What’s New?

Just in time for the World Service Business Conference this spring, our committees have revised the definitions in the OA Business Glossary for clarity and accuracy. Among the changes are amended definitions of anonymity and virtual groups, as well as the inclusion of "OA Birthday." Take a look at oa.org/documents under "World Service Business Conference: Frequently Used Documents" to familiarize yourself and your group with the updated OA Business Glossary before Conference!
At the 2019 WSBC, the Region Chairs Committee furthered OA’s plan to encourage membership growth by presenting the Growing Our Membership Worldwide Workshopnow available for any member, group, or service body to download and use. Workshop materials include a pamphlet for attendees, a leader’s guide, and questions to facilitate brainstorming. Spark your desire to spread the program of OA to potential newcomers! The workshop can be found at oa.org/documents under “Workshops and Skits.”
Stop a relapse or reach out to a “missing face” with OA’s newest pamphlet, Welcome Back: Suggestions for Members in Relapse and for Those Who Care. Combined from two OA pamphlets (Welcome Back and Members in Relapse), this new, Conference-approved twelve-page pamphlet is more comprehensive and includes “Suggestions for Members in Relapse,” “Suggestions for Those Who Care,” “What Helped—In Their Own Voices,” space for phone numbers, and more. Look for Welcome Back: Suggestions for Members in Relapse and for Those Who Care (#185), with the bright yellow cover, in the OA bookstore.
For many, hearing OA’s Suggested Meeting Format may be their first introduction to the OA Twelve Step recovery program. Give newcomers a clear understanding of our solution by reading aloud the new definitions of “abstinence” and “recovery” at your meetings using the updated Suggested Meeting Format. Find and download all of OA’s suggested meeting formats, updated with the new suggestion contribution of  five US dollars and the new definitions, at oa.org/documents under “Meeting Formats.”
In keeping with the recent Board of Trustees decision to increase the suggested contribution from US$3 to US$5, we have updated our free, downloadable Seventh Tradition of OA pamphlet, available at oa.org/documents under “Group Treasurer Materials.” It’s through our contributions that we honor the Seventh Tradition “to be fully self-supporting” and thereby are able to fulfill our primary purpose “to carry the message of recovery through the Twelve Steps of OA to those who still suffer.” Share the updated pamphlet at your next meeting, so that your fellow members may better understand OA’s financial structure and why OA counts on your financial support.
OA Group Inventory and Strong Meeting Checklist, both available for download on oa.org, have been recently refreshed—see how they can help you check in, both with yourself and your fellow members, at your upcoming meetings. These checklists are intended help foster a focused and supportive group environment to help carry the message to all attendees as we work our program together.
New Lifeline topics are now online! Give service to thousands of OA members and strengthen your own recovery with the Tool of writing. Make it a part of your program to share your story with Lifeline about once a month or, like some of our writers, settle in for a writing marathon and send many stories at once. Write alone or in a workshop with fellow OA members. Lifeline will also feature a new department, “Focus on the Footwork,” through which members can share the details of how they work their program. Download the 2020 topics flyer to print and share or review the topics on the Share Your Story page at oa.org.
Updated definitions of “abstinence” and “recovery” in Overeaters Anonymous were adopted at the 2019 World Service Business Conference. The revised policy states: The WSBC 2019 accepts the following definitions:
  1. Abstinence: The act of refraining from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors while working towards or maintaining a healthy body weight.
  2. Recovery: Removal of the need to engage in compulsive eating behaviors.
Spiritual, emotional, and physical recovery is achieved through working and living the Overeaters Anonymous Twelve Step program. (Business Conference Policy Manual, 1988b [amended 2019])
Deadlines for monthly featured topics are three and a half months prior to the first day of the month of publication. Please indicate the topic and month for which you are submitting the article based on the deadlines in parentheses. Typed letters by email, mail, or fax are preferred. Letters must contain the author’s name and address, even if the author wishes to remain anonymous in print. Lifeline promotes “unity with diversity” regarding the race, nationality, gender, age, physical challenges, and sexuality of its writers. This issue write about:
  • Generally Speaking
  • 24/7 Program
You can also submit a Lifeline story directly through OAlifeline.org by clicking here.
OA has discontinued sales of Twelve Traditions of OA  which is now posted to the OA website for free download. This pamphlet still carries the Conference Seal of Approval and can provide an introduction to the Twelve Traditions for members and newcomers. It can be found at oa.org/documents under “Discontinued Literature.”
The new Twelve Step Workbook, Second Edition is now available. Composed of questions based on OA’s keystone book—The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, Second Edition—this new Workbook has updated references, including page number references, to the new OA Twelve and Twelve, Second Edition. PLUS: The full list of questions found in the Step Four chapter of the new OA Twelve and Twelve are presented in the new Workbook—all in a single, comprehensive Workbook. Find the new Twelve Step Workbook, Second Edition (#992) in the OA bookstore.  Also available from the OA bookstore as a downloadable, interactive PDF e-Workbook.