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1.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... group.   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xix  
Soon A.A. was beset by these very problems on every side and in every group.


2.
View APPENDIX VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A.   ... group.   BB Appendix VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A., p.573  
If you cannot find A.A. in your locality, visit our Web site: www.aa.org; or a letter addressed to Alcoholics Anonymous, Box 459, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163, USA, will receive a prompt reply from this world center, referring you to the nearest A.A. group.


3.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... group?   12&12 Step Twelve, pp.111-112  
Can we bring the same spirit of love and tolerance into our sometimes deranged family lives that we bring to our A.A. group?


4.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... group.   12&12 Tradition One, p.130  
The moment this Twelfth Step work forms a group, another discovery is made -- that most individuals cannot recover unless there is a group.


5.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... group.   12&12 Tradition One, p.130  
He learns that the clamor of desires and ambitions within him must be silenced whenever these could damage the group.


6.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... group.   12&12 Tradition Two, p.133  
Then, too, he misses his home group.


7.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... group.   12&12 Tradition Two, p.133  
Growing pains now beset the group.


8.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... group.   12&12 Tradition Two, p.134  
In no sense whatever can its members govern or direct the group.


9.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... group.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.139  
In our early time, nothing seemed so fragile, so easily breakable as an A.A. group.


10.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... group?   12&12 Tradition Three, p.142  
"But," he asked, "will you let me join your group?


11.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... group.   12&12 Tradition Four, p.149  
A chill chokedamp of fear and frustration fell over the group.


12.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... group.   12&12 Tradition Five, p.150  
Every doctor concerned would at times wish he could devote himself to his chosen field rather than work only with the group.


13.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... Group #1. Rule #62."   12&12 Tradition Four, p.149  
The cover read: "Middleton Group #1. Rule #62."


14.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... group after group saw these possibilities, they ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.141  
As group after group saw these possibilities, they finally abandoned all membership regulations.


15.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... group an individual entity, strictly reliant on ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.147  
This meant, of course, that we had been given the courage to declare each A.A. group an individual entity, strictly reliant on its own conscience as a guide to action.


16.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... group, and he is the founder.   12&12 Tradition Two, p.133  
He visits preachers, doctors, editors, policemen, and bartenders ... with the result that Middletown now has a group, and he is the founder.


17.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... group and swallowed up in it?"   12&12 Tradition One, p.129  
Is he to be dominated by his group and swallowed up in it?"


18.
View APPENDIX VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A.   ... group and will, if you wish, correspond ...   BB Appendix VI, How to Get in Touch With A.A., p.573  
This headquarters will give the location of the nearest family group and will, if you wish, correspond with you about your special problems.


19.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... group, another discovery is made -- that most ...   12&12 Tradition One, p.130  
The moment this Twelfth Step work forms a group, another discovery is made -- that most individuals cannot recover unless there is a group.


20.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... group, as such, should never go into ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.564  
An A.A. group, as such, should never go into business.


21.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... group, as such, should never go into ...   12&12 Tradition Six (Long), p.190  
An A.A. group, as such, should never go into business.


22.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... group, as such, simply couldn't handle this ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.149  
An A.A. group, as such, simply couldn't handle this sort of project.


23.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... group as their higher power, claims for ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.96  
To certain newcomers and to those one-time agnostics who still cling to the A.A. group as their higher power, claims for the power of prayer may, despite all the logic and experience in proof of it, still be unconvincing or quite objectionable.


24.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... group, at Akron, Ohio, in 1935.   BB A Vision For You (Note), p.156  
This resulted in A.A.'s first group, at Akron, Ohio, in 1935.


25.
View APPENDIX IV, The Lasker Award   ... Group Award for 1951 to Alcoholics Anonymous ...   BB Appendix IV, The Lasker Award, p.571  
"The American Public Health Association presents a Lasker Group Award for 1951 to Alcoholics Anonymous in recognition of its unique and highly successful approach to that age-old public health and social problem, alcoholism ... In emphasizing alcoholism as an illness, the social stigma associated with this condition is being blotted out ... Historians may one day recognize Alcoholics Anonymous to have been a great venture in social pioneering which forged a new instrument for social action; a new therapy based on the kinship of common suffering; one having a vast potential for the myriad other ills of mankind."


