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Deadlines for monthly featured topics are three and a half months prior to the first day of the month of publication. Please indicate the topic and month for which you are submitting the article based on the deadlines in parentheses. Typed letters by email, mail, or fax are preferred. Letters must contain the author’s name and address, even if the author wishes to remain anonymous in print. Lifeline promotes “unity with diversity” regarding the race, nationality, gender, age, physical challenges, and sexuality of its writers. This issue write about:
  • Sponsorship Day
  • Its All in the Footwork
You can also submit a Lifeline story directly through OAlifeline.org by clicking here.
OA is looking for new stories to include in a revised To the Teen pamphlet for young people. Members ages 18 to 30 or who entered OA during that time of their life are encouraged to submit stories that involve any manifestation of the disease (overeating, anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and other compulsive food behaviors). Email your story to info@oa.org with the subject “YP Story.” Submitted stories must include a signed release form. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2019. Give service and hope: share your story and share the news about this opportunity—download the flyer to bring to your next group or service body.
Get the First Quarter 2019 issue of A Step Ahead and get the latest news about OA world services. A Step Ahead is now published as a web page and can be translated into thirty-four additional languages by clicking the “Select Language” button at the top of the page. In this issue, you’ll find important and useful information about:
  • World Service Business Conference 2019, including New Motions and Amendments
  • Lifeline’s new subscription pricing and how to submit your ideas for its future
  • The temporary suspension on developing new Conference-approved literature
  • Strengthening OA’s virtual meetings through registration
  • New and updated recovery resources from the World Service Office
  • and more!
Read A Step Ahead online or download the newsletter today in printer friendly black and white and share it with your group!
OA has discontinued sales of Twelve Traditions of OA  which is now posted to the OA website for free download. This pamphlet still carries the Conference Seal of Approval and can provide an introduction to the Twelve Traditions for members and newcomers. It can be found at oa.org/documents under “Discontinued Literature.”
A new issue of the Professional Community Courier is now available for download on oa.org. The Courier is our newsletter to professionals in health care, nutrition, counseling, and similar areas who may refer patients and clients to OA. Courier articles are written by doctors, nurses, counselors, and other providers so that referring professionals can learn from peers in their field about the solution we have found by working the Twelve Steps of Overeaters Anonymous.   Help the still-suffering compulsive eater find us by raising awareness among referring professionals in your community. Download the Courier and share it today!
Two guidelines documents have been revised and are now available for download. Treasurer Guidelines have been extensively revised for clarity and will be especially helpful to willing OA members who have less experience with bookkeeping, budgeting, and reporting. Find it on the Treasurer Materials page or on the Documents page under “Group Treasurer Materials.” OA C.A.R.E.S. Correspondence Program Guidelines have also been revised to offer clear suggestions and cautions for giving service through written correspondence to OA members who are incarcerated in jail, prison, or another criminal justice facility. Find the OA C.A.R.E.S. Guidelines on the Guidelines page or on the Documents pages under “Guidelines.”
Where have you visited on the road to recovery? Self-Pity Falls? Higher Power Service Station? Use OA’s new workshop resource, “Recovery Roadmap,” to explore answers and add momentum to a Unity Day event or weekend workshop. In this interactive presentation, participants are visited by several “Recovery Road Travelers” who share their experience. Open sharing and personal mapmaking follow. Scripts, presentation slides, and map materials are available for download at oa.org/documents under “Workshops and Skits.”
All OA meetings are a source of experience, strength, and hope, but small meetings may face challenges unique to their size or location. OA’s new Guidelines for Small Meetings: Help and Hope offer inspiration, practical suggestions, and resources to support members in building fellowship and strong groups—at any size.
OA’s helpful relapse-prevention document “Been Slipping and Sliding? A Reading and Writing Tool” is now updated with page references for the OA Twelve and Twelve, Second Edition. Download and support your abstinence with these thirty prompts to help you work your program.
Created by the PI/PO Committee, this comprehensive directory lists the many, many, many resources available to members, groups, and service bodies carrying “this message to compulsive overeaters.” Free and downloadable, the PI Resource List has link information for multiple resource categories, including guidelines, PI posters, podcasts, OA’s Facebook pages, and more. Save, share, and reach out!
The new Twelve Step Workbook, Second Edition is now available. Composed of questions based on OA’s keystone book—The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, Second Edition—this new Workbook has updated references, including page number references, to the new OA Twelve and Twelve, Second Edition. PLUS: The full list of questions found in the Step Four chapter of the new OA Twelve and Twelve are presented in the new Workbook—all in a single, comprehensive Workbook. Find the new Twelve Step Workbook, Second Edition (#992) in the OA bookstore.  Also available from the OA bookstore as a downloadable, interactive PDF e-Workbook.