About Us

Beyond Belief and Secular Sobriety are registered groups of Alcoholics Anonymous with A.A. World Services and are listed with the Portland Area Intergroup

We are a Fellowship of AA members in the vicinity of Portland, Oregon, who maintain quality recovery in accordance with the principles, traditions  and history of Alcoholics Anonymous. Some of us are new to recovery, others have years, even decades, of continuous recovery in AA. Our meetings are open to anyone who desires to stop drinking. Amongst us are agnostics, atheists, freethinkers, humanists, Jews, Muslims  deists, Buddhists, Hindus, Native Americans, even Christians. We respect all beliefs as well as those without belief — we ask that you respect ours.

We adhere to the generic ethical, humanist and moral principles, which support the basic foundation of AA’s 12 Steps, 12 Traditions and 12 Concepts of Service. We use a number of different versions of the 12 Steps, which reflect the variety of wisdom traditions, which have evolved over time by members of our species from around the world.

AA Preamble

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others recovery from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Agnostics, Atheists & Freethinkers Preamble

This meeting endeavors to maintain strict adherence to the Third Tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous, which states, “The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking.”

We strive to conduct a meeting where alcoholics may feel free to express any doubts or disbeliefs and to share their own personal form of spiritual experience, their search for it, or their rejection of it.

In keeping with AA tradition, we do not endorse or oppose any form of religion, spirituality, agnosticism, atheism or freethinking.

Our only wish is to ensure suffering alcoholics that they can find sobriety and recover in Alcoholics Anonymous without having to accept anyone’s beliefs or having to deny their own.

The opinions and comments expressed are those of the individual AA members who post here only — they in no way are meant to reflect an endorsement of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. or the General Service Office of Alcoholics Anonymous.

“So long as there is the slightest interest in sobriety, the most unmoral, the most antisocial, the most critical alcoholic may gather about him a few kindred spirits and announce that a new group has been formed. Anti-God, these rampart individuals are still an AA group if they think so!” (Bill W., “Anarchy Melts,” Grapevine, July 1946)