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Each month we focus on a Step, Tradition, and Concept, and provide a quote from Bill.

Step 6

Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

“If we ask, God will certainly forgive our derelictions. But in no case does he render us white as snow and keep us that way without our cooperation.”

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 65

Tradition 6

An AA group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.

“We would thus divide the spiritual from the material, confine the A.A. movement to its sole aim, and ensure (however wealthy as individuals we may become) that A.A. itself shall always remain poor. “

Language of the Heart, p. 83

Concept 6

The Conference recognizes that the chief initiative and active responsibility in most world service matters should be exercised by the trustee members of the Conference acting as the General Service Board.

“From top to bottom, our whole service structure indeed resembles that of a large corporation. The A.A. groups are the stockholders; the delegates are their representatives or proxies at the “annual meeting”; our General Service Board Trustees are actually the directors of a “holding company.” and this holding company, the General Service Board, actually owns and controls the subsidiaries which carry on our active world services.” 

Twelve Concepts for World Service, p. 20

All quotes from Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions and Twelve Concepts for World Service are reprinted with permission from A.A. World Services, Inc. The Language of the Heart is a publication of A.A. Grapevine, Inc.