CoDA's 12 Traditions: Tradition #2

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Subject: CoDA's 12 Traditions: Tradition #2
Date: August 10th 2018

To prepare for the CoDA Service Conference, the CoDA Board and the CoDA Email List Coordinator would like to share the Twelve Traditions with the CoDA fellowship. We plan to email you excerpts of 1 Tradition each week for the next 12 weeks.

The Traditions are the foundation of our program & and of our CoDA's 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 #2: For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority— a loving Higher Power as expressed to our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.

Excerpted from the CoDA workbook:

Tradition Two reminds us that a loving Higher Power is greater than the individual, group, or trusted servant. This Tradition allows us to experience humility by recognizing where our direction comes from. This Tradition points out that no one person leads the group, makes plans for the group, or provides answers for the group. The group conscience process offers us safety. Without crosstalk, arguing or shaming, we become willing to speak our truth, remain open to others’ opinions, and let go of results. We listen to what is being said, instead of noticing who is saying it. ..... Knowing that group members can only speak from their place in recovery, we strive to avoid judging one another. We believe in progress, not perfection. We honor the outcome of the group conscience.

We accept the group conscience as our ultimate authority......We let go of our own agenda, trust the group conscience, and remember that we don’t have to like something we accept.

Apart from understanding what it means to be a trusted servant, Tradition Two begins to define the structure of our program:

• a loving Higher Power • the group conscience • trusted servants

The structure of Tradition Two provides unity and, with unity, we can recover.

..... At each level, a discussion is held so that all members have an opportunity to speak their individual or group opinion. This allows Higher Power to work at each level of the Fellowship.




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Per the 2nd tradition, For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority, a loving higher power as expressed to our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern. Developing a group conscience requires an informed fellowship, & to be effective trusted servants those you've elected must know the group conscience of the fellowship.

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