26.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... group can bind itself to no one.   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.564  
An A.A. group can bind itself to no one.


27.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... group can bind itself to no one.   12&12 Tradition Six (Long), p.190  
An A.A. group can bind itself to no one.


28.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... group can manage its affairs exactly as ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.146  
But in relation to us, it means very simply that every A.A. group can manage its affairs exactly as it pleases, except when A.A. as a whole is threatened.


29.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... group cannot get along without him, who ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.135  
The bleeding deacon is one who is just as surely convinced that the group cannot get along without him, who constantly connives for reelection to office, and who continues to be consumed with self-pity.


30.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... group's chairman.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.111  
They make us, let us say, the group's chairman.


31.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... group's chores.   12&12 Tradition Two, p.134  
Theirs is the sometimes thankless privilege of doing the group's chores.


32.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... group's chores, if the area's telephone rings ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.175  
If nobody does the group's chores, if the area's telephone rings unanswered, if we do not reply to our mail, then A.A. as we know it would stop.


33.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... group committee can issue a single directive ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.173  
Neither its General Service Conference, its Foundation Board,(*) nor the humblest group committee can issue a single directive to an A.A. member and make it stick, let alone mete out any punishment.


34.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... group conscience.   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.


35.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... group conscience.   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.


36.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... group conscience.   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.


37.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... group conscience.   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.


38.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... group conscience.   12&12 Tradition Two, p.138  
"So spoke the group conscience.


39.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... group conscience.   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.


40.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... group conscience decree the terms upon which ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.134  
Thus throughout A.A. does the group conscience decree the terms upon which its leaders shall serve.


41.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... group conscience; in fact, these are the ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.135  
They become the voice of the group conscience; in fact, these are the true voice of Alcoholics Anonymous.


42.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... group conscience is about to take over.   12&12 Tradition Two, p.134  
The group conscience is about to take over.


43.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... group conscience, well-advised by its elders, will ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.135  
This is the experience which has led us to the conclusion that our group conscience, well-advised by its elders, will be in the long run wiser than any single leader.


44.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... group could stand almost any amount of ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.146  
When A.A.'s Traditions were first published, in 1946, we had become sure that an A.A. group could stand almost any amount of battering.


45.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... group's decision, who holds no resentment over ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.135  
The elder statesman is the one who sees the wisdom of the group's decision, who holds no resentment over his reduced status, whose judgment, fortified by considerable experience, is sound, and who is willing to sit quietly on the sidelines patiently awaiting developments.


46.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... group do?   12&12 Tradition Three, p.142  
What should the group do?


47.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... group doesn't need it, and I won't ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.143  
This group doesn't need it, and I won't have it!


48.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... group, exactly like the individual, must eventually ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.146  
We saw that the group, exactly like the individual, must eventually conform to whatever tested principles would guarantee survival.


49.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... group forever?   12&12 Tradition Two, pp.133-134  
Still more important, murmurs are heard in the body politic, which swell into a loud cry: "Do these oldtimers think they can run this group forever?


50.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... group had actually been formed, though no ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvii  
When the broker returned to New York in the fall of 1935, the first A.A. group had actually been formed, though no one realized it at the time.


51.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... group had exercised its right to be ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.149  
Thus it was that under Tradition Four an A.A. group had exercised its right to be wrong.


52.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... group had many membership rules.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.139  
"At one time," he says, "every A.A. group had many membership rules.


53.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... group had the right to be wrong.   12&12 Tradition Four, p.147  
Every group had the right to be wrong.


54.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... group, half its membership might angrily rush ...   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.177  
Disliking the attempt of some to manage a group, half its membership might angrily rush off to form another group more to their liking.


55.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... group has but one primary purpose -- to ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.562  
Five -- Each group has but one primary purpose -- to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.


