Sunday, March 6, 2016

Overview of Agnostic AA in Los Angeles

Los Angeles "agnostic" AA groups have always stayed close to AA as a whole, while providing the opportunity for people to immerse themselves in AA "without having to accept anyone else's beliefs or deny their own."  Several groups around the city and region share members, keep in touch with each other, and provide access to a very active and helpful approach to AA.



Active Agnostic AA groups meet in Los Angeles:
  • Sunday Night Culver City (8 pm)
  • Sunday Night Studio City (Valley) (8 pm)
  • Tuesday Evening Santa Monica (7 pm)
  • Tuesday Evening Hollywood/Los Feliz (7:30 pm)
  • Friday Evening Hollywood (8:30 pm)

DECEMBER 2016:  AGNOSTIC AA POTLUCK 
December 16, 2016, Friday, 630-830 at Friday Night Hollywood Meeting
Followed by Keynote Speaker Merle.

This website continues by including:
  • Descriptions of each meeting (Sunday, Tuesday, Tuesday, Friday)
  • A short section "What Agnostic AA Meetings Are Like"
  • An LA regional map showing the four locations birds-eye view
  • Some other websites of interest in Agnostic AA
  • At the bottom, find pictures of each meeting building


SUNDAY NIGHT (TWO MEETINGS)

We Agnostics / Culver City / Sunday 8 pm

This group, started in 1988, meets at the multi group self help facility "SHARE" in Culver City, where the 405/Jefferson/Centinela/Sepulveda all cross and just a few blocks south of the Fox Hills Mall.  The address is 6666 Green Valley Circle, Culver City, CA 90230.

The meeting is in a large room on the second floor.  Meetings are an hour long, with a brief lead speaker (5-10 min) and then open sharing.

Insider's tips:
Driving:  For extra driving tips, here.
Parking: Always plenty of free on site parking.
Flyer:  For a printable one-page flyer, here.
Protocol:  See the full protocol for this meeting online here.
Map.  For building photos, see bottom of blog.



We Agnostics of the Valley / Studio City / Valley / 8 pm

Held at a Unitarian Universalist church at 12355 Moorpark; go Upstairs for Room 9.
The location is just a few blocks from the Laurel Canyon Exit off the 101.
This meeting is listed in the San Fernando Directory (here).
Google Map, click here.
Picture map, click here.



TUESDAY NIGHT (TWO MEETINGS)

Westside We Agnostics / Santa Monica / Tuesday 700 pm

This group is one of the largest in Los Angeles, often with over 30 in attendance.  It meets at a Unitarian church in the community room.   The address is 1515 Maple Street, near the intersection of Ocean Park Blvd and 16th Street.  Ocean Park runs E-W a few blocks south of Pico.

Insider's Tips:
Driving: Not far south from the 10.  From the 10, south on Lincoln, east on Ocean to 16th.  Or South on Bundy, west on Ocean to 16th.  Short block north on 16th St to 16th & Maple.
Orientation Tip: There is no 15th Street here!  1515 Maple = basically 16th & Maple.  Across the street (west) from a big school athletic field.
Parking: Church Parking Lot (but it may fill up; then street parking.)
Map.  For building photos, see bottom of blog.

We Agnostics Speaker Meeting / Los Feliz (North Vermont) / Tuesday 730 pm

This group fills a large community room at the church at 4607 Prospect Ave in the Los Feliz area, close to where Hollywood Blvd crosses North Vermont.  (Reach the Gandhi Room from the door at the northeast corner of the church building, via Rodney Drive toward the back.)

There are also many coffee places and restaurants northbound on Vermont Ave from this area.  The "speaker" is a ten minute lead.   

Insider's tips: 
Driving:  One block north, two blocks east from Hollywood & Vermont.
Orientation: Can't miss it; big church in residential zone.
Parking:  For extra parking tips, please click here.   Street parking can be dicey, but pay lots are $5.
Secrets: The bathroom is the tiny door in the back of the room.
Dog friendly.
People often go out for dinner nearby after the meeting.
Map.   For building photos, see bottom of blog.

FRIDAY NIGHT HOLLYWOOD

Hollywood We Agnostics / Friday 830 pm

The only hour and a half meeting, this group is one of the granddaddy of Agnostic AA in Los Angeles.  Its free spirited meetings have shifted around the Kaiser Sunset hospital complex since 1985.

