We are a secular meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous located in the Brookside area of Kansas City, Missouri. We meet every Saturday night at 7:00 pm.
Our meeting format is secular which means we don’t open or close the meeting with a prayer. We believe this helps make for a more inclusive, and welcoming environment for everyone. This is also an open AA meeting and everyone is welcome to attend. You can bring a friend or loved one who supports your desire to stay sober. Anyone for that matter, who is interested in learning about AA is welcome to attend this meeting.
The meeting features speakers who talk about their experience with addiction to alcohol and/or other drugs, how they overcame their problem, and what they do to stay clean and sober. All speakers are AA members who meet the only requirement for AA membership—a desire to stop drinking. There is also an opportunity for audience participation for those who wish to ask questions or to comment on the speaker’s presentation.
We will record those speakers who consent to having their talk recorded, and we will post the recordings as a podcast to be available on this site and any platform where you access podcasts. This will provide visitors to our website with a good idea of what the meeting is like before they decide to attend, and it will make the meeting accessible for those who are unable to attend in person.
Please join us every Saturday at 7:00 pm at HJ’s Youth & Community Center located at 6425 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64113.
A Brief History of Atheists and Agnostics in AA
Atheists and agnostics have played an active role in the development of Alcoholics Anonymous from the earliest days of the Fellowship. The atheist, Jim Burwell was among the first ten members of Alcoholics Anonymous, and credited by AA’s co-founder Bill Wilson for helping make AA more inclusive. Jim was responsible for the phrase “God as we understood Him,” found in Sep Three, which at the time was a compromise to tamper down more religious language.
Hank Parkhurst was a strident atheist and an enthusiastic capitalist. If not for Hank, the book Alcoholics Anonymous might never have been published. It was his idea to create a publishing company to sell the book, a company which would later evolve into what we know today as AA World Services.
Throughout AA’s history there have been atheists and agnostics contributing to and building the Fellowship. In 1975, the first AA meeting for agnostics and atheists was started in Chicago by Don W. In the 1980’s AA meetings for atheists and agnostics took hold in California, New York, and Texas. Today, there are some 400 AA meetings for atheists and agnostics found in countries all over the globe.
To learn more about the history of atheists, agnostics, and freethinkers in AA, visit the website AA Agnostica where you will find all of the chapters to Roger C.’s excellent book, A History of Agnostics in AA.