From the March 1987 magazine.

What's a Group Conscience?

BUSINESS MEETING TONIGHT

"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."

One of the most appealing statements to me in all of the AA literature is the twelve words in the middle of the Second Tradition: "a loving God as He may express himself in our group conscience." This told me that God was speaking to me through my group, through Alcoholics Anonymous. As long as I listened to this message, I couldn't go wrong. My whole attitude and outlook upon life would change. I would know a new freedom and a new happiness. I would not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. These were the things I was hearing around the tables.

-- J. M. and M. M.

Indiana, Pennsylvania

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