Our membership ought to include all who suffer from alcoholism. Hence we may refuse none who wish to recover. Nor ought A.A. membership ever depend upon money or conformity. Any two or three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation. (long form)
As you can see above, Tradition Three reminds us to never exclude from A.A. any fellow alcoholic who would like to recover from chronic alcoholism. So if you have a desire to stop drinking, and especially if you are one of us who could not, you are most-welcomed to join any of our many autonomous A.A. fellowships...or to even begin one of your own...
"(God) will show you how to create the fellowship you crave."
("Alcoholics Anonymous", page 164)
And whether you join an existing A.A. group or you and one-or-more others might begin one of your own, always remember: "No one is too discredited or has sunk too low to be welcomed cordially - if s/he means business. Social distinctions, petty rivalries and jealousies - these are laughed out of countenance. Being wrecked in the same vessel, being restored and united under one God, with hearts and minds attuned to the welfare of others, the things which matter so much to some people no longer signify much to (us). How could they?" ("A.A.", page 161)
Here is another interesting part of Tradition Three: "Any two or three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group (or fellowship), provided that, as a group (or fellowship), they have no other affiliation."
Two thoughts come to mind there:
1) Nobody ever has to apply for an A.A. charter! Whenever any two-or-more alcoholics wish to "call themselves an A.A. group" or fellowship, they may do so with nothing but encouragement -- no challenges to navigate -- from the rest!
2) Be cautious of mere meetings mistakenly being called "A.A. groups". Our "sufficient substitute for alcohol" can be found within a fellowship in Alcoholics Anonymous (page 152), and even whether or not those folks "go to meetings", as such. See, some folks view A.A. as a place or organization for "support" while-or-where everyone present tries to not drink, and many so-called "A.A. meetings" get started upon that mistaken premise. But for those of us wishing to actually recover and to remain that way, we find it much more beneficial to gather together and call ourselves an A.A. group (then conducting our A.A. group's A.A. meetings) than to be "members-at-large", so to speak, attending various meetings mistakenly being called "A.A. groups". In other words: True A.A. groups are autonomous spiritual entities or "organisms" consisting of people, not mere meetings scheduled under the auspices (endorsement) of some kind of organization.
... more to be added ...
Category: The Traditions We Practice
- A.A. Tradition One
- A.A. Tradition Two
- A.A. Tradition Four
- A.A. Tradition Five
- A.A. Tradition Six
- A.A. Tradition Seven
- A.A. Tradition Eight
- A.A. Tradition Nine
- A.A. Tradition Ten
- A.A. Tradition Eleven
- A.A. Tradition Twelve