The meeting is currently at 1515 North Vermont, which is the NW building at the intersection of Sunset/Vermont.  It is a Kaiser hospital buildings.  Enter (by car or foot) via the parking ramp, enter on the south or Sunset Blvd. side of this building.  Inside the parking area, walk right to the "Conference Center" entrance.  Through the Conference Center doors, the meeting will be easy to find.   There is great public transit at this intersection (including subway), but on-street parking can be a block or two away.

Insider's tips: 
Driving:  NW corner of Sunset & Vermont.  Metro subway right here.  Good bus access via Sunset or via Vermont.
Parking:  Street parking (you may have to search a block or two); but also indoor parking $5.
Secret Entrance; As above, enter via parking ramp driveway (on Sunset side), skew right looking for the Conference Center double doors.
Map.  For building photos, bottom of blog.

For More Information

For more information, see the AA Agnostica Website at   http://aaagnostica.org/  

For the local Los Angeles Central Office, where all these meetings are listed, call 323 936 4343 or www.lacoaa.org .


WHAT AGNOSTIC AA MEETINGS ARE LIKE

Meetings typical include this introductory paragraph or a similar one:

The We Agnostics Group maintains a tradition of free expression.  We neither oppose any religion nor endorse it.    We neither endorse atheism nor oppose it.   Our only wish is to assure you that anyone may achieve recovery in AA without having to accept anyone else's beliefs or deny their own.
At the end of the meeting we will have a moment of silence, and on the count of three, repeat the AA responsibility pledge:  "When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of AA always to be there, and for that, I am responsible."

We hope to see you at one of our meetings soon!


MAP OF FOUR LOS ANGELES AREA MEETINGS (Click to Enlarge):




The Sunday Studio City meeting would be just off the top of this map.


SOME OTHER WEBSITES OF INTEREST

AA Agnostica Website
For the most extensive website with information on Agnostic AA nationally and internationally, see
   http://aaagnostica.org/ .  
   Books on agnostic/humanist AA, see here. 

AA Beyond Belief
 http://www.aabeyondbelief.com/

California Agnostic Meetings
For a listing of all 38 Agnostic AA meetings in California, see  http://www.agnosticaanyc.org/worldwide.html#California

World Agnostic meetings
A list of "world meetings" including the 50 states is maintained by the NYC Agnostic AA group, here:  http://agnosticaanyc.org/worldwide.html

WAAFT
The "We Agnostics, Atheists, and Freethinkers in Alcoholics Anonymous" or WAAFT has an extensive home page here - www.waaft.org  .  
For an agenda of Day 2 of their November 2016 international conference in Austin, TX, see here.  
I understand this organization is in the process of adopting a shorter name, related to "Secular" Alcoholics Anonymous.

For a sheet of "LA Agnostic Business Cards" with all four meetings, which can be printed on Avery 5371 blank card stock, here.



Agnostic/AA/Freethinkers Conventions
2014:  October 2014, Santa Monica, California (Yay!)
2016:  November 2016, Austin, Texas.  
2018: Planned for August 24-25-26, 2018, in Toronto, Canada.  www.waaft.org
They also run a YouTube channel, here.

History of LA Agnostic AA
For a history of Los Angeles Agnostic AA in the form of a memorial for the late Charlie Polacheck, here.

Short URL for THIS webpage:
http://tinyurl.com/AgnosticLA  







PICTURES OF LOS ANGELES MEETING BUILDINGS:

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SUNDAY CULVER CITY LOOKS LIKE THIS:






















SUNDAY STUDIO CITY LOOKS LIKE THIS:

Unitarian Church at 12355 Moorpark.













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TUESDAY SANTA MONICA LOOKS LIKE THIS:






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TUESDAY LOS FELIZ LOOKS LIKE THIS:

Enter rear door off Rodney St (near side palm tree in pic).
For extra parking tips click here.






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FRIDAY HOLLYWOOD 830pm-10pm LOOKS LIKE THIS:

1515 North Vermont (Kaiser Bldg), at Vermont & Sunset, NW corner.  
Enter parking ramp (by car or foot) on south face of the building (e.g. from Sunset).
Then, walk right to the "Conference Center" double doors and through them.  
Street parking may be a block or two away; inside ramp parking is $5.
Be careful of old information sources which will have incorrect addresses.
Verified March 2016.