We Agnostics Boca Raton thinks it's possible to find and maintain sobriety without being forced to believe in any sort of supernatural "higher power."

We Agnostics Boca Raton (an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting)

Note: The meeting time has changed to 8:00pm … same location, same date.

We are an Alcoholics Anonymous group that meets in Boca Raton every Friday night at 8:00pm. For those unfamiliar with the area (get directions), we’re near the Boca Town Center Mall and a close drive from Deerfield Beach and Delray Beach.

We Agnostics Boca Raton thinks it’s possible to find and maintain sobriety without being forced to believe in any sort of supernatural “higher power.” Though all are welcomed, this meeting is designed to serve agnostics, atheists, free-thinkers, non-believers, rationalists, humanists … pretty much anyone who struggles with the concept of a supernatural higher power.

We are non-theists and non-theist friendly people. All are welcome in an OPEN AA meeting, including drug addicts and concerned persons.

The word Agnostic literally means one who rejects Gnosis, which is the claim that spiritual or mystical knowledge exists. At the other extreme, some Agnostics believe in God but assert that they do not comprehend what it is in which they believe.

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Meeting every Friday since 1986

Freethinkers who began to identify one another at regular Alcoholics Anonymous meetings held in Delray Beach in the 1980’s gradually discovered a mutual concern. Longtime sobriety was not evident among those who attended many of the local AA meetings. They also shared their feelings about being uncomfortable in the increasingly “higher power” centered meetings with heavy emphasis on sponsorship. These issues generated enough angst for members to seek a change, and the inspired alcoholics went into action.

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Interesting Facts About A We Agnostics Boca Raton Meeting

  • The meeting is casual and small, with no more than 25 people in attendance.
  • The meeting’s format, of the open discussion variety, is very non-traditional.
  • The topic for the evening is free-ranging, and not limited to alcohol abuse.
  • Most members of the group are without sponsors.
  • Many members have very long term sobriety.
  • You won’t hear the Lord’s prayer nor hold hands.
  • All are encouraged to share, limited to five minutes per person.

AA Without The Religion

There is an increasing number of groups within AA that are not religious in their thinking or practice. These groups don’t recite prayers at the beginning or ending of their meetings nor do they suggest that a belief in God is required to get sober or to maintain sobriety. If the readings at their meetings include AA’s suggested program of recovery, then a secular or humanist version of the 12 Steps is shared.

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Group Conscious

This group of A.A. attempts to maintain a tradition of free expression, and conduct a meeting where alcoholics may feel free to express any doubts or disbeliefs they may have, and to share their own personal form of spiritual experience, their search for it, or their rejection of it. We do not endorse or oppose any form of religion or atheism. Our only wish is to assure suffering alcoholics that they can find sobriety in A.A. without having to accept anyone else's beliefs or having to deny their own.

The Newcomer

Many have already embraced the concept of God and the 12 steps is easy for them to accept. However, the Program can also work effectively for Atheists, Agnostics, Humanists etc., as you will realize from many of us who have succeeded in using the AA program for long-term sobriety and learned to really enjoy the meetings and the fellowship.

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Language of the Heart

So long as there is the slightest interest in sobriety, the most unmoral, the most anti-social, the most critical alcoholic may gather about him a few kindred spirits and announce to us that a new Alcoholics Anonymous Group has been formed. Anti-God, anti-medicine, anti-our Recovery Program, even anti-each other — these rampant individuals are still an AA Group if they think so!

-Bill Wilson

Agnostic AA 12 Steps

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe and to accept that we needed strengths beyond our awareness and resources to restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to entrust our will and our lives to the care of the collective wisdom and resources of those who have searched before us.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to ourselves without reservation, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were ready to accept help in letting go of all our defects of character.
  7. With humility and openness sought to eliminate our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through meditation to improve our spiritual awareness and our understanding of the AA way of life and to discover the power to carry out that way of life.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.