Austin AA Convention – Outreach

By Ken S.
Convention Outreach Committee

Greetings!

Please come and join us and other secular members of AA from around the world at our second We Agnostics, Atheists and Free Thinkers (WAAFT) International AA convention in Austin, Texas on the weekend of November 11 – 13, 2016.

We are part of the growing and evolving Fellowship within AA of people who have no beliefs or different beliefs from traditional, religion-oriented AA.

All are welcome.

The theme of our convention is: “Human Power Can Relieve Our Alcoholism. May You Find Us Now”.

Together, we’ll share our experience, strength and hope.

The Speakers and Program committees are now discussing topics, keynote speakers, and moderators for the many sessions that will take place during the convention. To that end, we need your help.  We are open to any suggestions about the convention speakers, panels and workshops. And we would hope that you would be willing to be a member of any suggested panel or the moderator of a suggested workshop. Just complete the form below if you have specific topics you’d like to see discussed at the convention.

As well, we’ll have lots of sober fun in Austin, a vibrant, progressive community in the heartland of Texas, renowned for it’s cuisine, hospitality and being the live music capital of the world.

Please visit our web site, WAAFT IAAC, for more details and booking information.

Also and importantly you can help spread the word. We don’t have a huge budget to promote this event and are relying heavily on our active members doing some of this work for us. Please copy/print flyers from the website and put them on notice boards, meeting literature tables etc.

We’re looking forward to seeing you in Austin!

And now here’ s the form for your input:

My Favorites!

Speakers

Who are the speakers you would like to hear at the Austin Convention? You can list up to three, with your favorite first!

Panels

What are the panels you think would be the best? Again, list up to three, with your favorite first!
 

Workshops

There were plenty of workshops at Santa Monica and a wide variety of topics and moderators. Your favorite topics?

Now, tell us a bit about yourself:

Participation!

By Nick H.
Austin Host Committee

November 2016 will be upon us soon.  All of us at WAAFT, especially the host committee in Austin are busy putting together what we hope to be a fun and interesting 2nd WAAFT International AA Conference, on November 11, 12 & 13, 2016.  Tickets are now available at WAAFT IAAC.  Tickets purchased in the next 3 months, until July 31, will receive a discounted price of $30 a day, $90 for all three days. The price will increase as the date draws closer.

The venue committee is pleased to announce the Crowne Plaza Hotel as the site of convention activities. The Crowne Plaza offered us a great room rate in addition to excellent facilities for the convention. There is a large ballroom for main gatherings. Up to 10 smaller conference rooms for round the clock AA meetings, as well as special topic sessions and workshops are also available. The hotel, located in north central Austin, has a restaurant, outdoor pool, and 24 hour fitness center on site.  Several good quality eateries are within walking distance, and many others a short drive away.  The host committee will be offering interesting excursions to several Austin tourist attractions.

Go to the following link to book your rooms:  Free Thinkers Int’l AA. The Group Code – AFT – should automatically be entered.  As we are anticipating a high demand, please book your rooms as early as possible.

Since Austin is known as the Live Music Capital of the US, we felt that for a truly Austin experience lots of live music should be part of the convention.  We are currently in contact with several sober Austin Musicians to provide musical interludes during meal times and between speaker sessions.

The Speakers and Program committees are now discussing topics, keynote speakers, and moderators for the many sessions that will take place during the convention. We are open to any suggestions about the convention speakers, panels and workshops. And we would hope that you would be willing to be a member of any suggested panel or the moderator of a suggested workshop. Please complete the form above or email us at  suggestions@waaftiaac.org.

Topics that have already been approved by the program committee but do not have panel or workshop leaders assigned include:

  • Starting a Secular AA Meeting
  • Freedom from Fear, Coming out in Traditional AA
  • Yoga and Recovery
  • Spirituality, an Enhancement of or an Escape from Reality
  • Carrying the Message to Agnostics, Atheists and Free Thinkers/ Primary Purpose
  • Agnostic, Atheist and Free Thinker Alanons
  • Young People’s Meeting
  • Avoiding Relapse
  • Agnosticos, Ateos, Libre Pensadores (reunion en Espanol)
  • Newcomers Meeting
  • Mental Health Issues and Recovery

Worldwide agnostic, atheist, and freethinker groups will be offered the opportunity to hold their AA meetings during the convention as was the case at the Santa Monica convention last year, using the format of their local group. Please contact us at suggestions@waaftiaac.org if your group is interested in sponsoring a meeting.

We’re doing everything possible to make our second convention a great event. This will be the largest gathering of agnostics, atheists and freethinkers in Alcoholics Anonymous ever held.  We’ll provide regular updates in the near future as to the planned speakers and workshop topics.

We look forward to seeing y’all in Austin this November of 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.


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Austin AA Convention – Outreach — 2 Comments

  1. This is on my Wish List (not prayer). I think I need to do this convention. Being recovering in South Georgia for 33 years it is hard for me to imagine others that don’t believe in the “God could and would” mind set! And to be in Austin where it doesn’t matter who’s there, Bob Wills is still the King!

  2. Thank you Roger, Ken and Nick for eliciting suggestions for the Austin convention program from the general membership of the secular AA fellowship. This will help insure that the program represents the group conscience of what our membership wants not just the views of the current eight individuals on the BOD & the program committee.

    I salute you for being examples of how we in the secular AA fellowship can cooperatively work together towards common goals instead of only fostering our own different at times views.

    I look forward to joining with all members of the secular AA fellowship in Austin despite our different beliefs or lack of beliefs in accordance with AA’s code of love & tolerance.