2020 Conference Committee on Literature

Please use this survey to submit your group conscience on the agenda items to our Delegate in preparation for the 2020 General Service Conference.

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* 1. ITEM A: Review progress report regarding the pamphlet “ The Twelve Steps Illustrated.”

Background Notes:

Background:
  1. 12.20.19 Progress report from Publishing Department
  2. Current pamphlet “The Twelve Steps Illustrated” available on G.S.O.’s A.A. website at: https://www.aa.org/assets/en_US/aa-literature/p-55-twelve-steps-illustrated

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* 2. ITEM B: Review progress report regarding the pamphlet “Twelve Concepts for World Service Illustrated.”

Background Notes:

Background:
  1. 12.20.19 Progress report from Publishing Department
  2. Current pamphlet “The Twelve Concepts for World Service Illustrated” available on G.S.O.’s A.A. website at: https://www.aa.org/assets/en_US/aa-literature/p-8-the- twelve-concepts-illustrated 

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* 3. ITEM C: Review progress report regarding the development of the pamphlet on A.A.’s Three Legacies

Background Notes:

Background:
  1. 12.20.19 Publishing Department progress report on the development of a pamphlet on A.A.’s Three Legacies
  2. 11.2.19 Trustees’ Literature Subcommittee on the Development of a Pamphlet Based on A.A.’s Three Legacies progress report

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* 5. ITEM E: Review progress report regarding the pamphlet “Young People and A.A.”

Background Notes:

Background:
  1. 12.20.19 Publishing Department progress report, drafts and /or samples of other formats (See Agenda Item D.1)

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* 6. ITEM F: Review progress report regarding the development of the pamphlet for Spanish-speaking women in A.A.

Background Notes:

Background:
  1. 12.31.19 A.C.M. progress report on the development of a pamphlet for Spanish-speaking Women in A.A.

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* 7. ITEM G: Review draft update of the video “Your General Service Office, the Grapevine and the General Service Structure”

Background Notes:

Background:
  1. 2.10.20 Written summary of verbal update to the February 1, 2020 trustees’ Literature Committee from the staff secretary
  2. Draft updated video “Your General Service Office, Grapevine Office and the General Service Structure” (Confidential – for CLC members only)

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* 8. ITEM H: Review draft language regarding safety and A.A. to be included in Living Sober and “Questions and Answers on Sponsorship.”

Background Notes:

Background:
  1. GSO Publishing Department’s suggested revision for language on safety in Living Sober.
  2. GSO Publishing Department’s suggested revision for language on safety in “Questions and Answers on Sponsorship.”
  3. Current pamphlet “Questions and Answers on Sponsorship” available on G.S.O.’s A.A. website at: http://www.aa.org/assets/en_US/search/p-15-questions-and- answers-on-sponsorship
  4. Current booklet Living Sober available for purchase on G.S.O.’s A.A. website at: https://www.aa.org/assets/en_US/aa-literature/b-7-living-sober (to be mailed to Conference Literature Committee members)

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* 9. ITEM I.1: Discuss draft update of the pamphlet “The Twelve Traditions Illustrated."

Background Notes:

Background:
  1. i. Draft update submitted by Publishing Department of the pamphlet “The Twelve Traditions Illustrated” (Confidential – for CLC members only)
  2. ii. Current pamphlet “The Twelve Traditions Illustrated” available on G.S.O.’s A.A. website at: http://www.aa.org/assets/en_US/search/p-43-the-twelve-traditions-illustrated

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* 10. ITEM I.2: Consider not retiring the existing version of the pamphlet “The Twelve Traditions Illustrated.”

