The World Service Business Conference of 1993 agreed that OA meetings and events be closed with one of the following: the Serenity Prayer, the Seventh Step Prayer, the Third Step Prayer, or the OA Promise “I Put My Hand in Yours . . .”
FAQ Category: Growing Stronger Meetings
No. Changing the words of the Twelve Steps or Traditions is not honoring the Traditions or OA Bylaws, Subpart B because it affects OA as a whole. Tradition One states: “Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon OA unity.”
No. OA does not endorse any particular practice of faith, and such a meeting is considered an outside issue.
The only requirement for OA membership is the desire to stop eating compulsively. OA asks, but does not require, members to honor the focus of specific-focus meetings. If a person genuinely wishes to attend any OA meeting, you cannot ask them to leave. You can speak with them about how they can honor the intention … Continued
At an OA meeting we talk about OA recovery. “Our primary purpose is to abstain from compulsive eating and to carry the message of recovery through the Twelve Steps of OA to those who still suffer.”
Someone would need to explain to the member the reason for the timer and gently remind the person sharing that their time is up.
Two or three minutes is usually enough for someone to express their thoughts and to cover what is related to how they are using the program to deal with their daily life. Meetings that have such limits sometimes use timers to keep members on track. Each group decides if there is a time limit on … Continued
This is a time where members discuss and determine how the meeting will be run. Everyone who attends the meeting has the opportunity to voice their opinion and then the group makes a decision that best serves the members. Read the Guidelines for Group Conscience Meetings.
It is always necessary to balance protection of our members’ anonymity with the need to reach out to the still-suffering compulsive overeater. While concern has been expressed about listing contact names and telephone numbers on the website, it was decided that potential newcomers may need to reach a meeting contact to help them come to … Continued
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