Greetings from NA World Services,
We have a few announcements to share with you all.
Guiding Principles: NA’s new book, Guiding Principles: The Spirit of Our Traditions is available for purchase for $11 in hardcover (item 1201) or softcover (item 1202). You can order the book through our online shopping cart http://www.na.org/?ID=OrderLiteratureOnline-content We are working on a special edition and will send more details about that in November.
Literature Projects: We have also posted questions that will help us frame project plans for two pieces of literature—an IP on recovery and mental health/mental illness http://www.na.org/mhmi and a meditation book http://www.na.org/meditationbook Interested members can log on and share their thoughts any time before 1 June 2017.
PR Pamphlet: We have just published a pamphlet for use in public relations service work titled Narcotics Anonymous and Persons Receiving Medication-Assisted Treatment. This pamphlet is intended for professionals who prescribe medication to treat drug addiction. We have posted it online at http://www.na.org/pr and, by the end of November, copies will be available for order from NA World Services as well.
Issue Discussion Topics: The Issue Discussion Topics for the cycle are: Introduction to Guiding Principles, Atmosphere of Recovery in Service, and Applying Our Principles to Technology and Social Media. Workshop outlines, PowerPoints, and handouts for the IDTs are all posted at http://www.na.org/idt. If you put on a workshop locally, don’t forget to send us the input. The input helps us better understand local needs and concerns. We summarize what we’ve heard in the Conference Report each cycle.
Mark your calendars!
The Oahu Gathering will be held on April 7th, 8th, and 9th, 2017.
Registration for the Oahu Gathering in 2017 begins on November 21st.
We will post the registration form soon.
We are still looking for artwork and a theme. Send your suggestions in to Oahu Gathering, P.O. Box 860892, Wahiawa, HI 96786 or call Lloyd T. at (808)221-3595.
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Hello Conference participants,
We just had our first Board meeting of the cycle and we want to keep you updated on some of what we discussed and decided. Of course, we will also report these things in NAWS News.
PR/FD Zonal Contact: The 2016–2018 NAWS Strategic Plan includes a project focused on the relationship between public relations and fellowship development and the need for more collaboration and planning. This cycle’s strategy is to “Support the efforts of NA service bodies —especially those of zonal forums—to strengthen and grow NA as part of a coordinated, comprehensive PR strategy that advances the Vision for NA Services.” We are asking zones that are interested in participating in discussions about this to send contact information for a point person. Thank you!
FIPT Statement: thank you to those of you who sent in input on the draft statement related to FIPT issues. We received input from 91 people, 49 of whom were delegates. Of those 49, 22 would approve the statement as written, 16 would approve it if revised, and 11 would never approve it. Given that fewer than half of delegates responded to the survey, there does not seem to a conscience on releasing a statement from the WSC. We will, instead, release something from the World Board that reports on the WSC discussions, decisions, and straw polls perhaps along with some historical context.
IDT: Coming soon to a website near you…. We are working on finalizing the Issue Discussion Topic material for this cycle and will post session outlines and PowerPoints at www.na.org/idt when they are finalized. The topics this cycle are
- applying our principles to technology and social media
- the second bullet point of our vision statement and atmosphere of recovery
- an introduction to our new book Guiding Principles
Recovery Literature Projects: We are collecting input to help shape two recovery literature projects that will be included in the project plans for consideration at WSC 2018. One is a meditation book and another is an IP on recovery and mental illness/mental health. We have posted webpages for each project with input questions online to fill out and downloadable forms you can use for your local workshops. Please spread the word to any interested addict. More voices means better literature.
Mediation book page: www.na.org/meditationbook
Mental illness/mental health IP page: www.na.org/mhmi
Service Material Projects: We are also working on a couple of “tool box” projects for service materials this cycle—one for conventions and events and another for local service tools. We know that updated service materials are long overdue, and developing a collection of tools rather than a large handbook means that we can produce more items more quickly and that they can be more easily translated and adapted for local use. We will be creating a web page for each focus and will eblast a notice to all members on the NAWS Update list when the pages are posted and we have more information.
The Hawaii Regional Convention of NA XXIV online registration is now extend thru October 24th, the Monday before the convention begins on Friday, October 28th.
You may access the online registration at this link.
If you have questions about the convention, please email the host committee at HRCNA2016@gmail.com.
Mahalo from the HRCNA committee.