Group Conscious & The 7th Tradition
Posted 16 July 2008 - 07:37 PM
Another meeting I attend would never allow this. 7th Tradition money goes to support the meeting (rent, literature, coffee, cups, etc.), and anything left over goes to the WSO office.
My question: are there limits/guidelines in the literature (traditions, sanctioned literature) that could help guide how we can spend our money. Is a group conscious the way to decide this?
Posted 17 May 2010 - 07:18 AM
Posted 17 May 2010 - 07:26 AM
"It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are."
by E.E. Cummings
"It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else." By Regina Brett
Posted 17 May 2010 - 11:29 AM
this very issue was discussed in OA and, of course, we're a different program. How do we welcome nonbelievers among us when we're subsidizing a religion at its most basic core. Treats at coffee hour would be more neutral. It raises issues. Since ACA is a private group, no limits are present that would bar government aid. This whole topic is endlessly fascinating for me. My family were targets of religious persecution. Instinctively, I defend the minority view. I grew up in an extremely large metropolitan area and was exposed to many minority views. I am proud that I defend minority rights but my bias should be stated.
I was looking for another very recent post and could not find it under General or Newcomer discussions. This topic fell into my lap by accident. It is an old post that no one replied to it. It certainly got past me! I am curious that no one responded. I thought discussion of this might shed light on the Seventh Tradition and group conscious practice. It is bizarre the way I discovered it.
Posted 09 August 2010 - 11:51 AM
I found the answer in the BRB on pg609 under the topic Group Funds- Seventh Tradition-
"...fund/flow model is based on a 60/40 disbursement..."
And on pg608 the autonomy in Tradition Four is explained.
In observing the Traditions, I feel it's important that both Tradition 1 & Tradition 6 also be taken into consideration. The Traditions keep us united.
Edited by idigress, 09 August 2010 - 11:59 AM.
Posted 13 August 2010 - 12:07 PM
I hate it when people come across with black and white rules...
don't do that... you can't do this...!!!
[its in the laundry list....lol...]
we had a group conscience meeting once in my goo-
to change the venue for our meeting...
the reason was to have a space where members could
smoke during the meeting!
[now work that one out...]
I made up myown slogan: "we have the right to be wrong"
that gives us the freedom but not licence...
there is a subtle difference...
Posted 13 August 2010 - 02:10 PM
I am not neutral. It triggers me immensely. I've lived in communities where vigilance is maintained. My reaction is based on my triggers. Meetings in Manhattan or Mass or CA must have a different outlook than those in Bible Belt states. I'm active in a mainstream church now. Therefore, I am a beneficiary of missions that must be funded. As people have noted, I've been around for quite a while now. I'm at a loss for the fevered pitch of red/blue. I prefer compromises. My history makes me afraid of imposed religion. I recall people not calling me when my father died b/c I was a different religion. So it is safer to forget that I existed.
I don't know if this will be deleted. The tension about it is great.
Posted 14 August 2010 - 11:44 PM
I would seriously consider reviewing that action.
I disagree with populism where a simple straw vote will do away with individual
I agree with the right and necessity of discussing and debating issues
and trying at least to find common ground.
Posted 21 August 2010 - 03:58 PM
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