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From the books  ...  Alcoholics Anonymous (Big Book) and Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (12 & 12)


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1.
  ... govern.  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. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.


2.
  ... govern.  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.565
They derive no real authority from their titles; they do not govern.


3.
  ... govern."  12&12 Contents (Tradition Two), pp.9-10
Tradition Two -- "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 govern."


4.
  ... govern."  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. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern."


5.
  ... govern.  12&12 Tradition Nine (Long), p.191
They derive no real authority from their titles; they do not govern.


6.
  ... govern is the essence of organization everywhere.  12&12 Tradition Nine, p.172
Power to direct or govern is the essence of organization everywhere.


7.
  ... govern it, no treasurer who can compel ...  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."


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


9.
  ... govern; that each group was to be ...  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.


10.
  ... govern, they serve.  12&12 Contents (Tradition Two), p.10
Leaders do not govern, they serve.


11.
  ... govern us, but it is equally clear ...  12&12 Tradition Nine, p.174
It is clear now that we ought never to name boards to govern us, but it is equally clear that we shall always need to authorize workers to serve us.


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