Jul/Aug 2015 CPC NEWSLETTER (click here for this and previous CPC messages)
Working Within the Traditions
Let’s take a look at some other AA Traditions and their relationship to cooperation with the professional community.
Tradition One: “Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon AA unity.”
We can all keep this Tradition in mind when, for example, an influx of new members from a local rehab causes controversy within a group.
Tradition Two: “For our group purpose, there is but one ultimate authority-a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.”
This Tradition is helpful when we’re tempted to impose the “right” way of working the program on seemingly unwilling newcomers.
Tradition Six:“An AA group ought never endorse, finance or lend the AA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.”
This Tradition reminds us never to give the impression that AA itself or any AA group endorses (or opposes) or finances any other enterprise, no matter what our individual opinions may be. It also points out that seeking prestige always creates problems for us.
Note: Our Committee has been having fun passing on the AA message to professionals in our two Districts during the past months and we have decided not to be selfish anymore and allow others to join us. So If you would like to join in on our AA fun, come to one of our Meetings and we will be glad to show you how you can help out the program and yourself by passing on the message.
Yours in Service Bob R. Chair, Cooperation with the Professional Community (CPC)