Conference 2021

55th General Service Conference of Alcoholics Anonymous GB 2021

Three New Questions for Conference 2020/21


In the light of the Covid 19 pandemic, all AAGB conference delegates voted to postpone conference 2020 initially to October 2020, then to 2021. The current date for Conference 2021 is 16th-18th April 2021, subject to review.


Responding to questions for conference


You are welcome to respond to the questions for conference here, or by email, until 6 April 2021.

If you live south of the Thames and are part of London Region (South) email us

If you live north of the Thames and are part of London Region (North) email us

Let us know the name of your group, your role in it, and whether you are responding as a group or as an individual.


Click here for the 2020/2021 conference pack and here for the Winter edition of AA service News which contains the 'old' questions.


Consider the contribution to the carrying of the message, financial and practical implications when deliberating each question.


COMMITTEE No. 1

NEW QUESTION:

Committee 1, Question 4

  1. Review proposed addition to the AA Structure Handbook for Great Britain 2018, in the chapter ‘The General Service Board’, section 3, under the heading ‘Appointment of new members of the General Service Board’ (pages 112-113).

Background

It is proposed that the following sentence be added as a stand-alone paragraph:

‘Interviews for prospective Trustees will be conducted only when there are two or more Trustee candidates from the region.‘

For more detailed background to this question, see Proposed text Structure Handbook_Trustees_page 112.pdf

All conference background material can be found on in the AA-GB document library > Conference 2021 folder

Consider the contribution to the carrying of the message, financial and practical implications when deliberating each question.


COMMITTEE No. 5

NEW QUESTION:

Committee 5, Question 3

  1. Would Conference consider the best way to keep archive material intact? Should there be a move to ask all Region and Intergroup Archivists to pass their older material - say anything older than 10 years – up to York for safe keeping?

Would Conference also consider that intergroup or regions’ archive material, even though stored at the home of the Archivist or under lock and key elsewhere, remain the property of AA, despite voluntary rotation, or the incumbent passing away.

Consider the contribution to the carrying of the message, financial and practical implications when deliberating each question.


COMMITTEE No. 6

NEW QUESTION:

Committee 6, Question 3

  1. Would the Fellowship share experience of the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on AA in Great Britain at group level and make recommendations on suitable commitments and an appropriate service path for newcomers at online meetings?

Background

Things to consider:

  • Contactless Tradition 7 payments as discussed at Conference 2018 Committee 2 Q1 or regular direct debit bank transfers from members to groups, intergroups or GSO
  • How online groups may become part of the structure of AA GB (e.g. to join existing Intergroups or create an online Intergroup)
  • Tradition 4 – each group is autonomous etc.
  • Hybrid meetings with face-to-face facility shared with online facility
  • Multi-meeting groups so that rental costs can be shared amongst two or more meetings
  • Groups moving from church and community halls into lecture theatres in universities and hospitals for greater meeting capacity, projector & screen facilities and social distancing
  • It could be helpful to identify online service roles for those in early sobriety. In physical meetings, a common progression might be from tea-making and greeting, through literature and secretary/treasurer, thence to a GSR role and ultimately service outside the group.

Consider the contribution to the carrying of the message, financial and practical implications when deliberating each question.