General Information Page
A Serenity Place Founding Statement & Policies
Every Al-Anon meeting has a different 'flavor'. This includes online
meetings like A Serenity Place. This page is here to give
prospective members a taste of what it might be like in A Serenity Place.
Some people want more structure in their meetings, some less, some just a
little different. Here you can see what our structure is. If you like it, you
may want to join us. If you don't like what you see here, you may want to
continue your search for the right online meeting for you.
The founders of A Serenity Place put their combined
Experience, Strength & Hope into these policies to provide a stable
foundation for a healthy online meeting. Stability is fostered by requiring
substantial unanimity to amend these core policies, similar to way the stability
of the Al-Anon program itself is assured by maintaining the Steps, Traditions
and Concepts the way they were written.
This page also serves as a reminder to our current members of some of our
policies. These policies are posted here so that every one in our group knows
where to find them.
The Founding Policies of A Serenity Place
- These Founding Policies are subject to amendment by substantial
unanimity of the full membership of A Serenity Place.
Amendments are defined as changes to Core Policies and will be added to the end
of this list of policies. Substantial unanimity is defined to be the same as
that required to change the Steps, Traditions or Concepts at the fellowship
level; 75% of all members must affirm the change.
- A Serenity Place is a Closed meeting. Prospective members
must affirm their qualification to Al-Anon, according to the Third Tradition,
prior to joining this meeting.
- Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions. Repeating of
personal shares for any purpose is considered a violation of this tradition.
- A Serenity Place follows the Twelve Traditions as closely
as possible; focusing on our similarities with face-to-face meetings and the
general fellowship, rather than focusing on our differences.
- A Serenity Place recognizes and accepts that the Al-Anon
fellowship, as a whole, has not yet determined how and where electronic meetings
fit into the structure of the fellowship. In the spirit of unity and the Fourth
Tradition, A Serenity Place will participate in the search for
a solution through explicit cooperation with the World Service Office,
representing the United States and Canada, as we seek our place in this
- The Group Conscious. No single person speaks for the meeting. A group
conscious is the voice of the meeting. The definition of a group conscious may
vary according to the issue before the meeting. At A Serenity Place
taking the group conscious will follow these guidelines:
a) Amendment to Founding Policies is defined above.
b) Substantive changes to the meeting (affects the majority of the
membership) require a 2/3 majority of voting members.
c) Minor changes to the meeting (do not affect the majority of the
membership) require a simple majority of the voting membership.
d) Elections of trusted servants will adopt the election procedure as
described in the 'Election of World Service Delegate' in the Al-Anon Service
Manual, except that a majority vote will elect a trusted servant at A
e) A period of seven (7) days will be available following each: motions
brought before the entire meeting, trusted servant vacancy announcements, and
- Dominance is a constant threat to any Al-Anon meeting. No one person may
hold more than one service job at a time or hold consecutive terms at A
- Al-Anon is a spiritual program; discussion of specific religion tenets has
no place here.
- Al-Anon literature is known as Conference Approved Literature (CAL);
discussion of other literature is discouraged except for brief sharing of ES&H
(not quotations) of AA literature.
- No flamingdisciplinary/Netiquette issues will be addressed by
Greeting Committee for general membership, and by the Steering Committee for
habitual abusers or trusted servant problems.
- List Administrators subscribe individuals by direction of Greeter; or
unsubscribe individuals by direction of member or at the direction of the
Steering Committee. List Administrator will immediately unsubscribe anyone who
violates list/server security.
- The Steering Committee is the primary business committee of A
Serenity Place. The Steering Committee is composed of all elected
officers, Chair persons of committees (but not sub-committees), two 'founders'
(the original founders of A Serenity Place or those most nearly
so), and two general members of A Serenity Place. Only the
Steering Committee has 'jurisdiction' over issues of member/trusted servant
behavior; the Steering Committee has the authority to unsubscribe individuals
(or remove trusted servants from office) who somehow violate Group policy so
that the Group needs them to leavea similar process to what the Alateens