Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Defiance is an outstanding characteristic of alcoholics. True humility and an open mind can lead us to faith.
Bill W. — Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions
For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority – a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
The group conscience will, in the end, prove a far more infallible guide for group affairs than any individual member, however good or wise he may be. Hence we can safely dispense with those exhortations and punishments seemingly so necessary to other societies.
Bill W. — letter to The Grapevine, January 1948
The General Service Conference of AA has become, for nearly every practical purpose, the active voice and the effective conscience of our whole society.
The power of the groups and members to alter their world service structure and to criticize its operation is virtually supreme. In order to get effective action, the groups must delegate the actual operational authority to chosen service representatives who are fully empowered to speak and to act for them.
Bill W. – Twelve Concepts for World Service