he was a lot of fun to interview. We hope you enjoy the conversation.

If you would like to learn more about the conference, you can visit their website WAAFT AAC-AZ Conference.

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Scott A.
Scott A.

ZOWWIEEEE! Good on you both… this is exciting “envelope pushing” stuff. I hope and trust the convention has been a great success…. and the podcasting is sounding great!N/p> In an effort to pursue “principles before personalities,” I have taken to quoting AAers with an “I heard it said…”, rather than “J. Doe told me…” -to avoid flavouring your take on “the message” with your impression of a personality (J. Doe). Still, I continued to footnote quotes from a wonderful (god loving) lady I had the good fortune to know early in recovery with “a gal who has been sober longer… Read more »

John S

Thank you Scott, I”m glad you enjoyed the podcast. The production quality wasn’t so great, but that will improve. I tried to edit out most of my comments because they just weren’t very good and Jerry was great! I will get better at editing and next time that I talk to someone, I will do more listening than talking. I can also get a better sound next time. So like everything in AA, we will get there and we will remember always it is progress not perfection that we are after. I appreciate your warm comments. I also like Dorothy’s… Read more »

Scott A.
Scott A.

I have a co-worker who often admonishes “make it good… NOT perfect,” and I tend to reply that he need not worry… we have the “not perfect” part down to a T. I believe some cultures, for instance, when weaving a blanket, will intentionally put it an “error” in the pattern, to ever be reminded of their (humble) humanness. I (obviously) don’t need to bother to “try” at that, as it comes so naturally!< \p> Somehow I confused the date of the Arizona conference (Nov 7th?) with October 7th and imagined it had already transpired. I momentarily thought it odd… Read more »

Thomas B
Thomas B

Congratulations John for the initial AA Beyond Belief podcast, and congratulations Jerry for coordinating the first regional gathering of secular AA members in Phoenix on November 7th.

This podcast, most adroitly produced, John, and, Jerry, the Arizona regional gathering of atheist & agnostic AA members are testimonials that we are moving upwards and onwards, as Roger is known to proclaim!~!~!