You may join Global Truce Anonymous by going to http://globaltruceanonymous.ning.com/ or you may declare your membership after reading the Global Truce Anonymous Format and determining if you think this is a fellowship for you.


Please feel free to download a copy of a suggested format for Global Truce Anonymous. We may spread this fellowship far and wide to reach all people.  The goal is to establish and maintain a global truce at all levels; individual, family, community, workplace, nationally, internationally and globally.  We need service at all levels.  Please participate and spread the word.

 

I have also enclosed general formats which may be used for any phone or face to face 12 step fellowship in order to recover from problematic addictive behaviors of human nature that contribute to the upsetting of peaceful relations between people and groups or that are harming the individuals with their own behaviors. 


Global Truce Anonymous Phone Meeting Format


(if you want to establish any telephone meeting you have should get access to a Conference call service.  You may google free conference call services to get a list.  I use www.nocostconference.com which is great in USA and if you have skype.

Note:  Information inside a parenthesis is an instruction only for the group leader to read to him or herself and is not part of the format to be read out loud. It is suggested that meeting leaders whenever possible thoroughly read through the format and familiarize themselves with it before leading a meeting for the first time. This preparation will help the meeting leader may feel more comfortable and know what to expect and the meeting may flow much more smoothly.)

Global Truce Anonymous

Twelve Step & Twelve Tradition Fellowship 

Conference Call Telephone Meeting



(Leader: Please REPEAT the instructions on how to mute and un-mute the conference call line and other participate features on the conference call ie how to increase or decrease the conference volume or speaking volume, and how to get a participant count periodically through out the meeting so new callers will know how to participate and use the conference call features. Leaders may mute the line to clear static as needed.)

INTRODUCTION:

 “Welcome to the Global Truce 12 Step and 12 Traditions Anonymous Program,
Hello and welcome to all.  My name is ________________.
“Thank you for allowing me to lead this meeting today.”


 “Will all those who wish to please join in the Serenity Prayer to open this meeting. Callers may join in the pray together by un-muting your line by pressing ____. Please remember to mute the line back after the prayer by pressing ___.”
“Is there anyone on the line who would like to lead us in the Serenity Prayer after a moment of silence for those left out and still suffering from fighting and violence?
Please introduce yourself first name only”
(If no one volunteers after a brief pause the leader will lead the Prayer)
 “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference!”
“Hi, I’m ____________” “This is a 12 Step Anonymous fellowship for Peace called “Global Truce Anonymous.”
“Each meeting will be approximately ___ Minutes.”
Please spread the word about our fellowship to your friends and relatives.  

My contact information is: _________________________.                  
Our contact email is: globaltruceanonymous@yahoo.com



You may wish to follow along with the format to participate in the readings.  You may download a copy of this format in regular or large print if you wish by Goggling yahoo groups then searching for the group called Sample Formats 12 Steps and 12 Traditions.

Please help this fellowship grow into a global momentum for good to benefit its members and all humanity.

May there be Peace on Earth and Let it begin with me, you and all of us!

“As we extend the heart and hand of fellowship to those who still suffer from violence, let us be mindful Global Truce Anonymous Unity with Diversity Policy, which respects our differences, yet unites us in the solutions to our common problems.  Whatever your experience with arguing, fighting, violence or war you are welcome at this meeting.  

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Sharing contact information is completely optional.  Please feel free to leave your information or not.  There is no requirement to leave any information or even to use your real first name.  You may choose to use a screen name if you would like to remain anonymous.  

I request everyone wishing to share contact information state their name, phone number, time zone, the best time to call and your long distance carrier for people who have special calling plans. Please speak slowly and you may repeat your phone number twice so people may take down your contact information.  Members may get ready by having a pen and paper handy to be able to take down numbers of members you would like to maintain contact with.  

OPTIONAL: Before we start, I would like request a volunteer who would be willing to take down people’s names and contact information to be repeated back at the end of this meeting for those who missed it during the meeting.


If a volunteer comes forward say “Thank you for your service to the fellowship.”  

 (The leader may volunteer to try to get the numbers if possible.)  


At the end of each meeting we will break __ minutes before the next meeting for our contact information recorder or the meeting leader to repeat the caller’s names and telephone numbers that were shared during the meeting.  

Optional: We will leave time for some questions and answers, after the meeting closes.

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You may take what you like from this program and leave the rest.
 
Are there any other people seeking peace, here besides myself?  If so, please feel free to introduce your self, first names only and please give a one to two word description so we may distinguish you from other callers with the same name so we can welcome you!” You may share your contact number.
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“Please allow me to read the Preamble of Global Truce Anonymous:  

 Global Truce Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals who through shared experience strength and hope, are recovering from violence.  We welcome anyone who wants to live peacefully.  There are no dues or fees for members; we are self supporting through our own contributions, neither soliciting nor accepting outside donations.  Global Truce Anonymous is not affiliated with any public or private organization, political movement, ideology or religious doctrine; we take no position on outside issues.  Our primary purpose is to abstain from violence and to carry this message of recovery to those who still suffer.”


