Out of the Closet

It’s 8:35 p.m. on Saturday and the speaker has just suggested the topic “How God works in your life.” I settle back in my seat, preparing myself to be open to receiving the message of recovery. I’ve become very good at listening and finding a message. It’s rare that I walk away from an AA meeting without taking home a little hope.

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Saying Goodbye to My Home Group

I sometimes write just to let out whatever emotion is tying me up in inside, and when I do this, I don't plan or think too much about the words I choose, I just let it out. I've been doing this for most my life, probably for as long as I could write. My mind is a confused and disorganized place, so it helps when I put my thoughts and feelings down on paper. Often, when I look back at what I've written, I will gain some insight into what I'm feeling and maybe why.

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General Service

My experience with General Service began when I attended my first District Committee Meeting as the General Service Representative for my group. One of the interesting aspects of helping found an AA group, is that you get to wear a lot of hats during the group's early life, so in addition to representing our group at Central Office, I was also acting as the GSR, and as such, I would need to attend District Committee Meetings.

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How Do I Feel?

When I went to rehab in 2010 it didn’t feel like I walked through the doors at the main entrance. It felt like I crawled under those doors.I didn’t know what I was doing there. I didn’t know what had happened. But I knew I had somehow committed myself to staying for three weeks. I didn’t understand that, either.

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AA Conference Approved Literature

The term “Conference-approved” relates to literature and audiovisual material that is published by AA World Services, Inc, and has been approved by Conference for this purpose. “The term has no relation to material not published by GSO. It does not imply Conference disapproval of other material about AA. A great deal of literature helpful to alcoholics is published by others, and A.A. does not try to tell any individual member what he or she may or may not read.”

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Secular AA Conference in Olympia WA January 16, 2016

Secular people in AA will be gathering in Olympia Washington on January 16th for the Widening the Gateway AA Conference. The one day conference will be held at the 1st Christian Church located at 701 Franklin Street SE, Olympia Washington with the theme "Overcoming Barriers to Joining the AA Family".

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AA’s Sister Ignatia

St Thomas Hospital… (was) where the resourceful Sister Mary Ignatia, a nun who seems to have stepped out of The Bells of St. Mary, abetted the surreptitious admission of alcoholics for treatment. (Bill W. and Mr. Wilson, Matthew Raphael, P. 2-3)

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