CoDA's 12 Traditions: Tradition #9

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Subject: CoDA's 12 Traditions: Tradition #9
Date: September 27th 2018


This is the 9th 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.

Previous mailings can be found here: You may want to enter traditions in the search box.

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 #9 - CoDA, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.

This Tradition protects the service structure of CoDA to serve the changing needs of the Fellowship by stating that CoDA, as such, ought never be organized. The Fellowship gives direction to the service boards made up of trusted servants, and the work is done accordingly. These trusted servants do not govern.....Our guidance comes from the Steps, the Traditions, and our Higher Power as revealed to us through our group conscience process.

.....Tradition Nine protects this freedom for each CoDA group. Each meeting or service group can support this Tradition by rotating service positions. Rotating positions also prevents dominance from individuals that may lead to control and a more rigid, organized structure.

.....One of the links between Step Nine and Tradition Nine is that both ask us to be responsible. In Step Nine, we become responsible to ourselves for our actions and acknowledge our right to be, think, and feel; we acknowledge others’ right to do the same. In Tradition Nine, we accept our responsibility to trust the authority of the group conscience of those we are serving. We let go of our personal agendas and are reminded that the power in CoDA lies in our collective Higher Power and the group conscience of the Fellowship.

Co-Dependents Anonymous, Incorporated (CoDA) and CoDA Resource Publishing, Incorporated (CoRe) are separate structures with certain legal duties to perform in being responsible for the matters of each respective corporation, but their common purpose is to serve the CoDA Fellowship. Some CoDA communities may incorporate to sign leases for rent requirements, to gain non-profit tax status, to handle insurance liability, and more..... Leaders hold positions of responsibility; the ultimate authority of all these groups is a group conscience. The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Co-Dependents Anonymous guide us all. In the interest of CoDA as a whole, Tradition Nine reminds us that CoDA is guided by the group conscience.




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