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Group Guidelines:

As a Group, we ask all to refrain from cross talk.  CROSS TALK in Global Truce Anonymous meetings is giving advice to others who already shared, speaking directly to another member rather than to the group, and questioning or interrupting the person speaking at the time.  Although the intent may be to show support, such comments may be misinterpreted. We appreciate no advice giving or cross talk.

“We ask everyone to respect our group conscience.  The chair of each meeting should have the discretion to suggest to anyone sharing that he or she has gotten off topic or is speaking too long.  This meeting asks that you accept this suggestion in order to keep the meeting on track. Shares may be timed if there are many members at the meeting.  

Please refrain from comments that might offend or harm anyone while sharing at this meeting. Please keep shares anonymous as to your ethnicity, race, religion, national origin and of the name those of the situation you may be sharing about.  We want to refrain from triggering discord in our fellowship for peace. Please do not mention any specific person, country, political leader, political party, economic system, race, religion, group, and cultural group, ethnic group, outside organization or government by name. These guidelines are very important in maintaining this fellowship to be welcoming to all people wishing for a path to global truce. Shares should be positive reinforcements of our program rather than finger-pointing and blaming.

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The 12 Steps:

“Hi, I’m ____________,  ____________ (a one or two word description for yourself)

I’ll be happy to read The 12 Steps of the Global Truce Anonymous fellowship.  

The 12 Steps of Global Truce Anonymous are:

         1)      Admit we were powerless over violence and war- that our lives and our world became unmanageable and unsustainable.

           2)      Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

         3)      Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God/Higher Power as we understood Him.

         4)      Made a Searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

         5)      Admitted to God/Higher Power, to ourselves and to another Human Being the exact nature of our wrongs.

         6)      Were entirely ready to have God/Higher Power remove all these defects of character.

        7)      Humbly ask God/ Higher Power to remove our shortcomings.
        
         8)      Made a list of all the persons we have harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.

          9)      Made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.     

       10)     Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

       11)     Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God/Higher Power as we understand Him.

      12)      Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to other people and to practice these principals in all our affairs.

“Would anyone like to share on any of these steps? Please state your first name only and a one or two word description to distinguish yourself.”
“We have time for approximately ____ minutes for some short ___ minute shares on the steps.” (Reminders: Please welcome all speakers and thank any speaker for sharing.)
“Ok, thanks to everyone for sharing about or listening to the 12 steps of our fellowship!”

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The 12 Traditions:


“Hi, I’m ____________, ____________ (A one or two word description for yourself,) and I’ll be happy to read The 12 Traditions of Global Truce Anonymous.

Please feel free to share on any tradition after it is read.  

There will be a brief pause after each tradition to allow you time for sharing on that tradition.”)


“The 12 Traditions of Global Truce Anonymous are:”

Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon Global Truce Anonymous unity.

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.

The only requirement for Global Truce Anonymous membership is a desire to be peaceful.

Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or Global Truce Anonymous as a whole.
Each group has but one primary purpose – to carry its message to the person who still lives without peace.
A Global Truce Anonymous group aught never endorse, finance or lend the Global Truce Anonymous name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
Every Global Truce Anonymous group ought to be fully self supporting, declining outside contributions.
Global Truce Anonymous should remain forever non professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
Global Truce Anonymous, as such, ought never to be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
Global Truce Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the Global Truce Anonymous name ought never to be drawn into public controversy.
Our public relations policy is based upon attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, films television and other public media of communication.
Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all these traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.



“Would anyone like to share on any of these Traditions of the Global Truce Anonymous fellowship?”

“We have time to allow approximately ____ minutes for a few ___ minute shares on the traditions if you would like to share.

(Reminder: Please welcome all speakers and thank any speaker for sharing.)
“Ok, thanks to everyone for sharing about or listening to the 12 traditions of our fellowship!


Please allow me to take a minute to welcome any new callers to the Global Truce Anonymous Phone meeting today.  My name is ___________, ________.  Thank you for allowing me to lead this meeting today. We welcome everyone once again! (Leader remind callers how to un-mute their line to participate and to mute again after sharing).  

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Many fellows have said “But I am too weak.  I’ll never make it!”
Don’t worry, we have all thought and said the same thing.  The amazing secret to the success of this program is just that: weakness.  It is weakness, not strength, that binds us to each other and to a higher power and somehow gives us the ability to do what we can not do alone.  

If you decide you are one of us, we welcome you with open arms.  Whatever your circumstances, we offer you the gift of acceptance.  You are not alone anymore.  Welcome to Global Truce Anonymous.  Welcome Home!

TOOLS:

Welcome, I’m __________________.

To help us in our recovery from compulsive fighting, arguing and violence there are 12 tools of recovery we use in the Global Truce Anonymous fellowship.”

“These tools are as follows: Meetings, Telephone Calls, Literature, Writing, Abstinence, Sponsorship, Telephone Buddies, A Peace Plan, A Global Truce Action Plan, Anonymity, Service and Ecological Sustainability.
 
