Meeting Formats Updated with New Preamble
Representing the group conscience of the OA Fellowship, delegates at WSBC 2015 voted to amend the OA Preamble, a summary statement about OA and its purpose. The new Preamble language is now included in the following meeting formats, which are now available for download:
- Suggested Meeting Format
- Suggested Telephone Meeting Format
- Suggested Recovery from Relapse Meeting Format
- Suggested Step Study Meeting Format
The revised Preamble can also be found in About OA on oa.org.
The new Preamble reads:
Overeaters Anonymous is a Fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength, and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating. We welcome everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. There are no dues or fees for members; we are self-supporting through our own contributions, neither soliciting nor accepting outside donations. OA is not affiliated with any public or private organization, political movement, ideology or religious doctrine.; we take no position on outside issues. Our primary purpose is to abstain from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors and to carry the message of recovery through the Twelve Steps of OA to those who still suffer.
NEW BOOK! Taste of Lifeline Now Available!
OA’s latest book is now on sale in the bookstore. Taste of Lifeline is a curated collection of more than one hundred stories from the pages of Lifeline, featuring:
- Personal accounts by OA members writing about their challenges and how they work the OA program.
- Stories for newcomers, stories about recovery from relapse, stories about long-term recovery, stories from international members, and much more.
- Journal questions so that you, your sponsee, and your group can use the Tool of writing to find and strengthen your recovery.
- “Welcome Home!” OA’s beloved story of outreach to compulsive eaters around the world.
Get OA’s new Taste of Lifeline at bookstore.oa.org (#970/$13.50; #971/$303.75, box of 25). Shipping not included.
Taste of Lifeline is also available as an e-book from popular online retailers.
Revised OA Handbook for Members, Groups, and Service Bodies
The newly revised OA Handbook for Members, Groups, and Service Bodies (#120, $2.25) received the Conference seal of approval at WSBC 2015. The newly revised Handbook includes an index and offers suggestions on how to start an OA group and keep it going, along with important information about service at the group, intergroup, service board, region, and world service levels. The Handbook is now available for purchase at bookstore.oa.org.
Remember the new 2015 Handbook reflects the group conscience of OA. Older versions of the Handbook that are unsold are now obsolete and should not be sold or distributed to members or the public.
Twelve Stepping a Problem Wallet Card
The pocket card includes a twelve-question exercise, the Twelve Steps, and the Serenity Prayer.