The term “convenience” meeting is not common vernacular even in our besieged area. However, if you used it in a casual conversation with anyone familiar with the situation they would quickly understand what you were referring to and do so without much explanation on your part. You see we used to have about 200 meetings in our area in the 1980’s. They were primarily at 8:00 some noon time ones and early morning ones. Once the flood started we immediately saw the evening groups split into “early” meetings (5:30 or 6:00 usually) and the 8 PM meetings. The number of noon time meetings increased and weekend meetings did the same. We now have 361 registered meetings. Many of the meetings also split into two groups after the opening readings. All of this leads to very watered down AA. some meetings get so weak that they have little member participation. They have the readings, then a few people share and then you sign the slips and go home. The whole meeting with 20 people in attendance lasts 40 minutes! That includes 15 minutes of readings, announcements and other opening items. Hence my (and some of my associates) term “convenience”..........
I have visited many of the anti AA websites. Orange Papers, Stop the 13th step, stinkin’ thinkin’ and morerevealed seem to be the ones that come to mind. They are a great source for how “AA as a whole” is being damaged by the affiliation (I refuse to say cooperation) with the courts. As to the links you were kind enough to share with me, they also prove my point.
The issue of predator behavior is a very sad one indeed. It used to be a correctible problem because everyone in the meeting had a alcohol problem that they had a desire to do something about. If a man (or a woman) was preying on a newer member you could just point out to them that what they were doing was wrong, would likely lead to one of you drinking and was harmful to AA as a whole. The offender would not want to damage his or anyone else’s chance at sobriety and would usually adjust his behavior based on self interest. Now these creeps don’t care about the younger member, they don’t care about their own sobriety and they sure don’t care about AA.”
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PS Our thanks to this member (US) for their contribution to the debate