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PI Poster Contest

Our World Service Office is looking for great ideas.

Submit an entry into OA’s first Public Information Poster Competition. Deadline for entries is March 31, 2017, 11:59 p.m. MDT. Then, watch for details how you can vote April 15–May 15, 2017 for the winner.

The winning design will be professionally printed and sold at bookstore.oa.org. The winning designer or service body will be awarded twenty complimentary copies of OA’s New PI Poster.

For complete details, click WSO Poster Contest Flyer.

Reflections on Winter Dreams Retreat 2017

A Heart Full of Song
the lyrics of the Principles

I am sitting in my car on the grounds of the abbey, feeling such inner peace and joy, listening to the beautiful bells ringing in the background, seeing the light dusting of snow on the grounds and the sun shining so brightly.  I am just not yet ready to leave. 
I was so warmly greeted with hugs and kisses and shouts as I walked in the retreat house, I already felt loved.  A sweet little charm was found on my bed containing a prayer and the joy of hope.  The principles of the steps were the focus of this meeting, how clearly, honestly and confidently they were spoken, shared and lived in each share and each moment.  (Honesty, Hope, Faith, Courage, Integrity, Willingness, Humility, Self Discipline, Love, Perseverance, Spiritual Awareness and Service) 
At the beginning I was asked what I was hoping to get from the retreat, I really hadn't thought about it, but then I was struck - I was hear to listen and absorb as much experience, strength and hope I possibly could.  That is exactly what I got and way more than I could have anticipated. OA Speakers came from all different places and one persevered through the snow, to share their stories filled with tidbits of self discipline, integrity and amazing faith that were so lovingly received.  It was easily seen and felt  through the crying and laughing and dancing and hugging that occurred all weekend long.
I witnessed such courage, such honesty that I knew I was safe to be me, to be vulnerable enough to explore my program and the steps more deeply.  With willingness and humility I heard and found my own lessons and truth and even made some new friends. The church bells kept ringing throughout the weekend and all I could think was what reminders of the spiritual awareness I heard and felt. It was only through the service of others that this retreat, this program and this message was and continues to be available to me. The principles are a guide on how to connect with my Higher Power and to show up in my life while I continue, one day at a time, to do the step work that allows me to live a life filled with joy and opportunity.  Now I am off to continue my OA journey, with new ideas, new contacts and renewed peace. I've left behind some fears and some tears that I no longer need.  I am most grateful, Love and Hugs, Lisa
 
Enjoy the Journey, 
Lisa

 

 

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Good Idea and LightbulbWhat’s New in OA Literature

 

Revised “Been Slipping and Sliding?
A Reading and Writing Tool”

Use the revised “Been Slipping and Sliding? A Reading and Writing Tool” to stop the slips, help turn around a relapse, and recommit to your OA program. Updated with all-new reading references to Overeaters Anonymous, Third Edition, this questionnaire has thirty thought-provoking prompts for journaling and sponsor-sponsee discussion.  Find it online at What’s New (https://oa.org/whats-new/) or at oa.org/documents; “Twelve Step Within.”  Here is the direct link: https://oa.org/files/pdf/Been-Slipping-and-Sliding.pdf.

New!  From Slip or Relapse to Recovery  New!
Use the three-part action plan laid out in the new From Slip Or Relapse To Recovery to reclaim abstinence. Take an inventory, develop a plan, and renew your commitment to your OA program—commit to the most loving thing you can do right now for yourself, your abstinence, and your recovery.

Twelve Step Workshop and Study Guide now available for Kindle and Nook.