Embracing Change and Tradition Five

A member applies her sense of this tradition to various AA customs

Some months ago, I was asked to speak on the topic of "Embracing Change and Tradition Five." I came to AA in 1987 and have been sober since 1988. Personally, I have always resisted change both inside and outside of AA. I long for a home group where there is no chanting, AA birthdays are a simple announcement at the meeting with cake to follow after the meeting, the readings are not a group activity and the donation of a turkey for the annual Gratitude Banquet spurs a 30-minute lively discussion in the business meeting as to just how the donation of a turkey purchased with 7th Tradition monies is in line with the Tradition Five.

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