Agenda for Temporary FA Gatherings


NOTE: This is a temporary agenda which may be used for phone or video
gatherings when FA members are unable to attend their regular in-person
meetings because those meetings have been closed for health and safety issues
related to the 2020 coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.


Welcome to this special gathering of members of Food Addicts in Recovery
Anonymous (FA). We are so glad you are here. During the time we are
unable to meet in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to find
ways to support our recovery, and to be available to the still-suffering food
addict. As a stopgap, we are getting together informally to help each other
stay abstinent. If you are new to the program, a warm welcome to you. If
you have any questions, some of us will be available to speak with you
after the call.

(Optional: Insert any relevant housekeeping rules.)


OPEN WITH THE SERENITY PRAYER


Read the DEFINITION OF FOOD ADDICTION:

Food addiction is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit for which
there is no cure, but it can be arrested a day at a time by our adapting
to a disciplined way of eating and the Twelve-Step program of FA.
When we abuse food by using it as a drug, our lives become
unmanageable. Food addicts have an allergy to flour, sugar, and
quantities that sets up an uncontrollable craving. The problem can be
arrested a day at a time by the action of our weighing and measuring
our food and abstaining completely from all flour and sugar. FA
defines abstinence as weighed and measured meals with nothing in
between, no flour, no sugar, and the avoidance of any individual
binge foods.

Read HOW IT WORKS: (Please respect A.A.’s request and read this exactly
as it is written including the words “alcohol” and “alcoholic.”)

Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our
path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not
completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and
women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with
themselves. There are such unfortunates. They are not at fault; they
seem to have been born that way. They are naturally incapable of
grasping and developing a manner of living which demands rigorous
honesty. Their chances are less than average. There are those, too,
who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders, but many of
them do recover if they have the capacity to be honest. Our stories
disclose in a general way what we used to be like, what happened,
and what we are like now. If you have decided you want what we have
and are willing to go to any length to get it—then you are ready to
take certain steps. At some of these we balked. We thought we could
find an easier, softer way. But we could not. With all the earnestness
at our command, we beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the
very start. Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the
result was nil until we let go absolutely. Remember we deal with
alcohol—cunning, baffling, powerful! Without help it is too much for
us. But there is One who has all power—that One is God. May you
find Him now! Half measures availed us nothing. We stood at the
turning point. We asked His protection and care with complete
abandon.

Anyone with 90 days or more of continuous abstinence in FA is now
welcome to share.


(Optional: Choose a reading from any FA Conference-approved literature
including the tools (Living Abstinently pamphlet), FA Book, Big Book,
connection magazine, and/or FA pamphlets, and then open the call for
sharing.)


Read the PROMISES from the Big Book, page 83:

If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be
amazed before we are halfway through. We are going to know a new
freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to
shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will
know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will
see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of
uselessness and self-pity will disappear. We will lose interest in
selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip
away. Our whole attitude and outlook on life will change. Fear of
people and of economic insecurity will leave us. We will intuitively
know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will
suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for
ourselves. Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are
being fulfilled among us—sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly.
They will always materialize if we work for them.


CLOSE WITH THE SERENITY PRAYER


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Agenda for Temporary FA Gatherings (PDF)

This is a temporary agenda which may be used for phone/video gatherings when FA members are unable to attend their regular in-person meetings because those meetings have been closed for health and safety issues related to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.