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The Big Book Study Movement is outside of the Structure of Alcoholics Anonymous In Ireland.

Page 12 of ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS GENERAL SERVICE CONFERENCE: A SERVICE HANDBOOK FOR IRELAND Published by AA General Service Conference of Ireland states:

"The Big Book Study Movement is outside of the Structure of Alcoholics Anonymous In Ireland."

In a ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS GENERAL SERVICE CONFERENCE OF IRELAND News Sheet Dec 2008/Jan 2009 stated:

The Committee was surprised at the proliferation of the Big Book Study Movement Groups being created and providing misleading and inaccurate Information in order to gain entry to our directory, with total disregard of our Conference decision (September 1995), that the Big Book Study Movement Is outside of the Structure of Alcoholics Anonymous In Ireland'. Our Committee was disturbed by some of the practices, conditions, contracts and rules attached to these meetings. (Appendix 1)

Alcoholics Anonymous is a programme of self diagnosis, self motivation, self action and the use of study guides, courses, classes, or interpretations are. therefore, not appropriate. No group or Individual should deem themselves an authority on how-to interpret the Big Book on behalf of others. The steps are suggested and experienced sponsors are wise enough not to give newcomers hard and fast directives. There are no authorities in AA and even self appointed teachers, have "feet of clay".

In 1977, faced with a rising number of requests, from AA members, to reprint excerpts of the Big Book and other materials in Study Guides, the Directors of AA World Services appointed a Committee, to explore the question. Members of the Committee. unanimously recommended that the Board not grant permission, to use excerpts or our literature in Study guides, and that AA itself should not publish Study Guides and have declined to provide any interpretative material, they chose to let our literature stand alone. Our knowledge of recovery has been received In the Fellowship through the experience of one Alcoholic sharing with another Alcoholic and it was not received on an instructive basis or in a classroom atmosphere.

One Member (bbfreeaa - I wonder if the means big book free aa?) posted on http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/GSOwatch/message/6839:

"Before everyone on this site gets their panties in a wad, they might want to investigate what we are really dealing with...and it ain't AA!

I am sick and tired as well of these self appointed messiahs we have here in Texas at the PPG and other Groups that have teachers, gurus, WORKBOOKS (DAMNED WORKBOOKS) which are nothing more than tools to gain money and prestige under the guise of Carrying the AA Message. It is a cancer in AA and creates some of the worst arrogant, self-serving, sober monsters I have ever encountered.

Take a peek at the website below. Since when do we do classrooms? Who among us has the right to write our own workbooks...the height of selfish arrogance? Who is so above the simple message found in the BB of AA that they feel compelled (ego-starved) to add to what has been a gift from God?

http://www.ppgaadallas.org/foundation_meeting.htm

http://www.ppgaadallas.org/study_guide.htm

I could go on for hours since I have years of experience dealing with the self-serving clowns. The final product is usually a 1 1/2 to 2 year sober arrogant know-it-all self-righteous, angry cretins that annoy the hell out of everyone and ends up in a very short time drunk again. I lost count of how many I have seen end up that way. I sponsor 4 guys that are refugees from their cult and they have lots of sobriety now and are active in working with others.

I just heard about one of there little monsters with three years sobriety in far N. Dallas area that, when asked to speak at a group, announced to the group that he needed 2 months of speaking dates at the group to convey the full message he has to offer. What a tool.

It's late, I'm tired. I have all sorts of other links and attachments to send you about these clowns later. Good for the GSO in Ireland.

This bunch really needs to read the long version of Tradition 3 where it states "Any two or three alcoholic gathered for sobriety may call themselves an AA Group provided that as a group, they have no other affiliation." Affiliation oozes out of their pores. They just need to start their own ego driven program and leave AA alone!"

