From the January 2013 magazine.

January 2013: The Motion Fails

With the guidance of the group conscience, this member gets some well-earned experience on unity

TRADITION ONE: Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity.

When I came to AA in 1981 in Guelph, Ontario, the Lord’s Prayer was recited to close the meeting, but there was no holding of hands. I was a bit leery of saying the prayer, as I was an agnostic, although I’d said it in public school growing up. I was relieved that we didn’t have to hold hands, as I didn’t trust anyone—men or women.

As a newcomer, I decided to stay in AA because I felt the warmth and acceptance of the Fellowship, although the members at my meeting...

-- Linda H.

Cutler, Ontario, Canada