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1.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... authority.   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.564  
Experience has often warned us that nothing can so surely destroy our spiritual heritage as futile disputes over property, money, and authority.


2.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... authority.   12&12 Tradition Two, p.134  
In either case, the group now has a so-called rotating committee, very sharply limited in its authority.


3.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... authority.   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.173  
Surely, the people there would have to have some authority.


4.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... authority.   12&12 Tradition Seven (Long), p.191  
Experience has often warned us that nothing can so surely destroy our spiritual heritage as futile disputes over property, money, and authority.


5.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... authority -- a loving God as He may ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.562  
Two -- For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority -- a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience.


6.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... authority -- a loving God as He may ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.563  
2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority -- a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience.


7.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... authority -- a loving God as He may ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.132  
"For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority -- a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience.


8.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... authority -- a loving God as He may ...   12&12 Tradition Two (Long), p.189  
Two -- For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority -- a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience.


9.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... authority and the spirit of service, two ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.174  
It is the difference between the spirit of vested authority and the spirit of service, two concepts which are sometimes poles apart.


10.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... authority for A.A. world services should always ...   BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.574  
I. Final responsibility and ultimate authority for A.A. world services should always reside in the collective conscience of our whole Fellowship.


11.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... authority from their titles; they do not ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.565  
They derive no real authority from their titles; they do not govern.


12.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... authority from their titles; they do not ...   12&12 Tradition Nine (Long), p.191  
They derive no real authority from their titles; they do not govern.


13.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... authority in A.A. is a loving God ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.132  
These practical folk then read Tradition Two, and learn that the sole authority in A.A. is a loving God as He may express Himself in the group conscience.


14.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... authority may easily divert us from our ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.563  
6. Problems of money, property, and authority may easily divert us from our primary spiritual aim.


15.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... authority may easily divert us from our ...   12&12 Tradition Six (Long), p.190  
Six -- Problems of money, property, and authority may easily divert us from our primary spiritual aim.


16.
View FOREWORD   ... authority over another, that nothing like a ...   12&12 Foreword, p.16  
Why is it, they ask, that in A.A. no member can be set in personal authority over another, that nothing like a central government can anywhere be seen?


17.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... authority over others; that it reach all ...   BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.575  
XII. The Conference shall observe the spirit of A.A. tradition, taking care that it never becomes the seat of perilous wealth or power; that sufficient operating funds and reserve be its prudent financial principle; that it place none of its members in a position of unqualified authority over others; that it reach all important decisions by discussion, vote, and, whenever possible, by substantial unanimity; that its actions never be personally punitive nor an incitement to public controversy; that it never perform acts of government, and that, like the Society it serves, it will always remain democratic in thought and action.


18.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... authority than its own conscience.   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.563  
4. With respect to its own affairs, each A.A. group should be responsible to no other authority than its own conscience.


19.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... authority than its own conscience.   12&12 Tradition Four (Long), p.189  
Four -- With respect to its own affairs, each A.A. group should be responsible to no other authority than its own conscience.


20.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... authority; they result from his personal disobedience ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.174  
His drunkenness and dissolution are not penalties inflicted by people in authority; they result from his personal disobedience to spiritual principles.


21.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... authority to govern it, no treasurer who ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.132  
When told that our Society has no president having authority to govern it, no treasurer who can compel the payment of any dues, no board of directors who can cast an erring member into outer darkness, when indeed no A.A. can give another a directive and enforce obedience, our friends gasp and exclaim, "This simply can't be. There must be an angle somewhere."


22.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... authority to run everything begins to be ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.133  
Very soon, though, his assumed authority to run everything begins to be shared with the first alcoholics he has helped.


23.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... authority to some of its members to ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.172  
Doesn't nearly every society on earth give authority to some of its members to impose obedience upon the rest and to punish or expel offenders?


24.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... authority well defined.   BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.575  
X. Every service responsibility should be matched by an equal service authority, with the scope of such authority well defined.


25.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... authority whose duty it is to receive ...   BB Into Action, p.74  
Those of us belonging to a religious denomination which requires confession must, and of course, will want to go to the properly appointed authority whose duty it is to receive it.


26.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... authority, with the scope of such authority ...   BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.575  
X. Every service responsibility should be matched by an equal service authority, with the scope of such authority well defined.


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