56.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... group has but one primary purpose -- to ...   12&12 Tradition Five, p.150  
"Each group has but one primary purpose -- to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers."


57.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... group's hierarchy of service -- self-appointed, of course, ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.133  
These are the growing group's hierarchy of service -- self-appointed, of course, because there is no other way.


58.
View STEP THREE essay   ... group, if it is strong enough, self-righteously ...   12&12 Step Three, p.37  
Every such pressure group, if it is strong enough, self-righteously imposes its will upon the rest.


59.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... group inevitably turns to them for advice.   12&12 Tradition Two, p.135  
When sorely perplexed, the group inevitably turns to them for advice.


60.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... group's informal rotating committee, the intergroup association ...   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.174  
It is in this spirit of service that we elect the A.A. group's informal rotating committee, the intergroup association for the area, and the General Service Conferences of Alcoholics Anonymous for A.A. as a whole.


61.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... group into business; too many busybody cooks ...   12&12 Tradition Six, p.156  
Whereupon we tried A.A. hospitals -- they all bogged down because you cannot put an A.A. group into business; too many busybody cooks spoil the broth.


62.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... group its rotating committee, and the groups ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.565  
The small group may elect its secretary, the large group its rotating committee, and the groups of a large metropolitan area their central or intergroup committee, which often employs a full-time secretary.


63.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... group its rotating committee, and the groups ...   12&12 Tradition Nine (Long), p.191  
The small group may elect its secretary, the large group its rotating committee, and the groups of a large metropolitan area their central or intergroup committee, which often employs a full-time secretary.


64.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... group itself.   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.174  
The same stern threat applies to the group itself.


65.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... group may cooperate with anyone, such cooperation ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.564  
While an A.A. group may cooperate with anyone, such cooperation ought never go so far as affiliation or endorsement, actual or implied.


66.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... group may cooperate with anyone, such cooperation ...   12&12 Tradition Six (Long), p.190  
While an A.A. group may cooperate with anyone, such cooperation ought never to go so far as affiliation or endorsement, actual or implied.


67.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... group may elect its secretary, the large ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.565  
The small group may elect its secretary, the large group its rotating committee, and the groups of a large metropolitan area their central or intergroup committee, which often employs a full-time secretary.


68.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... group may elect its secretary, the large ...   12&12 Tradition Nine (Long), p.191  
The small group may elect its secretary, the large group its rotating committee, and the groups of a large metropolitan area their central or intergroup committee, which often employs a full-time secretary.


69.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... group might have his own specialty.   12&12 Tradition Five, p.150  
True, each physician in such a group might have his own specialty.


70.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... group more to their liking.   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.177  
Disliking the attempt of some to manage a group, half its membership might angrily rush off to form another group more to their liking.


71.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... group must survive or the individual will ...   12&12 Tradition One, p.130  
It becomes plain that the group must survive or the individual will not.


72.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... group needs the least possible organization.   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.565  
9. Each A.A. group needs the least possible organization.


73.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... group needs the least possible organization.   12&12 Tradition Nine (Long), p.191  
Nine -- Each A.A. group needs the least possible organization.


74.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... group now has a so-called rotating committee, ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.134  
In either case, the group now has a so-called rotating committee, very sharply limited in its authority.


75.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... group of alcoholics had in common.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.123  
The doctors weren't trying to find how different we were from one another; they sought to find whatever personality traits, if any, this group of alcoholics had in common.


76.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... group of doctors possessed a cancer cure, ...   12&12 Tradition Five, p.151  
If a group of doctors possessed a cancer cure, they might be conscience-stricken if they failed their mission through self-seeking.


77.
View STEP TWO essay   ... group of people who have solved their ...   12&12 Step Two, p.27  
Here's a very large group of people who have solved their alcohol problem.


78.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... group of physicians who might find a ...   12&12 Tradition Five, p.150  
Alcoholics Anonymous can be likened to a group of physicians who might find a cure for cancer, and upon whose concerted work would depend the answer for sufferers of this disease.


