Before recovery, many of us were ashamed of or even hated our bodies. Perhaps, when we looked in the mirror, we heard a parent’s critical voice or taunts from grade school classmates; perhaps we became convinced no one could be attracted to us because of our weight, our body shape, our loose skin, or the effects of aging. Most of us saw a body that didn’t match what others saw, because our vision was clouded by emotional and spiritual turmoil. One of the greatest gifts of recovery is the ability to see our bodies as they really are. For some, that might mean realizing that we’re actually a normal, healthy size. For others, it might mean coming to honor bodies that bore children or survived abuse, including compulsive over or under eating. Our bodies are eager now to thrive-to take up hiking, learn to dance, or wear flattering clothes.
May 16, 2020, 2 to 3:30 p.m. EDT Workshop to be conducted via Zoom To receive an invitation to the Workshop, please email email@example.com
“Find Abstinence Through The Big Book”
Please join us for our 15th annual Big Book Study via Zoom scheduled for two consecutive Saturdays; May 30, 2020 & June 6th, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM each day! The theme this year is: “Find Abstinence Through The Big Book”.
Highlights for this year:
- We will be broadcasting live over the Internet utilizing a visually rich and powerful presentation.
- The live video stream is in High Definition.
- Due to location, the event will not be recorded.
- Reasonable cost (No one will be turned away).
Even though we won’t be together in the same physical room this year, we will still be making the Big Book come alive so we can learn to live in the Promises every day.
Links to the latest documents:
Please print a few extra flyers and announce this event at your meeting.
Many meetings have started meeting virtually, most via Zoom (which OA does not endorse, any more than we do the phone company….) If your meeting is not on the list below, it may still be meeting virtually and Intergroup just doesn’t have the information or permission to post the name and number of the person with the specifics of the meeting. We suggest you contact the regular meeting contact to find out if the meeting is happening virtually and either the specifics or who to contact to get the specifics.
While it might be more convenient to post those specifics here, Intergroup prefers not to do that for security reasons. So-called “Zoom Bombing” is now a thing, wherein people crash Zoom meetings and put up pornographic or other offensive content via the virtual background or screen sharing. The more of the specifics we put online, the easier it is for those people to find them. As further security, Zoom as a platform has started requiring a password for all free and single-user Pro accounts, which probably is how most OA meetings are being done (please see earlier article on why we should not be using our employers’ Zoom accounts for OA meetings).. SOAR8 further recommends that OA meeting hosts disable virtual backgrounds and screen sharing by participants.
Note that passwords for audio call-in for Zoom meetings are usually different (numbers only, randomly generated by Zoom) than the password for the video meeting (alphanumeric, can be set by host), so if you plan to call in, be sure to get that password. Hosts, it should be at the bottom of the invitation with the call-in phone numbers. Note too, you will not be asked for the video meeting password if you access it by clicking on a link provided by the host that includes the encrypted password (you can tell because there’s a long string of what looks like random characters at the end of the link). If you access it by entering the meeting ID into the Zoom app, you will be prompted for the video meeting password.
Zoom meetings (audio and video, can also just use audio):
Sun 10am Durham – Nan M 518-466-0100
Thurs 12:30 Carrboro – Susan 919-593-5866
Sun 4pm Carrboro – Anne L 919-360-8711 text please
Tues 6pm Chapel Hill – Mary Anne 919-260-5693
Tues/Thurs noon Durham – Taylor 908-462-4525
Thurs 7pm Chapel Hill – Anne L 919-360-8711 text please
Sat 9am Raleigh – Atiya 919-302-1030 or Mary Anne 919-260-5693
Call in Meeting (audio only): all three Greenville meetings (Mon and Thurs 7pm, Sat 11am ) are using this number (actual call-in number for meeting, not the contact): 978-990-5000; PIN 434698#
- Most in-person meetings have now either gone virtual or suspended meetings. Call the regular meeting contact to find out current status and any virtual meeting details.
- Intergroup will not post links to specific virtual meeting, but if you need to list a different contact for virtual meeting info, notify the webmaster (firstname.lastname@example.org) and newsletter editor (email@example.com) and we will post those.
- If you are setting up (or have set up) a virtual meeting, please bear in mind the following, in keeping with our Traditions:
- You should not use a virtual meeting account that you have access to through your employer: this is an inappropriate use of your employer’s resources; in addition, some companies record all virtual meetings by default (potentially breaching anonymity).
- There are free options, although they may have limitations, and paid options should cost less than rent.
- Check with your landlord to confirm that they will NOT be charging you rent while you cannot meet in person: most churches have discontinued all meetings in their facilities and are not charging rent during that time.
- It’s vital to maintain the 7th Tradition during this time: while our meetings might not be paying rent (or paying less for a virtual solution), we need to continue to support both:
- Our own recovery through this important Tradition, as well as
- Service bodies (Intergroup, SOAR 8, and WSO), who maintain our websites, disseminate information, and generally help us stay connected and who are now more crucial than ever!
- While we obviously cannot physically pass the basket, here are some alternatives:
- Cash: Keep an envelope, and when you attend a virtual meeting, put whatever you would normally have put in the basket in the envelope. You can bring it to the meeting once we can meet in person again.
- Check: Mail a check to your group treasurer (IF they are willing to provide their mailing address).
- E-payment: Use an electronic payment system (IF your treasurer has such an account and is willing to share the details).
Meeting Treasurers should decide which (if any) non-cash options they are willing and able to provide and communicate what options are available to your meeting attendees. Among the methods available for a given meeting, each individual should make the decision of which to use that best suits them.
This month’s intergroup meeting will be held virtually. All are welcome to attend! If you would like to attend, please see your intergroup rep for details.
Nassau Intergroup of Overeaters Anonymous extends its heart and hand to you. Please consider joining us in a celebration of Unity Day; through a hybrid workshop.
If you have any questions, please contact Claire M directly at 516-509-9926 text, voice, or what’s app. We recommend downloading the free version of zoom in advance.
Unity Day Zoom Workshop
Time: Feb 29, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Register for the 2020 OA Carolinas Convention by February 21 and save 15 dollars off the regular admission.
Be sure to reserve a room at the Hawthorne Inn to get the discount rate.
We hope to see you there!