From the June 2012 magazine.

June 2012: Good Neighbors

One group's move affects another and sends them on the road to an amends

Photo of Perry St. Meeting Group, NYC by P.J. (for illustrative purposes only.)

My home group met at one of the local clubs in our area. Although we were not affiliated with the club, we rented their meeting room. In early 2007, we learned that the club was closing its location and moving; however, at the time we could not be guaranteed a meeting place at the new location. Our group began to research other possibilities, and we found a meeting place at a church. There was a meditation group meeting upstairs at the same time as our meeting, but the church official did not think this would be a conflict, as long as we were quiet.

As we prepared for the move in March 2007, we began to discuss, in our group conscience, how we would announce anniversaries, and how we would deal with the clapping that goes on during those announcements. Keeping in mind the Fourth Tradition, “Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole,” we concluded that it would be difficult for our group to accept a location in which we might interfere with another group already meeting there—especially a meditation group. We decided to explore other meeting place options.

-- Cindy S.

Rochester, New York

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