Rhode Island Central Service

today – To Carry the Message

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September 17th , 2021

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Unity

Tradition 10- Long Form

No A.A. group or member should ever, in such a way as to implicate A.A., express any opinion on outside controversial issues – particularly those of politics, alcohol reform, or sectarian religion. The Alcoholics Anonymous groups oppose no one. Concerning such matters, they can express no views whatever.

Group Anniversaries

Sun. Oct 17th – Woonsocket- REDHEAD-Our Lady Queen Of Martyrs, 1409 Park Ave., 7PM.  51st Anniversary                                        Guest Speaker/Buffet

Sun.  Nov.7th     Wakefield/So. Kingston- SUN. NIGHT WOMEN’S STEP-Wakefield Baptist Church, 236 Main St., 6PM                                    33rd Anniversary. Pizza Party

CHANGES

Wakefield/So. Kingston- SUN. NIGHT WOMEN’S STEP-Wakefield Baptist Church, 236 Main St will change to a one hour meeting starting in November. Sundays – start time is 6PM

Providence- TICKET-2-SOBRIETY- Central Congregational Church, 296 Angell St. has changed its start time to 5:30PM on Saturdays

NEEDS SUPPORT

Wakefield/So. Kingston- 11th Step LANGUAGE OF THE HEART- So. Kingstown Office Park, 24 Salt Pond Rd. -Suite 3B. Saturdays at 5PM

Lincoln/Manville-PEACE OF MIND– St James Parish Hall, 57 Division St., Saturdays 10:30AM

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Service

ATTENTION!!!

THE RI CENTRAL SERVICE OFFICE WILL BE CLOSING AT                 12 NOON   ON  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29THTO ACCOMMODATE THE ICOAA SEMINAR SCHEDULEPLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY

IN ORDER TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE . WE ARE ASKING ANYONE WHO HAS NOT YET BEEN VACCINATED TO WEAR A MASK WHEN VISITING THE CENTRAL SERVICE OFFICE  THANK YOU  

RI Central Service is in the process of up-dating our 12-STEP LIST. Anyone willing to be added to the list should contact their Group Secretary or call Central Service. “When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of AA always to be there and for that I am responsible”

The next regular meeting for Central Service Delegates meeting will be held  In a new location  At Haven Methodist Church, 200 Taunton Ave, East Providence (Parking off Alice St)on Wednesday October 20, 2021, at 7:00 PM New Delegates arrive at 6:45PMThis meeting will also be Hybrid Meeting ID and links will be sent to all registered Central Service Delegates and will also be available on the website:

We need volunteers to help with our monthly mailing – takes less than one hour. The next mailing will take place at Central Service, 1005 Waterman Ave, E. Providence on Wednesday, October 27th, at 9AM.

***Please note the deadline for submitting any information for the next today is Friday, October 22nd, 2021

The next meeting for Southern R.I. Intergroup Representatives will be held Via Zoom  On Thursday, October 7th, 2021, Regular Meeting 7 PM.

So. RI Intergroup is currently seeking volunteers to cover open shifts for the 24 hour -12 Step Hotline.  Anyone interested please contact So RI Intergroup 401-739-8777

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RECOVERY

                             RI Central Service will sponsor a monthly virtual                                                                 “OPEN MIC NIGHT NITE”                                                                           Saturday September 25th  Starting at  8PM                                Zoom Meeting ID: 856 8703 0297      Passcode:891419              Anyone interested in performing or needing more information  should   contact Austin D Email: 1wholestep@gmail.com

The RI Central Service Office has a launched a new and improved website. We ask that you please review your groups listing and call us with any changes that need to be made. We also ask all groups to keep us informed of group changes as they happen so that we can maintain the most up-to-date information for our members. We never want to send a newcomer to an empty hall or a dark zoom room. Thank you for your participation.

RI Central Service is maintaining a list of In-Person Meetings in RI and So. Massachusetts We currently have over 400 In Person meetings open with changes/ updates coming in on a daily basis. If you would like to obtain a copy, please stop by to pick one up. You can also call or email the office and we will be happy to send it to you via email or snail mail.

