Information on Submitting Questions to AA General Service Conference

Do you ever wonder how decisions in the fellowship are made? Or how the collective group conscience of AA can provide recommendations and suggestions for groups? Do you have a question you would like to ask the fellowship?

The mechanism by which all these objectives are achieved is the General Service Conference, which is held annually in York, U.K. (or in 2021, online). A key part of Conference each year is to answer questions posed by the fellowship via a process explained in detail here: https://alcoholics-anonymous.eu/gsc/.

Anyone can submit a question for discussion, including individual members, groups, intergroups, regions or members of the General Service Board.

If you would like to submit a question, it should be something that you think concerns Alcoholics Anonymous Great Britain and Continental Europe as a whole. To submit a question, you can send it to the conference co-ordinator at the General Service Office in York (via the address below) and she will confirm that your topic/question has been received. The deadline for submission of questions is 31stAugust every year, in order to be considered for discussion at the conference the following year.

The conference co-ordinator will pass on all questions to the Conference Steering Committee (CSC) with no information about who sent them in. In other words, items from individual members, groups, intergroups and regions are all treated the same. The CSC will consider all questions submitted. If yours is not accepted the CSC will write to you and explain why.

Here is some helpful advice to maximise the chances that your question will be accepted. You can find most of the documents referenced below in the document library of the AAGB website (here: https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/Members/Document-Library, under “Conference Reports and Background”)

  1. Refer to the current Terms of Reference which lists the reasons for acceptance / non-acceptance
  2. Look through topics and questions discussed by Conference in previous years. A question cannot be asked again if it was asked within the past three years.
  3. Look at the topics and questions that were not accepted in previous years.
  4. Consider whether the topic/question is something more suitable for discussion at Group, Intergroup or Region level.
  5. Check if the topic/question is already dealt with somewhere in our literature.
  6. Make sure you include supporting information for your question. For example, this might include references to our literature, past Conference decisions or Board Reports.
  7. Include the intention behind your suggested topic/question.

All topics/questions should be addressed to:

The Conference Co-ordinator

General Service Office of Alcoholic Anonymous Great Britain PO Box 1, 10 Toft Green

York YO1 7NJ

United Kingdom

Email: aainformation@nullgsogb.org.uk

For more information, please feel free to contact the delegate team for Continental European Region (confdel.cer@nullaamail.org) and the pamphlet ‘The General Service Conference (available here: https://alcoholics-anonymous.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/4033-General-Service-Conference-The-Conscience-of-AA-GB.pdf)