Retirement of the AA Beyond Belief Website

This is the final post for the website AA Beyond Belief. We started this site over five years ago at the urging of Roger C. from AA Agnostica, and it has without a doubt been the single greatest honor of my time in Alcoholics Anonymous. I’m grateful to Roger for his help and friendship over the past five years. 

Thank you to everyone who helped make this site possible. This was a group effort and the website has always belonged to the secular AA community. Soon, as they are ready to accept it, I will donate the AA Beyond Belief domains and all of the content with the exception of the podcast episodes to the Secular AA | ICSAA organization. 

My plan is to continue with the podcast which today was renamed the Beyond Belief Sobriety Podcast. The podcast has a new website beyondbeliefsobriety.com, and you can still download episodes wherever you get your podcasts. I will also continue live streaming every Friday night with Angela B. You can find us on the Beyond Belief Sobriety YouTube Channel, every Friday at 7:00 pm Central.

Podcasting is my love and joy and is where I want to spend my time. I’m not pretending that I’m any good at it, mind you, but I’m good enough to know that I can get good. If I had never been given this opportunity at AA Beyond Belief, I would have never discovered this passion which has totally transformed my recovery. 

So, until the content and domains are transferred to Secular AA | ICSSA, this site will remain as an archive. There is plenty of material to read and we get new visitors every day who discover the site and learn about secular AA meetings for the first time. If you are a new visitor, welcome. You are not alone there are thousands of us. Send me an email and I will help connect you with an online community of secular people in AA. 

I have loved every minute of my time here. I have no idea how many AA members from all over the world I’ve met since starting this website, but I do know that the experience has enriched my life and aided my recovery in ways that I may never completely understand.

See you around the interwebs, and if you like to listen to podcasts, please be sure to check out the Beyond Belief Sobriety Podcast.

Yours in love and service,

John S.

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PJ
PJ
2 months ago

It’s been a marvellous five years John; my secular sobriety has grown with the site over that time. From a remote and disconnected Australian with a shaky realisation of my atheism, the discovery of aabeyondbelief brought hope through the realisation that I was not alone. Now we are many, a fellowship of the like-minded. Contact with both you and Doris brought me into the fold, your gentle encouragement and understanding supported my realisation that there was nothing wrong with my atheism. You gave me the courage to honestly and openly declare myself in A.A. And I will be forever grateful… Read more »

John L.
John L.
2 months ago

John, Thanks for maintaining Beyond Belief, But, it may be time for you to move on. One suggestion: If you have not already done so, you should back up the entire site External solid-state drives are not expensive now, and I believe that there is software to enable you to do the backup.

Vince H
Vince H
2 months ago

Thanks John

How many retirements now, is this your twentieth?

Room for a few more?

Roger Choate
Roger Choate
2 months ago

Hi John! I’m a journalist. Let me know if I can be at all useful. Cheers, Roger Choate

John R
John R
2 months ago

John, I have to admit that I’m sad that the site is “retiring” (or at least this iteration, if ICSAA picks it up). I can’t say how many people I’ve given the URL to for learning about secular AA, but there must have been hundreds. Your contribution has been a tremendous value, and working with you on our Emotional Sobriety workshops has been great. I certainly understand the need to narrow your field of focus and reduce some of the workload! Best of luck in the future, and we at the Freethinkers Living Sober Group are grateful for you and… Read more »