The Informed Group Conscience
Within The e-AA Group, "substantial unanimity" means a 2/3 majority whenever possible.
"The group conscience is the collective conscience of the group membership and thus represents substantial unanimity on an issue before definitive action is taken. This is achieved by the group members through the sharing of full information, individual points of view, and the practice of A.A. principles. To be fully informed requires a willingness to listen to minority opinions with an open mind." ("The A.A. Group ... Where it all begins," p. 28).
"On sensitive issues, the group works slowly -- discouraging formal motions until a clear sense of its collective view emerges. Placing principles before personalities, the membership is wary of dominant opinions. Its voice is heard when a well-informed group arrives at a decision. The result rests on more than a 'yes' or 'no' count -- precisely because it is the spiritual expression of the group conscience. The term 'informed group conscience' implies that pertinent information has been studied and all views have been heard before the group votes." ("The A.A. Group ... Where it all begins," p. 28-29).
It is suggested that all members become familiar with the concepts pertaining to Right of Participation, Right of Decision, and Right of Appeal (Concepts III, IV, and V in "The A.A Service Manual combined with Twelve Concepts for World Service"). Those concepts are embedded in the above passages, but further study may be helpful in understanding how they are applied.
Reference: Links: A.A. Traditions and (The Long Form)
The A.A. Service Manual combined with 12 Concepts for World Service, PDF
The A.A. Group ...Where it all begins, PDF
Added: 01/27/13 Modified: 03/05/13