CoDA's 12 Traditions: Tradition #7

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Subject: CoDA's 12 Traditions: Tradition #7
Date: September 14th 2018


This is the 7th in a series of excerpts from the CoDA Workbook. We are in process of sending you 1 tradition each week for a total of 12 weeks.

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The traditions are the foundation of our program & of our yearly Service Conference.

Please note that all material below this paragraph is taken directly from the CoDA Workbook & is Conference approved. While we are sharing it with the fellowship in the spirit of recovery and service, the copyright to this material is fully owned by Codependents Anonymous, inc (2013).

Tradition #7 - Every CoDA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.

Our Seventh Tradition is about CoDA meetings and CoDA service groups being fully self supporting. One way a meeting or group supports itself is financially, which is crucial to the survival and growth of CoDA. Another, and equally crucial way of being selfsupporting, is through our service work.

..... Groups are self-supporting, in part, when: • meetings/groups pay for their meeting space • meetings/groups make donations to CoDA’s service structure (local, regional, national, and international) • members share experience, strength, and hope on a regular basis • service positions are filled • service positions are rotated

Self-supporting means that groups look within themselves for funding. Accepting outside contributions creates outside affiliation as discussed in Tradition Six......Adherence to Tradition Seven protects CoDA groups from outside influence or obligations. To illustrate the problem of a meeting not being fully self-supporting, consider the following:

In a member’s will, it was asked that money be given each year to a CoDA community group to help spread the word to the Fellowship. As there are no guidelines for CoDA on this kind of matter, the initial group conscience of the CoDA community group decided that if it was in his will, it would be done. Questions of what to do with this money (spend it, save it, how much to spend, pass it on) diverted the group from being fully self-supporting, as it had been before the bequest.

..... In what ways may it be harmful to the meeting if I take on too many service commitments? .....

..... What constitutes an outside contribution in a meeting?




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