Tradition Ten: Sex Addicts Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the SAA name ought never be drawn into public controversy

1. Read the section on Tradition Ten in Sex Addicts Anonymous pages. 92-94.
What are my first reactions to reading this discussion?

2. Read the paragraph starting with "Our fellowship, in all its activities".
  1. What is our fellowship's one issue or concern?
  2. What are we qualified to provide information on?
  3. What issues does SAA not have any opinions on?
  4. What would happen if SAA took sides on an issue?
  5. What could public controversy prevent?

  1. How much shame and fear do we have that is preventing us from being public with our message
  2. Other fellowships are connected with a church and offer 12 steps that are religious based.
  3. Why do we try to not bring religious issues into our meetings?
  4. In the world around us, how much religious dissension / wars / bitter splits do we see?
  5. Who are we trying to reach by keeping religious issues out of our meetings?
  6. When someone objects to any aspect of our program, whether simply a local tradition or part of the Steps and Traditions, how is my group handling such objections?

3. Read the paragraph starting with "We do employ".
  1. Do we offer ideas that others consider as "opinions"?
  2. What ideas might other people not agree with?
  3. What orientation does our fellowship have that others may argue with?
  4. What are we careful not to do when representing the SAA fellowship?
  5. What do we state?
  6. What do we not claim?
  7. What is our only interest?

  1. What is my understanding of that "spiritual orientation"
  2. What is the fellowship's only message?
  3. How does having such a simple message allow different groups to have very different formats, readings, styles of meetings and yet, offer hope, healing, and recovery?

4. Read the paragraph starting with "When carrying the message".
  1. What are we inevitably asked about?
  2. As a fellowship, what can we not afford to take positions on?
  3. What do we not have opinions on?
  4. As a fellowship, why do we not endorse nor oppose any point of view?
  5. What do we confine our public statements to and what does that keep us free from?

  1. How many times do people (even senior members) try to bring political or religious issues into our meetings?
  2. How does my group handle when someone brings up such issues in a meeting?

5. Read the paragraph starting with "The Tenth Tradition".
  1. What does this tradition not mean?
  2. What is our right to think and believe?
  3. What do we take care to say about outside issues within a meeting?
  4. What could strong opinions about an outside issue do when expressed within a group meeting?
  5. What has our experience shown is best?
  6. How does keeping those opinions out of meetings help keep a focus upon?

  1. What is the difference between me having my opinions and the fellowship having a stance on something?
  2. What is the recommended way to express such opinions?
  3. How is keeping out opinions on outside issues allowing the group to offer recovery to all?

  1. What is my experience with being in meetings for a while with others, sharing experience, strength, and hope, and later learning that they held political or religious beliefs that are repugnant to me?
  2. How is that experience allowing me to learn from everyone?
  3. Which is my higher goal, conformity in belief or recovery?
  4. Does that experience help me to support this tradition more?

  1. During times when there is strong public division about certain practices, how does having many different meetings, meeting formats, and using the group conscience to decide what practices to follow allow us to focus on recovery instead of dividing groups for following or not following a practice?
  2. How is my use of the phone and "tele-meetings" allow me to let others have their opinions without trying to change their behavior?

  1. What implications do I see for spirituality in this Tradition?
  2. How can I use this spiritual principle in my family, at work, and in my community given how strongly others might have about some issues?
  3. How can I gently claim a "time-out" from these other discussions?
  4. How can letting others have their opinions without me being pulled into conflict help keep unity in these other organizations?