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Unity Day recognizes the strength of the Fellowship worldwide. OA members pause on February 29th at 11:30 a.m. to reaffirm the strength inherent in OA’s unity.
Tradition One: “Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon OA unity.”
Unity with Diversity Statement: “As we extend the heart and hand of the OA Fellowship to those who still suffer, let us be mindful of OA’s Unity with Diversity policy, which respects our differences, yet unites us in the solution to our common problem. Whatever problem you may have with food, you are welcome at a meeting, regardless of race, creed, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other trait.”
OA Promise: I put my hand in yours, and together we can do what we could never do alone. No longer is there a sense of hopelessness, no longer must we each depend upon our own unsteady willpower. We are all together now, reaching out our hands for power and strength greater than ours, and as we join hands, we find love and understanding beyond our wildest dreams.
Celebrate Sponsorship Day August 17–18
In Overeaters Anonymous, we are told that “together we can do what we could never do alone.” Nowhere is this principle more simply and clearly practiced than in the sponsor-sponsee relationship. Sponsors help us through our program of recovery on all three levels—physical, emotional, and spiritual. By working with others, sponsors continually renew and reaffirm their own recovery.
Share your gratitude with your sponsor and sponsees!
Learn more about how this valuable service helps strengthen recovery:
- A Guide for Sponsors – guidance, support, and 30 questions to ask
- Sponsoring Through the Twelve Steps – recommended readings and thought-provoking questions
- Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th ed., chapter 7, “Working with Others”
- Twelfth Step Within Handbook – tips for support, “Recovery Insurance Policy”
- OA Podcasts
Sponsorship Success | Podcasts
- What is a sponsor?
- Why should you get a sponsor, and how can you get a sponsor?
- Why be a sponsor? Why be a sponsee?
- When can you start sponsoring? When can you start being sponsored?
- What are the sponsorship job descriptions—from sponsor to sponsee and back?
- How can you break down the barriers for both parties?
- What are some different sponsoring styles?
- How do you work the Twelve Steps with a sponsee?
- How do you work the Twelve Traditions with a sponsee?
November 9th | Four recovered panelists from the Channel Islands Intergroup and other areas will share their experience with sponsoring and being sponsored. This workshop includes a Q & A session and a Sponsor/Sponsee meet and greet. This is a great workshop for anyone who:
– Needs a sponsor
– Has a sponsor
– Wants to start sponsoring
In other words – Everyone!
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Faith Lutheran Church, 1335 Vallecito Place, Carpinteria, CA
12pm-1pm Fellowship Lunch (bring your own lunch)
1pm-4pm Panel Discussion
$10 suggested donation (No one will be turned away)
Questions? Contact Michelle W. (818) 515-6593 or Amy W. (646) 373-6828 or Natalie G. (310) 488-2893 or email email@example.com
For further information about this and other events, visit the Central Coast Intergroup site.
OA Channel Islands Intergroup will host a booth at Ojai Day, Saturday, October 19th from 10:00 – 5:00 in Libbey Park, near the fountain.
OA Members with at least 30 days of abstinence will be on hand to carry the message of recovery through the 12 Steps of OA and offer handouts & hope to still suffering compulsive eaters. Stop by and say hello or take a shift.
“Our primary purpose is to abstain from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors and to carry the message of recovery through the Twelve Steps of OA to those who still suffer.”
OA World Service recognizes 12/12 as “Twelfth Step Within Day” — A day to focus on carrying the message to OA members who are in relapse or still suffering from compulsive eating. Twelfth-Step-Within work explicitly supports members we already have. Carry the message of recovery by sharing your experience, strength, and hope..and these OA resources…
- Twelfth-Step-Within Service Ideas
- OA Foot Steps: 12/12 Marathon Phone Meeting
- Breaking Out of Relapse Online Video
- From Slip or Relapse to Recovery
- Been Slipping and Sliding?: a Reading and Writing Tool
- How and Why Does a 12-Step Program Work for Compulsive Eating?
- The Importance of Working All 12 Steps
- Physical Recovery | Emotional Recovery | Spiritual Recovery
- OA3 Appendices: Disease of the Mind, Body and Spirit podcast | pdf
Together we get better!
International Day Experiencing Abstinence (IDEA)