April 21: Unity

Topic for the week: Unity

“Above us, at the International Convention at St. Louis in 1955, floated a banner one which was inscribed the then new symbol for A.A., a circle enclosing a triangle. The circle stands for the whole world of A.A., and the triangle stands for A.A.’s Three Legacies: Recovery, Unity and Service. …

When in 1955, we oldtimers (Bill W &) turned over our Three Legacies to the whole movement, nostalgia for the old days blended with gratitude for the great day in which I was now living. No more would it be necessary for me to act for, decide for, or protect A.A.

For a moment, I dreaded the coming change. But this mood quickly passed. The conscience of A.A. as moved by the guidance of God could be depended upon to insure A.A.’s future.  Clearly my job henceforth was to let go and let God.” (From As Bill Sees it quoting A.A. Come of Age p. 139, 46, 88).

I remember being new and wanting to find out about A.A., I went to our local intergroup office and bought a bunch of books about A.A. And I learned there was a lot going on behind the scenes for there to be meetings. There were group conscience meetings which saw to the running of the meetings, clubhouses, rent, bills paid. From the group conscience meetings there were Trusted Servants () elected to make sure our meeting was represented local intergroup, which in turn elect members to the region, and then the General Service Conference [General Service Office (GSO in NYC)] who reports to the General Service Board that has sub-committees. Google: AA inverted triangle. Where corporations have the CEO at the top,

Without unity of members, the whole structure falls apart. “We are a benign anarchy and a democracy.” (As Bill Sees It, p. 50)

So, tell me about your experience with the structure of AA?

Thank you for letting me share, the meeting is now open.