Friday, 6 July 2018

Tradition IX in practice

Case study:

Members of a twelve-step fellowship are approached by a local hospital to set up a weekly meeting for patients. The formal structure of the fellowship in question requires the chair and co-chair of this institutional meeting to be voted in at a district meeting, 2-3 hours' drive away, and for one or the other to attend the monthly district meeting, 2-3 hours' drive away. This would effectively mean one day a month knocked out in order for this simple service to be performed.

Solution:

The hospital group is to be run by the local twelfth-step fellowship group supervising the chair and other officers.

The principle of fellowship oversight (Concept II) is maintained, and organisation is kept to a minimum. Tradition IX is observed: no more organisation, administration, bureaucracy, or formality than is strictly necessary.

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