The Group’s Conscience: Our Ultimate Authority

Here is an excerpt from “Living the 12 Steps of Recovery – One Day at a Time”
from the Chapter on our Second Tradition:

“For our group purpose, there is but one ultimate authority – a loving God as He may express himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.”

February 28
Traditional Patience and Tolerance

All who serve with our trust have come to believe in a power greater
than ourselves, a loving God as He might express himself in the group
conscience.

That conscience ought to be mindful, grateful, and tolerant of every
agency and method that serves in trying to solve the problem of
alcoholism, whether of medicine, religion, education, or research. Our
service is intended to be open-minded toward all such efforts and
sympathetic when the ill-advised ones fail. We remember that A.A.
itself ran for years on trial and error.

As individuals and groups, we can and should cooperate with those
who promise success—even a little success. “We of A.A. are friendly
with our friends.” All seek the restoration to sanity promised in the
Second Step. We all follow the Second Tradition recognizing our loving
God as the ultimate authority, as He brings the virtues of patience
and tolerance to the group conscience.

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