CoDA's 12 Traditions: Tradition #10

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Subject: CoDA's 12 Traditions: Tradition #10
Date: October 5th 2018

This is the 10th 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 #10 -

CoDA has no opinion on outside issues; hence the CoDA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.

Tradition Ten gives the CoDA Fellowship a direct guideline—CoDA has no opinion on outside issues. These words define a boundary for CoDA. By following this guideline, the Fellowship is able to avoid public controversy. As members of the Fellowship, we don't represent Co-Dependents Anonymous in public regarding any issue. CoDA has no opinions on anything outside of our Fellowship.

..... We experience strength in our Fellowship when we keep the commitment to our common welfare. With our primary purpose foremost in our minds, we put aside our differences and welcome all those who desire healthy and loving relationships. We learn that an outside issue is anything that has the potential to distract us from our primary purpose as stated in Tradition Five, “Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to other codependents who still suffer.”

..... We gather together to share our personal experience, strength, and hope of recovery from codependency. CoDA meetings are not the place to discuss our opinions about worldly topics. Honoring this Tradition, we provide a place of safety for everyone, regardless of religious or political preference. ..... It does matter that we work the Steps, follow the Traditions, and desire healthy and loving relationships.

..... * If someone in my home group promotes a specific religious affiliation, is that a violation of Tradition Ten?




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