Step 7: Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
Original Manuscript Form: Humbly, on our knees, asked Him to remove our shortcomings - holding nothing back.
Tradition 7: The A.A. groups themselves ought to be fully supported by the voluntary contributions of their own members. 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. Then too, we view with much concern those A.A. treasuries which continue, beyond prudent reserves, to accumulate funds for no stated A.A. purpose. Experience has often warned us that nothing can so surely destroy our spiritual heritage as futile disputes over property, money, and authority.
* Honestly now, do I do all I can to help AA (my group, my central office, my GSO) remain self-supporting? Could I put a little more into the basket on behalf of the new guy who can’t afford it yet? How generous was I when tanked in a barroom?
* Should the Grapevine sell advertising space to book publishers and drug companies, so it could make a big profit and become a bigger magazine, in full color, at a cheaper price per copy?
* If GSO runs short of funds some year, wouldn’t it be okay to let the government subsidize AA groups in hospitals and prisons?
* Is it more important to get a big AA collection from a few people, or a smaller collection in which more members participate?
* Is a group treasurer’s report unimportant AA business? How does the treasurer feel about it?
* How important in my recovery is the feeling of self-respect, rather than the feeling of being always under obligation for charity received?
Concept VII: The Charter and Bylaws of the General Service Board are legal instruments, empowering the trustees to manage and conduct world service affairs. The Conference Charter is not a legal document; it relies upon tradition and the A.A. purse for final effectiveness.
* Do we act responsibly regarding the “power of the purse?”
* Do we realize that the practical and spiritual power of the Conference will nearly always be superior to the legal power of the G.S.B.?