Alternate Format - 1
Welcome to the circle of the ______ Group. (Chairperson introduces himself or herself.)
There is a place in our circle for all who are seeking sobriety. All are equal in the circle – in our alcoholism and in our sobriety. There is no beginning and no end – only the opportunity for continuous sobriety. It is believed that through the circle of life we are connected to all things. The circle connects us to each other and the fire connects us all to the Creator.
For the Native American the holy silence is the voice of the Creator. Silence is the absolute balance of body, mind, and spirit. The fruits of silence are self-control, true courage or endurance, patience, dignity, and reverence. Silence is the cornerstone of character. We will now observe a period of silence followed by the “Serenity Prayer”.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with others so they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help others recover from alcoholism.
The burning of sage is called smudging. It is traditionally used to prepare and purify a person, place, or thing for a time of openness and truth in the presence of our Creator. Prior to the meeting, the room has been smudged and each of you has had the opportunity to be smudged as you have joined our circle.
I have asked a friend to read “How It Works”.
I have asked another friend to read the “Twelve Traditions”.
Now the “Eagle Feather Traditions” will be read.
We welcome all visitors to our circle. Is there anyone here for their very first A.A. meeting? Welcome. This is not a typical A.A. meeting. If you have any questions please stay after the meeting and we will answer any that you might have.
This is an open meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. Please keep your comments brief so that everyone will have a chance to share because our time is limited. Sharing will proceed around the circle in a clockwise manner. Please refrain from foul language and talking while another is sharing. Please be respectful towards all.
Introduce the topic.
In accordance with the Seventh Tradition, the basket will be passed for expenses and support of Alcoholics Anonymous. (Pass the basket) I have asked a friend to give out the chips.
Briefly, are there any announcements?
We close by standing in a circle and stating something we
are grateful for. We hold hands so that spirit may move freely among us.
Afterwards, the “Indian Prayer” will be read.