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March 2011: Mission responsible

Extend the hand of AA or your sobriety will self-destruct in three seconds

"Some time ago I started putting a meeting schedule into my local library’s copy of the Big Book."

I’ve been hearing the Responsibility Pledge recited lately at some of the meetings I attend. Its official name is the Responsibility Declaration, written by Al S., a Grapevine editor and trustee, and introduced in 1965 at the 30th International Convention in Toronto. What did we ever do before internet search engines?

It got me to thinking: Exactly how do I extend the hand of AA? I know it’s not something my home group can do; it’s something I have to do myself.

One obvious way is to literally extend my hand to an unfamiliar person at a meeting. If I see someone I... Login to read more
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