79.
View FOREWORD   ... group of principles, spiritual in their nature, ...   12&12 Foreword, p.15  
A.A.'s Twelve Steps are a group of principles, spiritual in their nature, which, if practiced as a way of life, can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole.


80.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... group of related principles to help ensure ...   BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.574  
Written by co-founder Bill W. in 1962, the Twelve Concepts for World Service provide a group of related principles to help ensure that various elements of A.A.'s service structure remain responsive and responsible to those they serve.


81.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... group of so-called problem drinkers.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.122  
When A.A. was quite young, a number of eminent psychologists and doctors made an exhaustive study of a good-sized group of so-called problem drinkers.


82.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... group's oldest member.   12&12 Tradition Three, pp.141-142  
He talked frankly with that group's oldest member.


83.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... group opinion.   12&12 Tradition Two, pp.135-136  
One of the first members of A.A., entirely contrary to his own desires, was obliged to conform to group opinion.


84.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... group, or A.A. as a whole, would ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.107  
For the time being, we who were atheist or agnostic discovered that our own group, or A.A. as a whole, would suffice as a higher power.


85.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... group or member should ever, in such ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.565  
10. 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.


86.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... group or member should ever, in such ...   12&12 Tradition Ten (Long), p.192  
Ten -- 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.


87.
View STEP THREE essay   ... group or upon a Higher Power hasn't ...   12&12 Step Three, p.38  
But dependence upon an A.A. group or upon a Higher Power hasn't produced any baleful results.


88.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... group ought never endorse, finance or lend ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.562  
Six -- 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.


89.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... group ought never endorse, finance, or lend ...   12&12 Tradition Six, p.155  
"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."


90.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... group ought not do anything which would ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.147  
In charting this enormous expanse of freedom, we found it necessary to post only two storm signals: A group ought not do anything which would greatly injure A.A. as a whole, nor ought it affiliate itself with anything or anybody else.


91.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... group ought to be a spiritual entity ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.563  
5. Each Alcoholics Anonymous group ought to be a spiritual entity having but one primary purpose -- that of carrying its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.


92.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... group ought to be a spiritual entity ...   12&12 Tradition Five (Long), p.190  
Five -- Each Alcoholics Anonymous group ought to be a spiritual entity having but one primary purpose -- that of carrying its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.


93.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.562  
Seven -- Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.


94.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining ...   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.160  
"Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions."


95.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... group promptly took shape at New York, ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvii  
A second small group promptly took shape at New York, to be followed in 1937 with the start of a third at Cleveland.


96.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... group, provided that, as a group, they ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.563  
Any two or three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation.


97.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... group provided that as a group they ...   12&12 Tradition Four, pp.146-147  
So confident of this had we become that the original statement of A.A. tradition carried this significant sentence: "Any two or three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group provided that as a group they have no other affiliation."


98.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... group, provided that, as a group, they ...   12&12 Tradition Three (Long), p.189  
Any two or three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation.


99.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... group purpose there is but one ultimate ...   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.


100.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... group purpose there is but one ultimate ...   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.


101.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... group purpose there is but one ultimate ...   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.


102.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... group purpose there is but one ultimate ...   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.


103.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... group purposes.   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.160  
It was soon apparent that while alcoholics would spend lavishly on Twelfth Step cases, they had a terrific aversion to dropping money into a meeting-place hat for group purposes.


104.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... group received into its membership a salesman ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.143  
Not long after the man with the double stigma knocked for admission, A.A.'s other group received into its membership a salesman we shall call Ed.


105.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... group, regional committee, or individual should ever ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.563  
And no group, regional committee, or individual should ever take any action that might greatly affect A.A. as a whole without conferring with the trustees of the General Service Board.


106.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... group, regional committee, or individual should ever ...   12&12 Tradition Four (Long), p.189  
And no group, regional committee, or individual should ever take any action that might greatly affect A.A. as a whole without conferring with the trustees of the General Service Board.


107.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... group saw these possibilities, they finally abandoned ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.141  
As group after group saw these possibilities, they finally abandoned all membership regulations.


108.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... group should be autonomous except in matters ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.562  
Four -- Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.


