Northwest Debtors Anonymous

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There Is A Solution meeting of Debtors Anonymous


6pm to 7pm – Seattle (North Ballard) – There Is A Solution (Group #1186)

This meeting is temporarily being held online. To join the Zoom meeting, click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84953198823 To dial in by phone, call (669) 900-6833 and enter Meeting ID: 849 5319 8823 


Opening and Welcome
Welcome to the Sunday evening There Is A Solution meeting of Debtors Anonymous.  This is an open meeting; everybody is welcome.  Please click the microphone button in the lower corner of your screen to mute yourselves until you want to speak.


My name is __________________________, and I am a ____________.  Please join me in a full minute of silence to reflect on why we are here, followed by the Serenity Prayer.


God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.  


Preamble 
Debtors Anonymous is a fellowship of people who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from compulsive debting. 

 
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop incurring unsecured debt.  There are no dues or fees for DA membership.  We are self supporting through our own contributions.  DA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organizations, or institutions; does not wish to engage in any controversy; and neither endorses nor opposes any causes.  Our primary purpose is to stop debting one day at a time and help other compulsive debtors stop incurring unsecured debt.  


Readings 
I have asked ________________ to read the 12 Steps of Debtors Anonymous.  
I have asked ________________ to read the 12 Traditions of Debtors Anonymous.  


Visitors and Newcomers 
Are there any visitors from out of town?  Are there any newcomers?  We invite you to introduce yourself by first name only, not to embarrass you, but so we might get to know you.  Welcome!  


If newcomers are present, read:  
If you are having problems with money and debt and think you may be a compulsive debtor, you have come to the right place, and we can help you.  In DA you can find a new way of living that offers recovery from compulsive debting and hope for a healthier, happier, and more prosperous life.  We suggest you keep an open mind and attend at least six meetings as soon as possible.  If you do not like one meeting, attend another.  


Schedules for area DA meetings are available for free at northwestda.org, and we have a phone list of DA members who are willing to help you with pressure relief group meetings called our PRG list.  Other conference approved literature is available after the meeting and is priced as marked.  


The important thing is that you keep coming back.  Is there anyone here who is willing to sponsor a newcomer or help them find a sponsor?  (Newcomer packet sent around and signed.)


Reading/Speaker/Event
This is a literature study meeting.  When there is a fifth Sunday, we hold a special event.  Our last special event was December 29.  Our next special event is tonight!  We hold a business meeting after the first Sunday of the month, where we discuss service positions, meeting solvency, special event planning, and other business of this meeting.  Everyone is welcome to use the DA tool of Business Meetings by joining us.  Our next business meeting will be April 5, 2020.  


At 6:20 p.m.:
It is now time for the 7th Tradition.  DA has no dues or fees.  We are self supporting through our own contributions.  You may contribute via Venmo when we figure this out.  If it fits in your spending plan, please increase your 7th Tradition contributions to support the Fellowship! Members can donate at debtorsanonymous.org/contribute  Please give as generously as you can.  However, if you cannot, please keep coming back.  If this is your first, second, or third meeting, please save your money for DA literature, which is available for purchase on the debtorsanonymous.org/literature website.


DA as a fellowship depends on contributions from its groups.  Our group gives $30 dollars of our monthly donations to the church and contributes $15 dollars to the General Service Office and $10 to the Northwest DA Intergroup.  Help us meet our responsibility for supporting the fellowship as a whole.  


Zoom meetings are available for PRGs.


Are there any announcements for the good of DA?

  
1. Saturday April 25, 2020 IS D.A.'S INTERNATIONAL PROMISE 6 DAY: 
"Isolation will give way to fellowship; faith will replace fear."  
It's as simple as reaching out to one other fellow. Take the initiative to meet up with another person(s) in program on this day. Meetings and Intergroups are also encouraged to come up with simple fellowship activities* like shared meals, hikes, or outings for members to break out of isolation and celebrate connection in observance of our Sixth Promise.


*Even in times of social distancing groups might celebrate fellowship on this day in a number of ways: hosting a teleconference sing-a-long, meeting up for a multiplayer online game, having a video conference fashion and talent show. Now is the right time to make time to connect.


2. As per the order, the General Service Office will continue to do business remotely on a limited basis. Please anticipate that there will be a delay in fulfilling literature orders. Literature can be purchased online at debtorsanonymous.org/ebooks.


At 6:25 p.m.:  
Schedule:  
• Week 1:  Reading the step of the month from the DA 12s.  
• Week 2:  Reading from a Currency of Hope.  
• Week 3:  Reading the tradition of the month from the DA 12s.  
• Week 4:  Speaker, recorded speaker, or CD 
• Week 5:  Special Event 


Now is the time for sharing.  In DA we do not engage in cross talk, which we define as members interrupting or directly addressing another sharer.  We keep the focus of our sharing on our experience, strength, and hope.  We request that you keep your share to 3 minutes.  Who would be willing to time the sharers?  


At 6:40 p.m.:  
Are there any newcomers who would like to share?  If not, we have 15 minutes left for sharing. Once everyone has shared, invite people to share again, which may include sharing a vision and an action step.


At 6:55 p.m.:  
Thank you for being here today.  It is now time for closing.  


Read the 12 Promises of Debtors Anonymous.
In closing, we would like to remind you that in Debtors Anonymous we practice Tradition Twelve, which is the principle of anonymity.  This assures us the freedom to express ourselves at meetings and in private conversations without fear that our comments will be repeated.  We keep what is shared at meetings confidential.  As we work the steps and practice DA's traditions and concepts, we are reminded that recovery is possible and that we are all here for a common purpose to recover from compulsive debting one day at a time. (Revised 2017)


Now you are invited to say the "We" version of the Serenity Prayer:  
God, grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, courage to change the things we can, and wisdom to know the difference.