decision has the backing of most of the participants and reflects
substantial unanimity. It also helps individual members to learn how to
If a loving God expressing Himself in the group conscience is our ultimate
authority, it follows that AA leaders are not authorities in the usual
sense, but are rather servants and instruments of the group conscience. Then
who is in charge in AA? AA is a spiritual movement and the ultimate
authority in AA is the spiritual concept of the informed group conscience.
Almost every group and Fellowship problem can be solved through the process
of an informed group conscience and a respect for AA principles. For all
involved, a good sense of humor, cooling off periods, patience, courtesy,
willingness to listen and to wait - plus a sense of fairness and trust in a
"Power greater than ourselves" - have been found to be far more
than legalistic arguments or personal accusations or "frothy emotional
[mailto:AAHistoryLovers@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Ernest Kurtz
Sent: Thursday, November 02, 2006 9:23 AM
Subject: [AAHistoryLovers] Group conscience meetings
A question has been posed in a different setting:
"Do you have any guidelines, electronically available,
on the subject of group conscience and group business
meetings?. In particular the role of the Chairperson?"
I trust some AAHL members will be interested in
the topic; responses may also be posted directly to
"JOHN e REID",
(jre33756 at bigpond.net.au)
(kellcheevers at hotmail.com)
or Denise H Brisbane Traditions.
(jha at powerup.com.au)
Thanks for this group's help.
(kurtzern at umich.edu)
Yahoo! Groups Links
++++Message 3841. . . . . . . . . . . . RE: Re: Who were Jim and Eddie the
From: timderan . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/2/2006 8:40:00 PM
"So to the person who originally posted the question:
"Eddie the atheist" "
There is also a reference to "Eddie the Maniac" in Pass It On.
Could this be who the person was thinking of?
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++++Message 3842. . . . . . . . . . . . Box 4-5-9: searchable computer files
From: Art Sheehan . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/2/2006 11:52:00 PM
Past issues of Box 4-5-9 going back to Oct/Nov 2001
are available on the AA.org web site as searchable
PDF files that can be downloaded.
Go to aa.og
Click on Services for Members
Click on Box 4-5-9 News and Notes from GSO
A link to the current issue is listed
Click on the drop-down list to access past issue
++++Message 3844. . . . . . . . . . . . Re: Who were Jim and Eddie the