109.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... group should be autonomous except in matters ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.146  
"Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole."


110.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... group should be responsible to no other ...   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.


111.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... group should be responsible to no other ...   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.


112.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... group should soon achieve this ideal; that ...   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.564  
We think that each group should soon achieve this ideal; that any public solicitation of funds using the name of Alcoholics Anonymous is highly dangerous, whether by groups, clubs, hospitals, or other outside agencies; that acceptance of large gifts from any source, or of contributions carrying any obligation whatever, is unwise.


113.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... group should soon achieve this ideal; that ...   12&12 Tradition Seven (Long), p.190  
We think that each group should soon achieve this ideal; that any public solicitation of funds using the name of Alcoholics Anonymous is highly dangerous, whether by groups, clubs, hospitals, or other outside agencies; that acceptance of large gifts from any source, or of contributions carrying any obligation whatever, is unwise.


114.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... group the higher power, would presently love ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.109  
From great numbers of such experiences, we could predict that the doubter who still claimed that he hadn't got the "spiritual angle," and who still considered his well-loved A.A. group the higher power, would presently love God and call Him by name.


115.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... group there how to run its business?   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.173  
Who is more unpopular than the oldtime A.A., full of wisdom, who moves to another area and tries to tell the group there how to run its business?


116.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... group, they have no other affiliation.   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.563  
Any two or three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation.


117.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... group they have no other affiliation."   12&12 Tradition Four, pp.146-147  
So confident of this had we become that the original statement of A.A. tradition carried this significant sentence: "Any two or three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group provided that as a group they have no other affiliation."


118.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... group, they have no other affiliation.   12&12 Tradition Three (Long), p.189  
Any two or three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation.


119.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... group they may mark a new epoch ...   BB The Doctor's Opinion, pp.xxv-xxvi  
These facts appear to be of extreme medical importance; because of the extraordinary possibilities of rapid growth inherent in this group they may mark a new epoch in the annals of alcoholism.


120.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... group, those scores have since multiplied themselves ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.142  
Since this was a very early group, those scores have since multiplied themselves into thousands.


121.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... group to buy.   BB Bill's Story, p.5  
Stocks were at the low point of 1932, and I had somehow formed a group to buy.


122.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... group to function.   12&12 Tradition Two, p.134  
Such are the simple services that enable the group to function.


123.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... group to send in its list of ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.140  
Our Foundation office(*) asked each group to send in its list of 'protective' regulations.


124.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... group, too, can deteriorate and die.   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.174  
Unless there is approximate conformity to A.A.'s Twelve Traditions, the group, too, can deteriorate and die.


125.
View APPENDIX III, The Medical View on A.A.   ... group unto themselves and their best results ...   BB Appendix III, The Medical View on A.A., p.569  
Dr. G. Kirby Collier, psychiatrist: "I have felt that A.A. is a group unto themselves and their best results can be had under their own guidance, as a result of their philosophy.


126.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... group was given five thousand dollars to ...   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.161  
One A.A. group was given five thousand dollars to do with what it would.


127.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... group was in anguish so deep that ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.144  
The group was in anguish so deep that all fraternal charity had vanished.


128.
View TRADITION TWO essay   ... group was right and I was wrong; ...   12&12 Tradition Two, p.138  
The group was right and I was wrong; the voice on the subway was not the voice of God.


129.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... group was struck at Akron, Ohio, in ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xv  
The spark that was to flare into the first A.A. group was struck at Akron, Ohio, in June 1935, during a talk between a New York stockbroker and an Akron physician.


130.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... group was to be autonomous and there ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xix  
It was thought that no alcoholic man or woman could be excluded from our Society; that our leaders might serve but never govern; that each group was to be autonomous and there was to be no professional class of therapy.


131.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... group with medication and education had come ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.148  
By his eloquence he allayed all fears, despite advice from the Foundation that it could issue no charter, and that ventures which mixed an A.A. group with medication and education had come to sticky ends elsewhere.


132.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... group would have to stick to its ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.147  
The A.A. group would have to stick to its course or be hopelessly lost.


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