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“…to describe AA to the Grapevine’s non-AA readers” and as today known by many as the “A.A. PREAMBLE ©“, a very-brief, over-simplified view of A.A. from the outside has since become a piece of Service Material from A.A.’s General Service Office:
“Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.” (© The AA Grapevine, Inc. – reprinted by permission}
Here at NoNameYet A.A. Fellowship Chat, we are “an autonomous A.A. group” with our own preamble as drawn from “our combined experience and knowledge” (“Alcoholics Anonymous“, page 19) as first brought to the task of trying to help others like ourselves while inviting them into “the Fellowship of the Spirit” (page 164) here on the inside:
“We are an autonomous A.A. fellowship of recovered alcoholics sharing our experience, strength and hope with each other that we may evermore remain sane concerning alcohol, and to help others like ourselves recover also.
“The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking; we have no dues or fees; we are self-supporting through our own voluntary contributions.
“A.A. is not allied with (and neither endorses nor opposes) any particular faith, sect, denomination, politics, organization, institution, religion or cause, does not wish to engage in any controversy, and has no opinion on issues such as alcohol reform or even whether ‘alcoholism, as we understand it’ (page 28) is an actual disease.
“Trying to put our lives in order is not an end in itself. Our real purpose in life as we know it today is to ‘fit ourselves to be of maximum service to God and the people about us’ (page 77) while carrying our message of permanent recovery to still others just like ourselves (Tradition Five).”
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