January 9, 2010 @ 7:01 pm by sean
It seems Alcoholics Anonymous has a better idea of the church than the church. It’s been a thought in my head for a while, but I was just reading through the twelve steps and twelve traditions to see how they relate to a house small group I’m proposing to the guys I live with, it’s remarkable how often the word Church could replace A.A., Sinner replace Alcoholic, and then just leave out the “as we understood Him.” The twelve steps originated from one group and the steps they took to remain sober, and it spread from there. They are written from their perspective.
THE TWELVE STEPS
OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol
—that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that a Power greater
than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our
lives over to the care of God as we understood
4 . Made a searching and fearless moral
inventory of ourselves.
5. Admitted to God, to our selves and to
another human being the exact nature of our
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove
all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our short-
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed,
and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever
possible, except when to do so would
injure them or others.
10. Continued to take personal inventory
and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation
to improve our conscious contact with God, as
we understood Him, praying only for knowledge
of His will for us and the power to carry
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the
result of these steps, we tried to carry this
message to alcoholics, and to practice these
principles in all our affairs.
THE TWELVE TRADITIONS
OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
1. Our common welfare should come first;
personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity.
2. 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
3. The only requirement for A.A. member-
ship is a desire to stop drinking.
4. Each group should be autonomous
except in matters affecting other groups or
A.A. as a whole.
5. Each group has but one primary
purpose—to carry it s message to the alcoholic
who still suffers.
6. An A. A. group ought never endorse,
finance, or lend the A.A. name to any related
facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of
money, property, and prestige divert us from
our primary purpose.
7. Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-
supporting, declining outside contributions.
8. Alcoholics Anonymous should remain
forever non-professional, but our service
centers may employ special workers.
9. A.A., as such, ought never be organized;
but we may create service boards or commit-
tees directly responsible to those they serve.
10. Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion
on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought
never be drawn into public controversy.
11. Our public relations policy is based on
attraction rather than promotion; we need
always maintain personal anonymity at the
level of press, radio, and films.
12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of
all our traditions, ever reminding us to place
principles before personalities.