The First International A.A. History Conference
September 6-7, 2013, Portland, Maine, Specifics
By Dick B.
© 2013 Anonymous. All rights reserved
How and Why You Can Bring Your Mission and Expertise to the Birthplace of Christian Endeavor via the Christian Fellowship, Book of Acts, and Practices of “Old-School” A.A.
September is always a busy month. But the beginning of September is the time for you to plan to join us at The First International Alcoholics Anonymous History Conference in Portland, Maine, on September 6-7, 2013–and even before and after those dates in specific meetings and discussions which will enhance your efforts and teach others your heritage for recovery from alcoholism and addiction using the tools of early A.A.’s Christian Fellowship, the practices and successes of First Century Christians, and the untarnished biblical relationship with God that was the epitome of early A.A. success. And still is planted on the firm “conference-approved” Solution set forth on page 25 of the 4th edition of Alcoholics Anonymous.
• Participation will be free and international in leadership and techniques.
• Participants will be folks from all over who want to apply A.A.’s effective historical, biblical, successful principles and practices today.
• As covered below, the range of contributions and skills of participants, leaders, and speakers will either encompass your heritage and techniques today and/or inspire you to work with, support, teach and learn from other skill sets that apply to you and to all of us.
A full two conference days; and a week (Sept. 6-12) to meet with Dick B. and Ken B. and learn how to:
• Start an A.A. History-Bible Study Group that is a Fellowship, shows you the roots of A.A., and tells you how and why to seek and apply God’s help in recovery today.
• Five major talks on:
1. The new era of A.A. history and how recovery successes really began to be molded and pointed at the suffering drunk in New England—particularly Vermont.
2. How to look at A.A.’s historical roots as a tool to enhance and apply in recovery today the role that God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible played and can play in the recovery arena and programs today.
3. What sponsors need to add to their spiritual tool kits.
4. How more personal and direct information to and focus on the newcomer can be restored and enabled to produce more recoveries today.
5. How the alarming impairment of physicians, nurses, dentists, technicians, pharmacists, clergy, lawyers, and treatment leaders can be prevented, corrected, and bring hope and effectiveness back to the treatment scenes.
• Special talks on Friday by leaders on topics of special interest in such fields as:
o Quiet Time and the Eleventh Step.
o Techniques of Quiet Time.
o The real roots of A.A. in Vermont as manifested in the YMCA, Rescue Missions, Evangelists like Dwight Moody, Congregationalism, Salvation Army, and United Society of Christian Endeavor
o The potential today arising out of insights by Christian Endeavor International, Rescue Missions, Salvation Army, and Young Men’s Christian Association
o The Christian upbringing of A.A.’s cofounders Bill W. and Dr. Bob.
o How the first 3 got sober; the program, principles, and practices they employed; and the manifestations of that original program reported in Dick B. and Ken B., Stick with the Winners! http://mcaf.ee/s50mq; Pioneer Stories in Alcoholics Anonymous http://mcaf.ee/gj7iw; A.A. Pamphlet P-53; and the First Edition reprint of Alcoholics Anonymous with Introduction by Dick B. (Dover Publications) http://mcaf.ee/j4hq5
o The Program and Radio Show of International Christian Recovery Coalition (www.ChristianRecoveryCoalition.com; http://www.ChristianRecoveryRadio.com)
o Programs for impaired professionals.
o Christian treatment programs
o Christian counseling programs – for AAs, NAs, Codependents, etc.
o Christian sober living programs
o Christian Recovery Fellowships
o Overcoming restrictions and censorship of program activity through standing on Conference-approved literature for openers.
o How groups are already dealing effectively with rigidity at “governing” levels in 12 Step Fellowships.
o How groups are starting, forming, and conducting Christian recovery fellowships and groups today—around the globe.
o What International Christian Recovery Coalition offers, at no cost, to enhance information about the role played by God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible.
o The effectiveness of spiritual retreats for AAs, families, and newcomers today.
o How the Steps and Big Book can be presented in terms of the Traditions and A.A. facts.
o The role that Christian Recovery Radio and its interviews are playing today.
o Community recovery outreach programs at The Crossing, Rock Recovery, Manna House Ministries, Won Way Out, CrossFlorida, Serenity Groups, Residential recovery programs like “Rescue,” Study groups like those at Cornerstone Fellowship and Calvary Church of Los Gatos.
o More . . . to be suggested by you.
• Special groups conducted by leaders on the foregoing talks and embodying participation by those attending.
• An introductory roundtable of leaders who share their work, their plans, their needs, their visions, and what they bring to the Conference.
• Meetings of individuals and small groups throughout the week with Dick B. and Ken B. in the restaurant or lobby of their hotel, in their hotel room, in other restaurants, and/or where otherwise convenient. To arrange a meeting, please contact Ken B. in advance of the conference on his cell phone at 1-808-276-4945.
• As more and more attendees register and make their schedules, needs, and desires known, the conference plans are flexible and designed to produce networking, sharing of friendships, and development of new avenues of outreach.
• Just since the First Nationwide A.A. History Conference in May 2009 at the Mariners Church Community Center, conferences, seminars, interviews, meetings, fellowships, participants, and networking have grown into the International Christian Recovery Coalition (www.ChristianRecoveryCoalition.com) with “Participants” in nearly all 50 states and 14 other countries. There is a Christian Recovery Movement on the march; and it provides a badly needed restoration of the role of Divine Aid today. You can become one of the movers and leaders and commentators.
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