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TOOL #1: MEETINGS

Meetings are gatherings of two or more people who come together to share their personal experiences and the strength and hope Global Truce Anonymous has given them.  There are many types of meeting, but fellowship with others is the basis of them all.

Meetings give us an opportunity to identify our common problem, confirm our common solution through the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions and share the gifts we receive through this program.  

Phone meetings, face to face meetings, online meetings and meetings in writing are useful in breaking down the at times deadly isolation caused by distance, illness or physical challenge. Global Truce Peaceline is an Online Meeting Magazine which will be written like a meeting on the go.


There are many meeting formats. There are beginner, literature, open sharing, topic, theme, tool, writing, recovery and relapse, big book meetings, 12 Step and 12 traditions, abstinence, qualification, 90 Day ore More Abstinence from Violence and inner and outer peace planning.

 “Would any one like to share on the tool of meetings for 2 minutes?  

“I thank callers for their share and for listening.”

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TOOL # 2: TELEPHONE CALLS

“Would anyone like to read the passage about Telephone Call?

“Welcome _________ caller (or the leader volunteers to read the passage if no volunteers come forward after a brief pause.)


Member to member contact helps us share on a one –to- one basis and avoid the isolation that is so common among us.  Many members call, text or email their sponsors, and other Global Truce Anonymous members daily.  As a part of the surrender process, these tools help us learn to reach out and ask for help and extend help to others.  Telephone or electronic contact also provides an immediate outlet for those hard to handle highs and lows we may experience.  Members should respect anonymity when leaving any types of voicemail or electronic message. Members are encouraged to call their sponsors and three other members daily to reinforce their program.  Outreach calls may carry the message of recovery to members in relapse.

“Would any one like to share on the tool of telephone calls?

“I thank callers for their share and for listening.”

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TOOL # 3: LITERATURE

“Would anyone like to read the passage about Literature?  

“Welcome _________ caller (or the leader volunteers to read the passage if no volunteers come forward after a brief pause.)

We will build our own body of literature over time but for now and always we may read the literature of the other 12 step anonymous fellowships to get a better understanding of how to work the program and how to overcome our addictive behaviors that lead to self destruction and or violence.

Suggested readings are The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, which can be read online at: http://www.aa.org/bigbookonline and The 12 Steps and 12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous which can be read online http://www.aa.org/1212/   


Many members find that reading literature daily further reinforces how to live the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of recovery.

Our literature will provide insights into our problem with violence, the strength to deal with it and the very real hope that there is a solution for us.

“Would any one like to share on the tool of literature?
“I thank callers for their share and for listening.”

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TOOL # 4: WRITINGS

In addition to writing our inventories and the list of people we have harmed, most of us have found that writing has been an indispensable tool for working the Steps.  Further, putting our thoughts and feelings down on paper, or describing a troubling incident, helps us to better understand our actions and reactions in a way that is often not revealed to us by simply thinking or talking about them.  In the past, compulsive arguing and fighting was our most common reaction to life.  When we put our difficulties down on paper, it becomes easier to see situations more clearly and perhaps better discern any necessary actions.

Members may submit their writings if they would like; to Global Truce Anonymous PeaceLine Magazine c/o GlobalTruceAnonymous@yahoo.com or by replying to The Going For A Global Truce PeaceLine Blog sharing their experiences working the program of recovery; working the 12 steps, the 12 traditions, the 12 principles and the 12 tools of the program.  Global Truce Anonymous stories should be written in the same format as a typical 2-3-5 -10 minute share or like a 20 minute qualification would be.  Stories should be short in nature. Reading the edition should be like attending an actual meeting, however the shares are done in writing.  

“Would any one like to share on the tool of writing for 2 minutes?  

“I thank callers for their share and for listening.”


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TOOL #5: ABSTINENCE

In Global Truce One Day Anonymous, abstinence is “the action of refraining from compulsive arguing, bickering, fighting, violence and war.” We may count our days of abstinence beginning with our first day.  If we relapse we may begin our count again starting with our first full day of abstinence.

Would anyone like to share on the tool of Abstinence?

“I thank callers for their share and for listening.”


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TOOL # 6: SPONSORSHIP

In Global Truce Anonymous sponsors are members who are living the Twelve Steps and the Twelve Traditions to the best of their ability.

Sponsors are willing to share their recovery with other members of the Fellowship and are committed to abstinence from violence.

We ask a sponsor to help us through our program of recovery on all three levels; physical, emotional and spiritual.  

By working with other Global Truce Anonymous members and sharing their experience, strength and hope, sponsors continually renew and affirm their own recovery.

Sponsors share their program up to the level of their own experience.

Ours is a program of attraction, find a sponsor who has what you want and ask that person how he or she is achieving it.

A member may work with more than one sponsor and may change sponsors at will.  However many of us chose to work with just one sponsor.  

A sponsor will take the sponsee through the steps of the program however the sponsor should not be mistaken for a professional psychotherapist.  The sponsor does not provide psychotherapy or other professional mental health services to the sponsee.

