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

Step 7

Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

“Everywhere we saw failure and misery transformed by humility into priceless assets. We saw story after story of how humility had brought strength out of weakness.”

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 75

Tradition 7

Every A.A group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.

“As A.A. emerged from its infancy into adolescence, we swung from the idea that we needed vast sums of money to the notion that A.A. shouldn’t have any. “

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 161

Concept 7

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.

“We have taken great pains to reserve final authority to the Conference by practical and traditional means. By legal means we have delegated ample functional and discretionary authority to the trustees. We believe this balance can be maintained indefinitely because the one is protected by tradition and the other by law.” 

Twelve Concepts for World Service, p. 22

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.