Many members have been waiting for the opportunity to see and give input on the first drafts of the Traditions Book. Well, that process has begun. The introduction and Tradition One of the book are posted here. Unlike the password-protected R&I drafts we have used in the past, this PDF can be accessed without a password. However, because it is only draft material, the PDF will expire and the material in the document will no longer be accessible after that point. Please note that some web browsers will not display the PDF correctly; our recommendation is that you download the file to your local drive and open it using a PDF viewer such as Adobe Acrobat.
We look forward to hearing your feedback. The deadline for this review period is 31 January 2015, but the sooner you can send in your input, the better. Input on this first chapter and introduction will help us learn whether the overall structure works and what the fellowship would like to see different, not just in this chapter and intro but in the piece overall.
We know a number of you are anxious for news about the convention, but unfortunately, we have no specifics to give you. We are working with our third housing vendor; however, we are more confident with this housing vendor and expect to provide you with specific information in the near future. In the meantime, we encourage members in North America who are planning to attend this world convention to begin the visa process now. For the most recent information, please go to www.na.org/WCNA.
Issue Discussion Topics (IDTs)
· Welcoming All Members: This issue discussion topic helps us become familiar with our newly approved IP#29 Introduction to NA and aims to raise our awareness of the Third Tradition. The workshop asks us to consider how we welcome potential members who come to meetings on drug replacement therapy, those who are taking other medications, and those from various demographic groups and cultures.
· Planning: We created this session as a means to introduce the idea of planning to members in a creative, fun way. We hope members trying this profile will be inspired to try planning for service delivery.
· Group Support: Sometimes groups’ needs and concerns may take a back seat in committee discussions or groups are unaware how to get support for their issues. This session offers members an opportunity to explore avenues to get their groups’ needs met.
· Traditions Mini Workshops: This resource, available on the Traditions Project webpage at www.na.org/traditions, was created to help gather input for the Traditions Book Project. The booklet can be used for a quick discussion on one Tradition question or for a longer workshop that covers a few Traditions. For the Traditions Project, we are taking input on Tradition Two through Seven until 30 November 2014, and on Tradition Eight through Twelve until 31 March. (These dates are different from the review and input periods—visit the project webpage for more information.)