The sponsor may decline to sponsor any sponsee and may release their sponsee or sponsees at will however it is recommended that this be done as gently, allowing for some time for the sponsee to find a new sponsor whenever possible.

Would anyone like to share on the tool of Sponsorship?

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A STEP UP CEREMONY is when a sponsee completes at least 30 days of abstinence from arguing, bickering, fighting, violence and war and has taken the first three steps of the program. When the sponsor and the sponsee feel the sponsee is ready to share the program a private step up ceremony is held where the sponsee and the sponsor review what the sponsee has learned and the sponsee is stepped up to be a sponsor.  Now the sponsee may share the program to the best of his or her ability with others in need of a sponsor.  A sponsor may continue to have a sponsor of his or her own while sponsoring others.  Another term for a sponsee is a B.A.B.Y. Which stands for be a better you!

Would anyone like to share on the importance of a step up ceremony?

“I thank you for their share and for listening.”

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TOOL # 7: PHONE BUDDIES

 Phone Buddies is where two members may co-sponsor each other.  Neither is the Sponsee or the sponsor.  They may call each other each day and discuss the tools of their program and share their experiences in their effort to live peacefully.

“I thank callers for their share and for listening.”



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TOOL # 8: A PEACE PLAN

 As a tool a plan of peace helps us abstain from fighting, arguing, violence and war guides us in our daily decisions.  It defines what, when, how, where and why we relate with others the way we do.

There are no specific requirements for a peace plan.  Global Truce Anonymous does not recommend any one peace plan, nor does it exclude the personal use of one. Each of us develops a personal plan of peace and nonviolence based on an honest appraisal of his or her past experience.  Many of us find it essential to take guidance from our sponsors to develop a plan of peace that reflects an honest desire to achieve and maintain abstinence from fighting.

Although individual plans of peace are as varied as our members, most Global Truce Anonymous members agree that some plan – no matter how flexible or structured – is necessary.

This tool helps us deal with the physical, emotional and spiritual aspect of violence.  From this vantage point, we can more effectively follow Global Truce Anonymous 12 Step program of recovery and move beyond violence to a happier, healthier and more spiritual life.
A peace plan may be tailored for the individual, family, workplace, country or put forward as a global initiative promoting peace and nonviolence calling for a global cease fire and a declaration of World Peace!
Would anyone like to share on the tool of having a peace plan?
“I thank callers for their share and for listening.”

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TOOL #9: A GLOBAL TRUCE ACTION PLAN

An action plan is the process of identifying and implementing attainable actions, both daily and long term that are necessary to support our individual abstinence from fighting and violence, emotional, spiritual and physical recovery.  While the plan is ours, tailored to our own recovery process, most of us find it important to work with a sponsor, fellow Global Truce Anonymous members and /or an appropriate professional to help us create it.  This tool, like our plan of Peace may vary widely among members and may need to be adjusted as we progress in our recovery.

For example newcomers may begin with abstaining from behaviors, discussions, tone of voice, gestures or sarcasm that they know may trigger an argument, hostility and violence.  We may seek ways to effectively compromise and find win – win solutions to situations.

Some of us may need an action plan that includes meditation and relaxation or provides strategies for balancing work, personal interactions with family and friends, and our program.  

Other Global Truce Anonymous members may need to organize their homes, deal with their finances; address health issues and ecological sustainability in an effort to promote peaceful interactions.  Other members may seek to plan small or large events, take actions and begin to advocate to further peace initiatives in their family, work place, community, country, government or on a global level.

Along with working the Steps on a daily basis, an action plan may incorporate use of the other Global Truce Anonymous tools to bring structure, balance and manageability into our lives.  As we use this tool, we find that we develop a feeling of serenity and continue to grow emotionally and spiritually while we make measurable progress one day at a time.

Would anyone like to share on the tool of having a peace action plan?

“I thank callers for their share and for listening.”


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TOOL # 10: ANONYMITY

Anonymity refers to who you hear here and what you hear here stays here.   You may share a message but not the messenger.

Anonymity, referred to in Traditions 11 and 12, is a tool that Guarantees we will place principles before personalities.  The protection of anonymity offers each of us freedom of expression and safeguards us from gossip.

Anonymity assures is that only we, as individual Global Truce Anonymous members, have the right to make our membership known within our community.  

Anonymity at the level of press, radio, films, television and other public media of communication means that we never allow our faces or last names to be used once we identify ourselves as Global Truce Anonymous Members. This protects both the individual and the fellowship.

Within the fellowship anonymity means whatever we share with another Global Truce Anonymous member will be held in respect and confidence.

Would any one like to share on the tool of anonymity?

Thanks for sharing and listening about the tool of anonymity.

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TOOL # 11: SERVICE

Service is any action no matter how big or small that helps strengthen the fellowship and other Global Truce Anonymous members. Just by attending a meeting is a form of service, even if you do not share and chose just to listen.
Would anyone like to give some examples of service to the fellowship?
Thanks for sharing and listening about the tool of service to the fellowship.
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TOOL # 12: ECOLOGICAL SUSTAINABILITY.