3 Responses

  1. Cameron F. says:

    As a BB advocate…I thought the big controversies would be with the meeting-makers, counsellors and treatment centre people…BUT the biggest conflicts I get are from other BIg Book Thumpers who think their way is the only way of teaching the newcomer the secrets of the Book…I find them quite antagnostic and not very helpful in the long run because they tend to not only divide the fellowship, but reate divisive attitudes amongst the Big Book advocates themselves…Furthermore, the newcomer tends to get confused when the thumpers are too busy pontificating about their sanctimonious approach to the Big Book as "THEIR" way is the ONLY acceptable way. Bottom-line: I’d rather be friends with a "meeting-maker" than a Big Book Thumper who prides himself as always being “Big Book” righteous.

  2. MikeH says:

    I’m very sad to hear Irish AA is so close minded. I have become something of a Big Book thumper in recent years because I have seen how effective it is for individuals to learn what is in the Book, and how to apply it in their lives. I have a basis for comparison.
    When I came to AA in 1980, we had no big book meetings or steps meetings, just discussion/therapy groups. There was a big book study around, but it was private and I was never invited to participate. All fine by me, I didn’t know any better.

    15 years later and our fellwoship is smaller. All the real oldtimers have passed on, 90% of our mebership have been through the same rehab (which takes you through the first 5 steps rehab style). The meetings are therapy sessions. few people had any practical experience with the steps. Fine with me, except I did wonder why people weren’t getting well.

    I started looking further at what was happening, and came across, among other things, Big Book Sponsorship. I was close to 30 years sober, sponsoring a man, and had no real idea how to take him through the steps. I had long forgeotten how my late sponsor took me through, and was working from what I heard in meetings. I was doing it all wrong and I dont mind admitting it.

    I went to my Pigeon with the BBS worksheet and asked if we could go through it together. We did, and the result was amazing. We did a couple of workshops with more people and similar result.

    In the mean time, others were thinking along similar lines. I started a Primary Purpose Group (nothing like the one described above) but using the dallas material. Other groups had already begun changing their formats, Big Book Studies, and steps meetings are common place now.

    I think the primary purpose ideas, and those of joe and Charlie, are bearing fruit. Our fellowship is turning back to the the literature, following the simple program laid out, and it is growing again. Funnily enough, at our PPG and Irishman with 20 years sobriety is finally taking the steps.

    AA or GSO or GSC in Ireland or anywhere else has no madate to try and impose its will on AA groups. Each group is autonomous and responsible to 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. And each group has but one primary purpose, to carry its message to the alcoholic that still suffers.

    PPG has no other affiliation that I can detect, by the way.

    Further, the concept of teaching the Big Book has been around since early times. There were the beginners meetings which did exactly what irish AA is trying to prevent, and achieved great success. Even big book Sponsorship material would be banned if these close minded individuals get their way.

    The reason most older hands dont like BBS, and PPG and beginners classes etc is because it makes them uncomfortable. Some have built up quite a following for their own unique wisdom, and would be extremely embarrased if their minions were to find out how little they really knew about the program. I can understand that, I was one such. I had to change for the good of the fellowship that saved my life.

    I am all for BBS and PPG, but only on the basis of attraction rather than promotion. Sometimes one has to look past the people to see the principle. Dont we have a tradition about that too?

    I have had dealings with Dallas PPG and found them to me nothing but helpful and considerate.

  3. MikeH says:

    “In 1977, faced with a rising number of requests, from AA members, to reprint excerpts of the Big Book and other materials in Study Guides, the Directors of AA World Services appointed a Committee, to explore the question. Members of the Committee. unanimously recommended that the Board not grant permission, to use excerpts or our literature in Study guides, and that AA itself should not publish Study Guides and have declined to provide any interpretative material, they chose to let our literature stand alone. Our knowledge of recovery has been received In the Fellowship through the experience of one Alcoholic sharing with another Alcoholic and it was not received on an instructive basis or in a classroom atmosphere.”

    Very interesting, but apparently not true.

    In 1997 Wally P had published “Back to Basics”, an instruction book on how to take the steps in a class room setting as the early AAs did in the 1940s. It is historical fact that AA was taught this way and the approach was highly successful.

    More to the point, Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Inc. granted permission to quote from conference approved publications with source attributions in this classroom instruction manual, giving the lie to the above claim.

    There have been at least eight printings of Back to Basics, the first in 1997,through to August 2006 according to my copy.

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