Regarding Our Weekly Discussions Here

Hey friends!

We wanted to address a few concerns brought up during the business meeting regarding contributing to the discussions here, and why we may not have gained much traction:

Concern: Maintaining anonymity

One of our business meeting attendees brought up concerns around anonymity. Although the comment section does ask for your name and email, you are more than welcome to use a pseudonym, and your email is not accessible to anyone outside of those who maintain the site.

Of course, we will be keeping the emails completely private–and we’re maintaining the site updates and such so as to keep your information secure. You can always create a new Gmail account for free, if you’d like an extra layer of privacy, too.

Concern: Contentious comment sections

This is a very real concern–by now, most of us are familiar with the internet advice of “DO NOT READ THE COMMENTS,” and how things can get on internet forums. This is exactly why we put together the community guidelines. We highly recommend you give them a read, but at the core, they say: please don’t be a jerk.

Comments are moderated, and moderators reserve the right to delete any comments that violate those community guidelines (and/or change the content of the comment to, “I’m a buttttttttttttttttttt,” or something equally creative and mature because what’s moderation without a sense of humor?).

The goal is to create a safe space for us to speak on this site, which doesn’t mean hand-holding or lack of frankness, but creating a space in which people can share their experiences, strength, hope, and doubt (as all are a relevant part of sobriety and processing our experiences) freely.

We are doing everything we can to help protect you and make this space exactly that. If you have any questions or concerns, please come to the next Sunday Beyond Belief business meeting or grab me (Lizz!) after the meeting. If you’re feeling shy, you can also drop any questions/concerns in the comments below.


L & Your Secular AA Buds


The Portland Alano Club Recovery Art Walk Needs Artists Like You!

Just a quick reminder:

The Portland Alano Club is being transformed into a gallery and will be hosting an art walk on September 23rd, 2017, 7 PM – 9 PM.

If you’re an artist and would like to show (and possibly sell!) your work, please fill out the artist submission form on their website.

Hopefully we’ll see you there!

Weekly Beyond Belief Discussions

Hello all!

This is Lizz E., your resident site operator.

As mentioned in the Sunday Beyond Belief meeting, we’re going to start posting discussion topics based on the Beyond Belief book here and we’d love for you to contribute. One of the best things about our meetings, in my humble opinion, is the intelligence, compassion, and wisdom shared in our meetings, and we want to bring that to our site–for people who can’t make it to a meeting, who want to check in, or who simply want to benefit from shares in more way than one.

A few things to note:

  • We’ll be posting these three times a week.
  • You’ll have an opportunity to contribute in the comment section.
  • Comments will be moderated.
  • We ask that you take a look at our commenting guidelines before diving in. We want to make sure this is a safe and comfortable space for everyone to contribute, which means setting some reasonable guidelines regarding conduct.
  • Please keep your privacy in mind as you share. Of course, this is a public forum (far more public than any meeting), which means being mindful of what identifying details make it into what you share. I will be keeping an eye on things, but I am just one person, so I ask you to be proactive about protecting yourself and your privacy.

If you have any questions, please pop them in the comments below or grab me next Sunday. For those who aren’t as tech savvy: if you’re concerned about privacy or simply navigating the site, you can nab me for that, too. I’m happy to help!

Looking forward to seeing your contributions!