Ecological Sustainability is to reuse, reduce and recycle.  Reducing our ecological footprint on the environment contributes to global peace and sustainability.
 Would any one like to share on the relationship between ecological sustainability and efforts at securing a global truce?


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Would any one else like to share on any of these tools?
 

If there are no more shares about the tools we will move on to the 12 Principles of Global Truce Anonymous.

THE 12 PRINCIPLES OF GLOBAL TRUCE ANONYMOUS
The principles of the program are based on the essential element of each of the 12 steps of the fellowship.
PRINCIPLE # 1: HONESTY
PRINCIPLE # 2: HOPE  
PRINCIPLE # 3: FAITH
PRINCIPLE # 4: COURAGE
PRINCIPLE # 5: INTEGRITY

PRINCIPLE # 6: WILLINGNESS

PRINCIPLE # 7: HUMILITY

PRINCIPLE # 8: COURAGE

PRINCIPLE # 9: RESPONSIBILITY
PRINCIPLE # 10: SELF DISCIPLINE
PRINCIPLE # 11:  SPIRITUAL AWARENESS
PRINCIPLE # 12: FELLOWSHIP

                                                       
We will now open the line for shares: Please Press __ to un-mute your line and Please press ___ after sharing to re-mute your line.
Please reflect on how to incorporate the 12 principles of Global Truce Anonymous into your life.  You may also share about your struggles with attaining them.

“Some suggested guidelines for sharing at this meeting are: As you share your experiences and strength in Global Truce Anonymous also share your hope.  

Please confine your sharing to your own experience with the disease of compulsive arguing, fighting, violence and war whether you were the victim or the aggressor or both.  

Please share the solutions offered by Global Truce Anonymous and your recovery from the disease rather than just recounting the events of the day.  

If you have difficulties, share how you may use the program to deal with them.  If you need to talk more to about your difficulties and seek solutions, we suggest you speak to your sponsor and other members after the meeting.”


Please allow me to remind you that there is no cross talk or advice giving during shares.  Please refrain from triggers for tensions by refraining from referring to specific people, countries, culture, governments, races, religions, ethnic backgrounds, groups or political ideations by name.  Please share positive reinforcements about this fellowship and show how you are using this program on your road to recovery.  Once again Please refrain from finger pointing and blaming.

Sharing may continue for ___ minutes. Would any one like to perform the service of sharing? Please feel free to share.
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http://www.royy.com/Step%206%20Letting%20Go%20of%20Resentments.pdf
Letting Go of Resentments (Step Four Resentments, Column 4)
“Putting out of our minds the wrongs others had done, we resolutely looked for our own mistakes.

Where had we been selfish, dishonest, self-seeking and frightened?”

Selfish

•   Not seeing others point of view, problems or needs  
•   Wanting things my way
•   Wanting special treatment
•   Wanting others to meet my needs – dependence
•   Wanting what others have
•   Wanting to control–dominance
•   Thinking I'm better–grandiosity
•   Wanting to be the best
•   Thinking others are jealous
•   Wanting others to be like me
•   Being miserly, possessive
•   Wanting more than my share
•   Reacting from self loathing, self righteousness
•   Too concerned about me
•   Not trying to be a friend
•   Wanting to look good or be liked
•   Concerned only with my needs

Dishonest

•   Not seeing or admitting where I was at fault
•   Having a superior attitude – thinking I'm better
•   Blaming others for my problems
•   Not admitting I've done the same thing
•   Not expressing feelings or ideas
•   Not being clear about motives
•   Lying, cheating, stealing
•   Hiding reality–not facing facts
•   Stubbornly holding on to inaccurate beliefs
•   Breaking rules
•   Lying to myself
•   Exaggerating, minimalizing
•   Setting myself up to be “wronged”
•   Expecting others to be what they are not
•   Being perfectionistic

Self Seeking

•   Manipulating others to do my will
•   Putting others down internally or externally to build me up
•   Engaging in character assassination
•   Acting superior  
•   Acting to fill a void
•   Engaging in gluttony or lusting at the expense of another
•   Ignoring others’ needs
•   Trying to control others
•   Getting revenge when I don't get what I want
•   Holding a resentment
•   Acting to make me feel good

Frightened (of)

•   Peoples' opinions
•   Rejection, abandonment
•   Loneliness
•   Physical injury, abuse
•   Not being able to control or change someone
•   My inferiority, inadequacy
•   Criticism
•   Expressing ideas or feelings
•   Getting trapped
•   Exposure, embarrassment

I would kike to thank everyone who just shared.

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“We encourage you to:
        -get a sponsor to help guide your recovery;
        -develop a plan of peace, a peace action plan and if you wish write it down and report daily to your sponsor;
        -read Global Truce Anonymous literature and AA, OA, NA approved literature to develop a working knowledge of the 12 Steps and the Twelve Traditions.

