Welcome to the online Westboro Big Book Study Meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. This is a closed meeting intended for those with the desire to stop drinking. If you think you have a problem with alcohol, you are in the right place.
In order to preserve the anonymity of our members, we ask that, while participating in this on-line meeting, you be out of view and earshot of others or make use of a personal listening device such as earphones.
Today we will be listening to session ____. The audio will be broadcast over this platform and the pdf transcript will be displayed on the screen for you to follow along.
It is customary to open our meeting with a moment of silence, followed by the Serenity Prayer. May I have that moment now please…. ”God, grant me the serenity….”
Our 12th Tradition states, “Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities." We ask that who you see here and what you hear here, stays here. We ask that you do not record this session nor take any screen shots of this meeting.
AA is best described in the AA Preamble, Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
Contributions to the 7th tradition can be made to our group via email transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org. The host will display this address in in the chat screen during this meeting. While group expenses are minimal these days, we distribute funds to the levels of service to assist in the operation of Ottawa Intergroup and the AA General Service Office.
In AA we have the Twelve Steps, may I please have a volunteer to read the 12 Steps.
For AA unity, we have the Twelve Traditions may I please have a volunteer to read the 12 Traditions.
(Chairperson to qualify briefly...)
Joe McQ. and Charlie P. were two members of AA who put on weekend workshops to study the book "Alcoholics Anonymous". We listen to recordings of a workshop they did in Las Vegas many years ago, followed by a discussion about what we heard. As mentioned, today we are on session _____.
(After Audio) We now open the meeting to discussion. everyone’s mic will be muted to limit disruptions during the sharing portion. If you wish to share, please raise your hand electronically or wave it in front of the screen. Participants will be acknowledged in order. When called upon, please unmute your device, share and then re-mute your device when finished. Please give everyone a chance to share by limiting your discussion to 3 minutes. Discussion will end at 9:50 am.
This ends the discussion portion of our meeting. If you would like copies of the audio files and transcripts, they are available for download from our website at westborobigbook.com.
Are there any announcements for the good of AA?
We are not able to distribute chips; however, we want to continue to recognize milestones for those in their first year of sobriety. Does anyone want to be recognized for 1, 2, 3, 6, or 9 months? (please raise your hand).
(CLOSING) On behalf of the group, I’d like to thank everyone for participating. For those who wish, please join with us as we close the meeting with the responsibility pledge, followed by the Lord’s Prayer.