Please consider adding your own reflections to the EA Trustees' thoughts on the monthly reflection.The order of the Principles and Steps follow the calendar months. In 2019 we will work our way through the Traditions as they relate to the Steps.
The 12 Traditions are the guidelines by which our group and our fellowship function.They have proven over the years to be an effective way of holding the fellowship and individual groups together.
Tradition 7: Every EA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
EA members support EA. If EA members do not support EA, we won't have our meetings for our personal recovery, we won't have EA International with all the work they do and we won't be able to continue to spread the EA message around the world to those who still suffer from emotional problems. When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of EA always to be there. And for that I am responsible (AA responsibility pledge). I would venture out to say that most people have either more spare time or more money. If you have time, volunteer to do some form of service. And if you are a busy person, but have money give, do that; and I mean more than $1.00 when the basket goes around. - Derita P., Treasurer, Board of Trustees
The 7th tradition speaks to groups about not receiving money from outside sources. The implication is that since we’re not going to accept outside money for local groups, the individuals who participate in groups understand themselves to be responsible to support the group financially with their donations. The work of EA, however, extends beyond the local group. That’s why I understand conversations about the 7th tradition to be a reminder to all of us about the need to financially support the work of EA International – working on behalf of the entire fellowship. We can do this in two ways - by sending on to EA International group donations - and by sending individual donations to EA International, separately. - Scott J., President, Board of Trustees
Tradition 7 tells me that for the privilege of being able to seek serenity in community with EA members, I have the responsibility to support the work of EA International. In part, this keeps our fellowship free of the outside influences that can be brought in by interest groups. But I believe that by regularly donating—no matter how little—I help build on the spiritual bond I feel between all of us, as we work together to become well emotionally. - Colleen C., Secretary, Board of Trustees
If you would like to submit your reflection for publication consideration, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 15th of the month prior to publication. EA needs member involvement! Please keep your submissions to 100 words. Due to space limitations, not all submissions will be published and they may be edited. We will try to include as many as we can!