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Would anyone like to read “Just for Today”?

JUST FOR TODAY:

Just for today I will be happy. This assumes what Abraham Lincoln said is true: 'Most folks are about as happy as they make their mind up to be.' Happiness comes from within; it is not a matter of externals.

Just for today I will try to adjust myself to what is; not try to adjust everything to my own desires. I will take my family, my business, and my luck as they come and fit myself to them.

Just for today I will take care of my body. I will exercise it, care for it, nourish it, not abuse or neglect it, so that it will be a perfect machine for my bidding.

Just for today I will try to strengthen my mind. I will learn something useful. I will not be a mental loafer. I will read something that requires effort, thought, and concentration.

Just for today I will exercise my soul in three ways: I will do someone a good turn and not get found out. I will do at least two chores I don't want to do, as William James suggests, just for exercise.

Just for today I will be agreeable. I will look as well as I can, speak diplomatically, act courteously, be liberal with praise, criticize not at all, nor find fault with anything, and not try to regulate or improve anyone.

Just for today I will try to live through this day only, not tackle my whole life problem at once. I can do things for twelve hours that would appall me if I had to keep them up for a lifetime.

Just for today I will have a program. I will write down what I expect to do every hour. I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it. It will eliminate two pests: hurrying and indecision.

Just for today I will have a quiet half hour by myself and relax. In this half hour sometimes I will think of God, so as to get a little more perspective into my life.

Just for today I will be unafraid. Particularly, I will be unafraid to be happy; to enjoy what is beautiful; to love; and to believe that those I love, love me.
--- Copyright © Sybil Partridge

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There are some references to peace found in the big book and the AA 12 and 12 that is attached at the end of this format which may be referred to as part of a discussion of the literature.


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Are there any Global Truce Anonymous related announcements?

If so, does any one else have any other Global Truce Anonymous related announcements?

SOME OPTIONAL STANDARD GLOBAL TRUCE ANONYMOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Telephone Meetings of Global Truce Anonymous will be held every ______ at _____ time at: ____________ telephone number ____________ conference ID#.
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Is anyone available to work the steps in with the goal of becoming a sponsor may announce their name and contact information including your time zone and the best time to call?

      OPTIONAL: You are free to provide a short share about yourself so any available sponsees may get a sense of you to determine if they feel that you both would connect well and form a positive sponsor-sponsee rapport.

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A CALL OUT TO THOSE NEEDING A SPONSOR:
I would like to announce that any one needing a sponsor may announce their name and contact information including your time zone and the best time to call.
 
      OPTIONAL: You are free to provide a short share about yourself so any needing a sponsor may get a sense of you to determine if they feel that you both would connect well and form a positive sponsor-sponsee rapport.

      Is there anyone on the line at this time willing and available to sponsor anyone new at this time?  If so you may share your contact information at this time.


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A CALL OUT TO THOSE WISHING TO BE A PHONE BUDDY:
I would like to announce that if any one needing a phone buddy or willing to be a phone buddy may announce their name and contact information including your time zone and the best time to call at this time.

     You are free to provide a short share about yourself so any available Global Truce Anonymous member may get a sense of you to determine if they feel that you both would connect well and form a positive phone buddy rapport.
      
       Is there anyone on the line at this time willing and available to be a phone buddy with anyone new at this time?  If so you may share your contact information at this time.

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A CALL OUT TO THOSE SEEKING OUTREACH CALLS:

If anyone wants outreach calls please leave your name and contact information at this time.


BUSINESS MEETINGS:  
A business meeting for this meeting will be held every ____________ for ____________ long.

REQUEST FOR SERVICE TO THIS MEETING OR TO THE GLOBAL TRUCE ANONYMOUS FELLOWSHIP:

The following service positions are needed to be filled: ____________, ___________. Anyone interested in providing a service may volunteer at this time or after the meeting.



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We need to develop pamphlets; fliers and other literature similar to the other anonymous fellowships that have been helping millions of people recover from their addictions for the past 50 years.

As the fellowship grows we will need Global Truce Anonymous members to write sample meeting formats for various meeting styles.  Trainings will be provided in how to write a meeting format to maintain the integrity of the fellowship. Formats can be used by individual meetings or shared with the fellowship as a whole. This format may be followed by all Global Truce Anonymous Groups and may be tailored to fit your groups focus.

You may send articles for any of these publications to:
GlobalTruceAnonymous@yahoo.com  Please help us establish our body of literature. Please specify in the memo of your email which publication you would like to have your work printed in: Global Truce PeaceLine, Global Truce Anonymous or the Twelve Steps and the Twelve Traditions of Global Truce Anonymous.

We would like to thank the 12 step Fellowships which came before us Such as AA, GA, OA who paved the way for the road ahead to recovery from all addictions and compulsive behaviors of human nature.

The following websites provide indexes from the Big Book of AA and the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions of AA. You may substitute any word that you would like to search for in the place where the word peace is in this example:
http://www.164andmore.com/words/peace.htm
http://www.royy.com/op.html


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Are there any other Global Truce Anonymous related announcements at this time?

