From the March 2019 magazine.

Should we say it?

A member who loves the Lord’s Prayer wonders if AA is the place to use it

While I appreciate the Fourth Tradition, which states, “Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole,” I believe that it’s important that we use Conference-approved literature in meetings. 

If the group conscience decides that it is acceptable for one member to read non-AA literature, then it has to be OK for the next member, and so on. This raises a big question about who would determine what material is acceptable. Before we know it, people would be reading scripture, treatment-center pamphlets, even astrology. I’ve seen this firsthand. Outside material can become a mess that puts our unity at risk. 

-- Carrie B.

Bend, Oregon

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