Our Inclusive AA Concept
Initially, we thought that ours was a secular AA concept. On reflection, however we discovered that our philosophy is better conveyed by the term inclusive. This is primarily because many people have a concept of secularity which permits exclusion people with religious beliefs.
The most important aspect of our concept of inclusion is that it requires a rigorously open mind. In order to be truly inclusive, we believe we must include all shades and forms of believers, doubters, and skeptics in our group. Members must accept that any position of others, particularly with respect to spirituality and AA, is valid for them and must respect their position.
Our members have taken many different paths to sobriety and recognize that there is no single path that any person must take. We remain on different paths together.
Knowing vs. Believing
It is easy to confuse believing and knowing. Often, we say we know when, if we examined something very carefully, we actually believe rather than know. One might say "I know there isn't a God" when, in fact, what they are saying is that they believe there is no God. Knowing implies absolute truth, leaving no room for any other possibility while believing leaves room for other possibilities, although the believer may think other possibilities are so small as to be virtually zero.
Put simply: an openAAmind believes rather than knows.
Our Goal Within AA
We believe that the basic concept of AA is inclusive without any restrictions concerning belief or non-belief. We seek to evolve AA into a truly inclusive organization without the need for separate traditional and secular AA organizations. As we move towards this goal, a good indicator of our progress will be believers who attend "Secular AA" meetings and non-believers who attend "traditional AA" meetings.