 Final call for announcements: are there any other Global Truce Anonymous related announcements at this time
 
Since there are no more announcements we will move on. Thank you to everyone who made an announcement.

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The 7th Tradition:

“According to our Seventh Tradition we are self supporting through our own contributions.”  We recommend you provide service to help a global truce, peace and sustainability to take root and grow through participation in our fellowship.

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We will now take __ minutes for the repeating of contact information that may have been missed during the meeting. Optional: We will take questions after the close of the meeting for an additional __ minutes.  

Will the telephone contact recorder,__________, please read all the contact names and phone numbers given out  if possible.
Members may exchange numbers at this time.

 “In closing I would like to say by following the Twelve Steps, and the 12 traditions, adhering to the 12 principles, attending meetings regularly and using the Global Truce Anonymous tools thousands may change their lives.  We offer hope and encouragement.  To the newcomer, we suggest attending at least 6 different meetings before deciding if Global Truce Anonymous is for you.  You may take what you like from this program and leave the rest.

The opinions expressed here today are those of individual Global Truce Anonymous members and do not represent Global Truce Anonymous as a whole.  

Please remember your commitment to honor each others’ anonymity.  

What you hear here, whom you hear here, when you leave here, let it stay here.”

Let us all reach out by phone or e-mail to newcomers, returning members and each other.  Together we bet better.  Together we can build peace on Earth.

Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with me, you and Global Truce Anonymous.

“Thank you for allowing me to be the leader of this meeting.”

Keep coming back. It works if you work it. Work it your worth it. Please spread the word and invite others to participate in the fellowship.

Please coming back, it works if you work it.  Work it we are worth it!

My name is_____________; Once again my contact information is :_________________
Our email address is: globaltruceanonymous@yahoo.com
Optional:  We will remain on the line for _____ minutes after the meeting for questions and answers and just open talk for fellowship.
Would anyone like to do the honors of closing our meeting by leading the group in the serenity prayer?  

Will all those who wish to join, please do so by un-muting your phone if you wish.

After a moment of silence for those left out and still suffering from violence and addiction and war:
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference!”

This meeting is now closed! Yeah! It was great! Yeah! Thanks for being part of our historic event today!

Now we may open the line for questions, comments and suggestions.

Are there any questions? Are there any other questions?

Thanks for coming.



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The following link is to a concordance which indexes every word in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous
http://www.royy.com/concord.html                                                                                                                     

There are many references to Peace in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.  Some of these may stir some conversation:

Peace references in the Big Book of AA. http://www.aa.org/bigbookonline


Go to www.164andmore.com/words[enter the word you want to search the big book of AA for].htm


For EXAMPLE:

http://www.164andmore.com/words/acceptance.htm
Click    to display the full page from the Big Book

1.  12&12 p.44, Step Four: Whenever a human being becomes a battleground for the instincts, there can be no peace.

3.  BB p.84, Into Action:   We will comprehend the word serenity and we will  know peace.

4.  BB p.75, Into Action:   We can be alone at perfect peace and ease.

5. 12&12 p.130, Tradition One: If strong people were stalemated in the search  for peace and harmony, what was to become of our erratic band of alcoholics?


7. BB p.14, Bill's Story: There was a sense of victory, followed  by such a peace  and serenity as I had never known.

8. 12&12 p.108, Step Twelve: We had to begin to make our peace, and so we listed the people we had harmed and became willing to set things right.

9. BB p.8, Bill's Story:  I was to know happiness, peace, and usefulness, in a way of life that is incredibly more wonderful as time passes.

10. BB p.50, We Agnostics:    In the face of collapse and despair, in the face of the total failure of their human resources, they found that a new power,  peace,  happiness, and sense of direction flowed into them.

11. 12&12 p.74, Step Seven: To those of us who have hitherto known  only  excitement, depression, or anxiety -- in other words, to all of us -- this newfound  peace is a priceless gift.

12. 12&12 p.74, Step Seven: We enjoy moments in which there is something  like real  peace of mind.

13.  12&12 p.80, Step Eight: If we lie or cheat, we deprive others not only of their   worldly goods, but of their emotional security and peace of mind.

14.12&12 p.107, Step Twelve: He finds himself in possession of a degree of  honesty,  tolerance, unselfishness, peace of mind, and love of which he had thought himself quite incapable.

15. BB p.63, How It Works:   As we felt new power flow in, as we enjoyed  peace of  mind, as we discovered we could face life successfully, as we became conscious of His presence, we began to lose our fear of today, tomorrow or the hereafter.

16.12&12 p.84, Step Nine:  While we may be quite willing to reveal the very worst, we must be sure to remember that we cannot buy our own peace of mind at the  expense of others.

17. 12&12 p.108, Step Twelve: In Step Eleven we saw that if a Higher  Power  had  restored us to sanity and had enabled us to live with some peace of mind in a
sorely troubled world, then such a Higher Power
was worth knowing better, by as direct contact as possible.