Background Notes:

Background:
  1. i. 1.1.20 Excerpt from email submitted by TLC member
  2. ii. 1.13.20 Excerpt from memo from G.S.O. Archives Director to G.S.O. staff on the Literature assignment
  3. iii. Current pamphlet “The Twelve Traditions Illustrated” available on G.S.O.’s A.A. website at: http://www.aa.org/assets/en_US/search/p-43-the-twelve-traditions-illustrated

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* 12. ITEM J.2: Review “ A.A.W.S. Inc., Policy on Conversion of Written Conference-approved Literature and Service Material into Video Format”

Background Notes:

Background:
  1. Excerpt from January 15, 2020 email from A.A.W.S. Board Chair regarding A.A.W.S. policy
  2. Proposed “A.A.W.S. Policy on Conversion of Written Conference-approved Literature and Service Material into Video Format”
  3. “A.A.W.S. Policy on Publication of Literature: Updating Pamphlets and Other A.A. Materials” (2018) proposed to the 2019 General Service Conference (See Agenda Item J.1.iii)
  4. A.A. Appendix C – Current Charter (See agenda item J.1.iv)

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* 13. ITEM K: Consider if proposed agenda items for plain language, simplified language, accessible translations and large print versions of the book Alcoholics Anonymous as well as workbooks to help study the program of Alcoholics Anonymous can be addressed with a common solution.

Background Notes:

Background:
  1. Proposal and background letter for the 2019 General Service Conference to consider translating the book Alcoholics Anonymous into a 5th-grade level.
  2. Proposal and background letter for the 2019 General Service Conference to consider an individualized workbook to accompany the book Alcoholics Anonymous
  3. 9.17.19 Memo from the General Service Board Chair to the trustees’ Literature Committee with request related to various items
  4. 9.24.19 Memo from the trustees’ Literature Chair to possible subcommittee members related to request from the General Service Board Chair
  5. 10.11.19 Email from the trustees’ Literature Chair to committee members
  6. 2.10.20 Report from the trustees’ Literature Committee related to “Researching Issues, Possible Tools and Access to the Book, Alcoholics Anonymous”
  7. Background forwarded from the trustees’ Literature Committee on a request to remove chapters from the book Alcoholics Anonymous
  8. Background forwarded from the trustees’ Literature Committee on a request to allow diverse spiritual background in the book Alcoholics Anonymous
  9. Background forwarded from the trustees’ Literature Committee on a request to develop a Big Book Dictionary
  10. Background forwarded from the trustees’ Literature Committee on a request to consider developing a workbook to study the Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions and Twelve Concepts
  11. “Big Book Study Guides” and Other Interpretations of the A.A. Program: A Position Paper, 1977
  12. Big Book Study Guides: Reviewing a Position Paper, Box 4-5-9 article, Holiday issue 2005
  13. Excerpt from the July 29, 2017 trustees’ Literature Committee meeting report related to study guides

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* 18. ITEM P: Consider requests to revise the book Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions.

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  1. To remove the phrase “opposite sex” from paragraph two on page 117 in the chapter “Step Twelve.”
    1. i. 12.1.19 Group letter confirming request to revise page 117
    2. ii. 7.15.19 Group letter with background to revise page 117
  2. To reconsider use of the phrase “lustful enough to rape” in paragraph one on page 66 in the chapter “Step Six.”
    1. i. 12.13.19 Area letter to revise the book Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions
    2. ii. 7.15.19 Group letter to revise the book Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions
  3. General Service Conference actions regarding changing Bill W.’s writings (See Agenda Item L.3)

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* 19. ITEM Q: Consider request to add a subtitle to the booklet Living Sober.

Background Notes:

Background:
  1. June 2019 Email letters from a group proposing change to add a subtitle to the booklet Living Sober

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* 21. ITEM S: Consider request to revise text related to self-support in the pamphlet “Frequently Asked Questions About A.A.”

Background Notes:

Background:
  1. 11.13.19 Area executives’ memo with proposal to update “Frequently Asked Questions.”
  2. Current pamphlet “Frequently Asked Questions” available on G.S.O.’s A.A. website at: https://www.aa.org/assets/en_US/aa-literature/p-2-frequently-asked-questions- about-aa

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* 24. ITEM V: Review recovery literature matrix.

Background Notes:

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  1. Recovery literature matrix updated as of August 2019

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