*************************************************************************Our best defense? This surely lies in the formation of a Tradition respecting serious controversy so powerful that neither the weakness of persons nor the strain and strife of our troubled times can harm Alcoholics Anonymous. We know that AA must continue to live, or else many of us and many of our fellow alcoholics throughout the world will surely resume the hopeless journey to oblivion. That must never be.

Bill W.

Copyright © The A.A. Grapevine, Inc., September 1948

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Tradition Ten

BY: BILL W.

 

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS HAS NO OPINION ON OUTSIDE ISSUES; HENCE THE AA NAME OUGHT NEVER BE DRAWN INTO PUBLIC CONTROVERSY.

NEVER since it began has Alcoholics Anonymous been divided by a major controversial issue. Nor has our fellowship ever publicly taken sides on any question in an embattled world. This, however, has been no earned virtue. It could almost be said that we were born with it, for as one old-timer recently declared, “Practically never have I heard a heated religious, political or reform argument among AA members. So long as we don’t argue these matters privately, it’s a cinch we never shall publicly.”

As by some deep instinct, we AAs have known from the very beginning that we must never, no matter what the provocation, publicly take sides in any fight, even a worthy one. All history affords us the spectacle of striving nations and groups finally torn asunder because they were designed for, or tempted into, controversy. Others fell apart because of sheer self-righteousness while trying to enforce upon the rest of mankind some millennium of their own specification. In our own times we have seen millions die in political and economic wars often spurred by religious and racial difference. We live in the imminent possibility of a fresh holocaust to determine how men shall be governed, and how the products of nature and toil shall be divided among them. That is the spiritual climate in which AA was born, and by God’s grace has nevertheless flourished.

Let us re-emphasize that this reluctance to fight each other or anybody else is not counted as some special virtue in which we feel superior to other people. Nor does it mean that the members of Alcoholics Anonymous, now restored as citizens of the world, are going to back away from their individual responsibilities to act as they see the right upon issues of our time. But when it comes to AA as a whole, that’s quite a different matter. In this respect we do not enter into public controversy, because we know that our society will perish if it does. We conceive the survival and spread of Alcoholics Anonymous to be something of far greater importance than the weight we could collectively throw back of any other cause. Since recovery from alcoholism is life itself to us, it is imperative that we preserve in full strength our means of survival.

Maybe this sounds as though the alcoholics in AA had suddenly gone peaceable, and become one great big happy family. Of course this isn’t so at all. Human beings that we are, we squabble. Before we leveled off a bit, AA looked more like one prodigious squabble than anything else, at least on the surface. A corporation director who had just voted a company expenditure of a hundred thousand dollars would appear at an AA business meeting and blow his top over an outlay of twenty-five dollars’ worth of needed postage stamps. Disliking the attempt of some to manage a group, half its membership might angrily rush off to form another group more to their liking. Elders, temporarily turned Pharisee, have hurled rocks. Bitter attacks have been directed against people suspected of mixed motives. Despite their din, our puny rows never did AA a particle of harm. They were just part and parcel of learning to work and live together. Let it be noted, too, that they were almost always concerned with how to make AA more effective, how to do the most good for the most alcoholics.

The Washingtonian Society, a movement among alcoholics of a century ago, almost discovered the answer to alcoholism. At first the society was composed entirely of alcoholics trying to help each other. The early members foresaw that they should dedicate themselves to this sole aim. In many respects, the Washingtonians were akin to AA of today. Their membership passed the hundred-thousand mark. Had they been left to themselves, and had they stuck to their one goal, they might have found the rest of the answer. But this didn’t happen. Instead, the Washingtonians permitted politicians and reformers, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, to use the society for their own purposes. Abolition of slavery, for example, was a stormy political issue then. Soon Washingtonian speakers violently and publicly took sides on this question. Maybe the society could have survived the Abolition controversy, but it didn’t have a chance from the moment it determined to reform America’s drinking habits. When the Washingtonians became crusaders, within a very few years they had completely lost their effectiveness in helping alcoholics.

The lesson to be learned from the Washingtonians was not overlooked by Alcoholics Anonymous. As we surveyed the wreck of that movement, early AA members resolved to keep our society out of public controversy. Thus was laid the cornerstone for Tradition Ten: “Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the AA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.”

Copyright © The . A.A. Grapevine, Inc. February 1953

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