18. 12&12 p.55, Step Five: But scarcely any Step is more necessary to long time sobriety and peace of mind than this one.

19. 12&12 p.104, Step Eleven:  And they have increasingly found a peace  of mind which can stand firm in the face of difficult circumstances.

20 12&12 p.50, Step Four: By now the newcomer has probably arrived at the  following conclusions: that his character defects, representing  instincts  gone  astray, have been the primary cause of his drinking and his failure at life; that  unless  he is  now willing to work hard at the elimination of the worst of these  defects, both sobriety and peace of mind will still elude him; that all the faulty foundation of his  life will have to be torn out and built anew on bedrock.


21..BB p.16, Bill's: Each day my friend's simple talk in our kitchen multiplies itself in a widening circle of peace on earth and good will to men.

22. 12&12 p.77, Step Eight: Learning how to live in the greatest peace, partnership, and brotherhood with all men and women, of whatever description, is a moving
 and fascinating adventure.

23. 12&12 p.116, Step Twelve: These were the new  attitudes that  finally brought  many of us an inner strength and peace that could not be deeply shaken by the  shortcomings of others or by any calamity not of our own making.

24.12&12 p.99, Step Eleven "Lord, make me a channel of thy peace -- that where there is hatred, I may bring love -- that where there is wrong, I may bring the  spirit of  forgiveness -- that where there is discord, I may bring harmony -- that where there is error, I may bring truth -- that where there is doubt, I may bring faith -- that where there is despair, I may bring hope -- that where there are shadows, I may bring light -- that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.

25.  12&12 p.76, Step Seven: Therefore, no peace was to be had unless we could find a means of reducing these demands.

26. 12&12 p.76, Step Seven: Each of us would like to live at peace with himself and with his fellows.

27.. 12&12 p.122, Step Twelve: When, with God's help, we calmly accepted our lot, then we found we could live at peace with ourselves and show others
Who still suffered the same fears that they could get over them, too.

28. 12&12 p.89, Step Ten: When our inventory is carefully taken, and we have made
 peace with ourselves, the conviction follows that tomorrow's challenges can be met as they come.

Passages from the Big Book Alcoholics Anonymous and the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions are reprinted with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.  The A.A. Preamble, copyright © The A.A. Grapevine, Inc., is reprinted with permission.  Permission to reprint does not in any way imply affiliation with or endorsement by either Alcoholics Anonymous or The A.A. Grapevine, Inc.
http://www.aa.org/bigbookonline

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An index to every word in the "Big Book,"
Alcoholics Anonymous (3d ed. 1976)
http://www.royy.com/op.html
Peace, 8, 14, 16, 50, 63, 75, 84, 189, 280, 290, 303, 309, 310, 312, 339, 349, 351, 418, 448, 477, 504, 505, 539, 551, 561
Peaceful, 476
War, 1, 35, 66, 197, 210, 242, 253, 357, 373, 398, 425, 484, 499, 518, 519, 520, 521, 547, 548
War-time, 10



http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peace

The definition of Peace
a state of tranquillity or quiet: as a : freedom from civil disturbance b : a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom <a breach of the peace>
2
: freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions
3
: harmony in personal relations
4
a : a state or period of mutual concord between governments b : a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity
5
—used interjectionally to ask for silence or calm or as a greeting or farewell
— at peace
: in a state of concord or tranquillity
 See peace defined for English-language learners »
See peace defined for kids »
Examples of PEACE
1.    After many years of war, people on both sides were longing for peace.
2.    We said a prayer for world peace.
3.    He tried to negotiate a peace between the warring countries.
4.    There was a peace of 50 years before war broke out again.
5.    Peace and order were finally restored in the town.
6.    After years of therapy, he has finally achieved an inner peace.
7.    He is searching for inner peace.
8.    Insurance can provide you with peace of mind.
9.    The problem was settled and his mind was at peace.
10.    They are at peace with each other.
Origin of PEACE
Middle English pees, from Anglo-French pes, pees, from Latin pac-, pax; akin to Latin pacisci to agree — more atpact
First Known Use: 12th century
Related to PEACE
Synonyms: peacefulness
Antonyms: war
Related Words: accord, amity, concord, harmony; calm, quiet, serenity, tranquillity (or tranquility); order, stability; pacification
Near Antonyms: conflict, contention, discord, dissidence, strife, trouble; tumult, turmoil, unrest, upheaval; fighting, warfare; action, battle, combat
Rhymes with PEACE
cease, crease, fleece, grease, Greece, kris, lease, Nice, niece, piece
Learn more about "peace" and related topics at Britannica.com

 Definition of Peace for Children

Etymology: Middle English pees "peace," from early French pes, pees (same meaning), from Latin pac-, pax "peace" --related to APPEASE, PACIFY
1 : a state of quiet; especially : freedom from public disturbance or war
2 : freedom from upsetting thoughts or feelings
3 : harmony in personal relations
4 a : a state or period of peace between governments b : an agreement to end a war

 

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