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, and they the opportunity for people to immerse themselves in AA "without having to accept anyone else's beliefs or deny their own."

Five 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.



The five 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)
See:
  • An LA regional map shows the four locations at a birds-eye view
  • Individual detailed meeting descriptions (Sunday x 2, Tuesday x 2, Friday)
  • A short section "What Agnostic AA Meetings Are Like"
  • Links to other websites of interest in Agnostic AA
  • At the bottom of this blog, find pictures of each meeting building
MAP OF FIVE LOS ANGELES AREA MEETINGS 
(Click to Enlarge):



The Studio City meeting would actually be a little above the rest of the map (see "box").
Find "map buttons" at the meeting descriptions below.


* SUNDAY NIGHT (TWO MEETINGS) *
(1)
We Agnostics / Culver City / Sunday 8 pm
  • 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.  This meeting has been running since 1988.
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:  Meeting protocol online: here.
  Map.  (For building photos, see bottom of blog.)

(2)
We Agnostics of the Valley / Studio City / Valley / 8 pm

Held at a Unitarian Universalist church at 12355 Moorpark.  Head 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) *

(3)
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 in the community room of a Unitarian church   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 too 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.
  Finding it: There is no 15th Street here!  1515 Maple is basically 16th & Maple.  Across the street (west) from a big school athletic field. It's a white church.
  Parking: Church Parking Lot (but it may fill up; then street parking.)
  Map.  (For building photos, see bottom of blog.)


(4)
We Agnostics Speaker Meeting / Los Feliz (North Vermont) / Tuesday 730 pm

This group uses 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, on the Rodney Drive side, 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 a couple blocks west at Vermont. At night the BofA bank lot is a pay lot.
  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 *
(5)
Hollywood We Agnostics / Friday 830 pm

The only 90 minute 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 buildings 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 building.  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.

Insider's tips: 
  Driving:  NW corner of Sunset & Vermont.  Metro subway right here.  Good bus access via Sunset or via Vermont.
  Public Transit: Faces the Vermont/Sunset Metro Station; busses on Vermont or Sunset.
  Parking:  Street parking (you may have to search a block or two).  Indoor parking about $5.
  Secret Entrance:  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 About LA Meetings

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 usually include an introductory paragraph like this:
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!


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/ .  For example, find Orange County and San Diego and SF meetings here.

   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

US & World Agnostic Meetings
A list of secular "world meetings" including the 50 states is maintained by the NYC Agnostic AA group, here:  http://agnosticaanyc.org/worldwide.html
See also a different "Secular AA Meeting List," here.

WAAFT & WAAFT-IAAC
For an agenda of Day 2 of their November 2016 international conference in Austin, TX, see here.
I understand this organization might be adopting a shorter name, like "Secular" Alcoholics Anonymous.

LA Agnostic Meeting Business Cards
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  


IN CLOSING...

PICTURES OF LOS ANGELES MEETING BUILDINGS:

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SUNDAY - CULVER CITY LOOKS LIKE THIS:























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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 January 2017.