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Please discuss any (or all) of these items with your group and write down your thoughts. This form will also be made available on www.ct-aa.org, both digitally and in PDF to print. There are several ways to submit this form: (1) at the Pre-Conference Assembly in person; (2) emailing the form directly to the Area Delegate at email@example.com; (3) providing this form to your District Committee Member (DCM) who can then pass the form along to the Area Delegate or; (4) digitally on www.ct-aa.org. Come to the Pre-Conference Assembly, which is an annual event where the AA membership throughout Connecticut shares their thoughts and viewpoints on agenda items brought forward to the General Service Conference to help prepare the delegate. The Pre-Conference assembly is Saturday, March 28 at the Pitkin Community Center in Wethersfield.
Use the Comments sections to share the discussion/questions/comments of your group.
1. A proposed agenda item was submitted from AA members in California to change the title of Living Sober to Living Sober: How Not to Take the First Drink, in order to emphasize the usefulness of the booklet to newcomers. Upon discussing this with your group, what are some reasons either for or against this proposal?
2. On page 17 of the pamphlet titled Frequently Asked Questions about AA (PDF can be found at https://www.aa.org/assets/en_US/p-2_faqAboutAA.pdf), there is a section with a heading titled: “What does membership in AA cost?” Below that subheading are three paragraphs. There is an agenda item to either delete the second paragraph or to replace it with the second [full] paragraph on page 7 of the pamphlet Self-Support: Where Money and Spirituality Mix (a PDF can be found at: https://www.aa.org/assets/en_US/f-3_selfsupport.pdf). The reason for wanting to replace the paragraph in question is its inclusion of language regarding paying for “coffee, sandwiches, cakes or whatever else might be served” in a pamphlet with a purpose of information anyone interested in AA about what AA is [even if not an AA member.] Upon discussing with your group, what are some reasons either for or against this proposal?
3. Many service committees have a “workbook” to provide guidance in carrying out the committee’s function. (For example, the Public Information workbook can be found here: https://www.aa.org/assets/en_US/M-27i_PubInfWorkbk.pdf). There are many other committees that have workbooks. This includes (but is not limited to) Cooperation with the Professional Community, Treatment, and Corrections. A proposal has been made to create a workbook for Bridging the Gap. For information on Bridging the Gap, please see the Bridging the Gap pamphlet: https://www.aa.org/assets/en_US/p-49_BridgingTheGap.pdf. The proposal in question is to create a longer workbook, like the other committee workbooks that exist, in addition to the existing Bridging the Gap pamphlet. Upon discussing with your group, what are some reasons either for or against this proposal?
4. “A podcast is a digital form of radio. It is essentially a recording that you can listen to through the internet or an app. There are [no] podcasts… by AA World Services or the General Service Board.” -Direct quote from the letter submitted by Southeastern New York, proposing that developing a plan to create an AA podcast be considered. Upon discussing with your group, what are some reasons either for or against this proposal?
5. There are several publications available from AA World Services, Inc. which address the matter of anonymity. There is a proposal to create “a new form of communication, beyond pamphlets and posters and service pieces… to address anonymity in social media.” -Direct quote from the letter submitted by Area 29 (Maryland). The letter describes the matter of anonymity on social media as a serious problem which threatens the common welfare of AA and has been persisting, despite the development of various service pieces. The proposal does not spell out what exactly this new form of communication would be, but simply expresses the feeling that there is still a need as the current materials are not enough. Upon discussion with your group, what are some reasons either for or against this proposal?
6. There have been four editions of the English version of Alcoholics Anonymous (the Big Book). There have only been three editions of the Spanish Big Book. There is a proposed agenda item to consider a fourth edition of the Spanish Big Book. Concerns have been raised that the third edition was not accurately translated. After discussing with your group, what are some reasons either for or against the proposal to consider a fourth edition of the Spanish Big Book with an eye towards the accuracy of the translation?
7. There is an agenda item to consider removing a sentence [“non-alcoholics may attend open meetings as observers”] from page 13 of the AA Group pamphlet (which can be found here https://www.aa.org/assets/en_US/p-16_theaagroup.pdf) in order to keep the language consistent with the Open/Closed meeting card service piece (found here https://www.aa.org/assets/en_US/treatment-committees/primary-purpose-statement-card).
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