Interviews - July 2015

SEPIA Monthly Newsletter

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Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting,
declining outside contributions.

“’Passing the basket’ at meetings is our way of
meeting our responsibility for the work of A.A.
Our own contributions support the group, the
General Service office, and all A.A. activities…As
active alcoholics we were always looking for a
handout– in one way or another…Part of our personal
recovery came in making ourselves into responsible
human beings.”
-from “The Twelve Traditions Illustrated”


“Humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings.”

“My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me,
good and bad.
I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character
which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows.
Grant me strength, as I go out from here,
to do your bidding.


12th_concept“The Charter and Bylaws of the General Service Board are legal instruments, empowering the trustees to manage and conduct world service affairs. The Conference Charter is not a legal document; it relies upon tradition and the A.A. purse for final effectiveness.”

“If. . . the Conference will always bear in mind actual rights, duties, responsibilities and legal status of the General Service Board, and if the trustees . . . will constantly realize that the
Conference is the real seat of ultimate service authority. . . neither will be seriously tempted
to make a ‘rubber stamp’ out of the other…


The SEPIA office will be closed on Friday, July 3 in observation of Independence Day!

Looking for a way to be of Service?

The Intergroup Office is looking for volunteers to answer the A.A. phone during office hours of 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday!

Yours could be the first message of hope a suffering alcoholic receives!

OR you could be of service after hours, using your own phone on your own time– shifts are available on various days! Contact SEPIA today!
Phone: 215-923-7900

Fellowship Corner

fellowship_cornerWhen I tell people that I moved here less than a year ago from California, 9 out of 10 people respond with an incredulous “Why?!”. I make something up about opportunities and jobs, but the truth is, I do not know why. The move itself was put into motion by my higher power as a series of conclusions- a job, my rent being raised, and a milestone in my education. The strength and courage to do so with faith driven abandon – that came from the fellowship and my relationship with my higher power which I acquired by working the 12 steps. Page 162 of the Big Book predicts that “some day we hope that every alcoholic who journeys will find a Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous at his destination.” Due to the hard work of our founders and all alcoholics who passed before us, this is REALITY today.

What I am learning is that the depth and sincerity of this fellowship- the largest and most successful self-help group in all of history- truly knows no state lines or international boundaries. By doing as was suggested and jumping in head first, the same way I did in my previous fellowship, with service, meetings, putting my hand out, and helping others, I have found that my home is wherever the fellowship is. I almost immediately found a group of amazing women who pulled me in and have become great friends. Two months after moving here I was throwing a Halloween party at my house. How was I going to explain THAT to my new (non-alcoholic) roommates from out of state who still didn’t know anyone?! I have found an emotional doppelganger here for everyone back home, and my program has been revitalized. I have found everything here that I thought I could not stay sober without.

Recently, I have been welcomed into a role of service here at the Intergroup office for which I get to hang out in this great hub of recovery and edit, format, and sometimes write pieces for the “Interviews” monthly newsletter. Participating in this capacity allows me to be of service to A.A. as a whole and learn about the bigger picture of the structure and function of the fellowship. I am so grateful for this opportunity.

I can’t say it was easy, and it was certainly uncomfortable, but I can say that it was made so much easier and less scary knowing that I had Alcoholics Anonymous waiting for me on the other side of the country. “There exists among us a fellowship, a friendliness, and an understanding which is indescribably wonderful” (BB p. 17). So thank you, and if you are hesitant to take any kind of leap of faith, check your motives, then jump- there is a world full of alcoholics just waiting to accept you with open arms!

-Catherine C

Do you or your group have something to contribute? Send it to manager@sepennaa and you might see it in “Fellowship Corner”!

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When: Noon to 3 pm
Where: SEPIA Office 444 N. 3rd Street, 3rd Floor
Philadelphia (19123)
Learn all aspects of the Prison committee:

  • How to get a badge
  • Be a Temporary Contact when prisoners get released, etc.


The Unity Committee would like to thank everyone who attended and helped out at this year’s annual Unity Picnic! Everyone there made it a beautiful day of fellowship, family and fun.