Online AA meetings are a great option for those who are not able to attend a face-to-face meeting, or who enjoy the convenience of logging into a meeting from the comfort of their home. These meetings are particularly helpful to those of us who prefer a secular format—an AA meeting without group prayers and that welcomes an agnostic and atheistic perspective. And though, the number of secular AA meetings has increased significantly over the past few years, these meetings still make up only a tiny fraction of all available AA meetings. In fact, most AA’s don’t have the option of attending a secular meeting, and many more don’t even know they exist. The online meetings listed on the Secular AA website offer a vital lifeline to the still suffering alcoholic as well as for those people in AA who are put off by the god bit.
The technology used for online meetings can vary. There are audio/video meetings that use the conferencing service Zoom, which is super easy to use and provides excellent quality. When using Zoom, a meeting attendee can call in on their cell phone, landline, they can use a tablet, laptop or desktop. The video is completely optional, so if a person doesn’t feel comfortable on camera, it’s totally okay to keep the camera off. AA Beyond Belief offers its Zoom account for anyone interested in hosting a meeting. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you set up. After you get the meeting going, be sure to list it on the Secular AA website.
The Skype meetings are among the longest running of the online meetings and only require the Skype software and that’s it. These meetings prefer that callers not use video because it helps improve the quality of the call. You can read about one of the Skype meetings in this article posted at AA Beyond Belief in 2016: Secular AA Beginners Meeting on Skype.
Another audio/video option is the website In the Rooms which offers a secular AA meeting hosted by the Orlando secular AA group Our Mostly Agnostic Group of Drunks (OMAGOD). This meeting has been going on for a couple of years now and is quite popular. It’s a larger meeting than the Zoom or Skype meetings and it’s just as easy to use as Zoom or Skype. All you need to do is create an account on In the Rooms and you are set.
In addition to the audio/video meetings, there are also google groups and email groups that provide support for the person who is seeking a secular experience in Alcoholics Anonymous.
Secular Saturday: Meets at 1:00 pm Eastern Time, every Saturday afternoon.
Secular Sunday: Meets at 1:00 PM Eastern Time, every Sunday afternoon.
Sober She Devils Secular Women’s Meeting: 9:00 PM Eastern Time, every Monday evening.
Manic Monday: Meets at 12:00 PM Paris Time every Monday afternoon.
Beginner’s Step Meeting: Every Sunday at 7:00 PM Eastern Time.
Living Sober Meeting: Every Wednesday at 7:00 PM Eastern Time.
Sober Tuesday: Email for information.
In the Rooms
Our Mostly Agnostic Group of Drunks: Every Thursday at 9:00 PM Eastern Time. You will need to create a free account at the In the Rooms Website
Secular AA Website
Visit the Secular AA Website for a complete and updated listing of the online secular AA meetings.
Online Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous
For a listing of other online AA meetings, visit the website for the Online Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous.