Dear Friends in the Fellowship,
We know that many members are excited by the prospect of meeting in-person again. There is a temptation to rush to re-open meetings. Our Intergroup has put together suggestions and guidelines for your groups to consider when making an informed group conscience about how to re-open safely once our respective jurisdictions allow it.
These suggestions were compiled with conversations with and input from several other Intergroups and central offices across the country to determine best practices to protect A.A. members going forward.
In addition to suggestions for groups to consider, there are also ‘musts’ that groups need to abide by to stay within the regulations and mandates of our state. While there are no ‘musts’ in the A.A. program, there are legal musts in the larger community. Fortunately, our programs of recovery has taught us how to be responsible citizens both in A.A. and the world.
Here are considerations for your groups to discuss:
To protect A.A., groups should be mindful of the Traditions.
Tradition 1 tells us “Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity.”
When making group decisions,we say, “Each group is autonomous.” However, the second part of Tradition 4 is just as important: “except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.”
These traditions remind us that we must ensure that our group decisions do not negatively impact our fellow members or A.A. as a whole, and that we as individuals act in ways that ensure our common welfare.
Traditions 1 and 4 are important now more than ever. We have to consider the health and well-being of other A.A. members, and we need to protect the positive reputation and goodwill of A.A. in the community.