World Service Conference Gathering
April 22-24, 2020
Joshua Tree Retreat Center
Have you reached that grateful place in your recovery that calls you to service? Those of us with time in SIA have come to understand that “in order to keep it, we have to give it away.” Your service is needed and welcomed
What will happen at the annual
SIA World Service Conference Gathering?
The SIAWSC is an opportunity for a Group Representative(GR) from each group/intergroup and WSC committee members to gather in service to the fellowship of SIA. We will do this with our group conscience in our various committees by; sharing ideas, discussing issues, clarifying policy/solutions, and working on new and existing literature.
All attendees will serve on a committee and have a voice in crafting policy/motions relating to that committee’s need (see committee descriptions on SIAWSO.org). Motions may be put to a vote at the annual WSC Gathering, but any motion that effects the fellowship as a whole will ultimately be sent to individual groups for final approval. As for voting at the WSC Gathering, if multiple attendees are present from a group/intergroup then the attendee appointed as GR by the group will have the vote.
Who should attend the SIAWSC Gathering?
Each group and intergroup should make an effort to financially support one member (Group Representative) to attend the WSC gathering.
Be advised, this conference is specifically designed for SIA service. Attendees should have a foundation in SIA, a home group, be grounded in the 12 Steps, and have a strong working knowledge of the 12 Traditions. Prior service at the group/intergroup level is highly recommended.
What does the SIAWSC Gathering cost?
The SIA World Service Office is covering the administrative costs of the conference. Travel, room, and board should ideally be paid by the group/intergroup that is sending a representative (GR). A member may also decide to self-pay and attend. Click the link below for room and board pricing.
SIAWSC Gathering 2020 register
Does your group need guidance on choosing and sending a group representative to the next SIAWSC gathering?
(The following is an excerpt from the currently in-process
Working Draft of the SIA Service Manual, a task of the WSC Structure Committee)
Structure of the SIA Fellowship
The foundation of the SIA structure is the membership. The basic unit is the SIA group, which may consist of any two or more individuals coming together for mutual help. The group’s operations are the responsibility of a set of group trusted servants, who are elected by the members.
Service positions rotate so that everyone has an opportunity to serve the group. All trusted servants are leaders who perform their duties in keeping with the Traditions and Concepts of Service of SIA, yet they have no authority over the group.
The Group Representative represents the group’s concerns at the Intergroup and World Service level, as well as informing the group of what is happening in SIA Intergroups and worldwide. GRs are entrusted with the “right of decision” to vote on behalf of the group according to their conscience and the good of SIA as a whole. (See the “12 Concepts of Service”)
Every group has a voice and a vote in SIA business through their Group Representative (GR) represented at the annual SIA World Service Conference gathering. A functioning World Service Conference ensures a healthy SIA fellowship.
Groups are encouraged to make funding their GR’s WSC attendance a priority. Many groups have an additional collection at each meeting specifically to send the GR to the yearly WSC. The WSC ensures that new literature is created and printed, group concerns are heard and handled, public outreach guidance is provided, and to the sustainability of our fellowship as a whole.
There are two major lines of communication between the individual group and SIA as a whole. The first is the SIA World Service Conference (with its committees) and the SIA World Service Office (WSO), which acts as the service center for groups throughout the world.
Committee Descriptions: All attendees will serve on at least 1 committee
Outreach Purpose and Duties:
To devise approaches and methods to reach as many adult victims of childhood sexual abuse as possible (such as means to contact professionals who may come in contact with those victims, ways to contact the media, and a variety of communications methods) being ever mindful of the SIA Traditions regarding anonymity. To share these outreach methods with the membership, so that they may use them at the group level, through the SIA Newsletter and templates on the SIA website (already existing best practices could be studied and utilized). To submit quarterly reports to the Conference Standing Chair. Also, to prepare a report for the WSC and to contact the WSC Chairperson in a timely fashion regarding committee activities.
Finance Purpose and Duties:
To work with the WSO in sending out financial appeals sufficient to insure the financial stability of the WSO. The committee will generate ideas to increase revenue for the operation of the WSO, ever mindful of our SIA Tradition 7 regarding “compromising contributions.” To submit quarterly reports to the Conference Standing Chair. To prepare a report for the WSC and to contact the WSC Chairperson in a timely fashion regarding committee activities.
Literature Purpose and Duties:
The Literature Committee is responsible for all aspect of creating, editing, reviewing, updating, and generating Conference Approved Literature (CAL). As outlined in the Literature Committee Purview Document, which was approved at the 2012 WSC, this committee and its sub committees are responsible for all functions related to SIA Literature (except for a final review for legal purposes which is done by the SIA Board of Trustees).The sub committees include SIA Pamphlets, SIA “Gold Book”, SIA Daily Meditation Book, and Newsletter . Through a regular article in the SIA Newsletter, Literature Committee activities are reported and members sought. A report will be sent to the WSC Standing Chair for the WSC.
Group Concerns Purpose and Duties:
Through the SIA Newsletter and contact with the WSO and WSC, to determine the most prevalent group concerns which may affect SIA as a whole and which transcend the group level of resolution through group conscience. To discuss those concerns with committee members and develop proposals to bring before the WSC (such as, to survey the membership on the matter of concern). To post best practices from groups (such as “Safety Guidelines”) on the SIA website. To submit quarterly reports to the Conference Standing Chair. To contact the WSC Chairperson in a timely fashion, regarding agenda items and proposals for the WSC. [This Committee will not be given, or share names of individuals or groups in their discussions, but focus only upon issues,]
Conference Structure Purpose and Duties:
To work with the SIA Board of Trustees to see that all WSC actions are in accordance with SIA Bylaws, SIA Traditions, SIA Board legal considerations, and, pending approval by the membership, the Proposed Concepts of Service. To prepare the Proposed SIA Concepts of Service for a vote of acceptance by the SIA membership. To work with the Conference Planning Committee and the Conference Standing Chairs to see that the various Conference Committees are fully formed and prepared for the yearly WSC.
Conference Planning Purpose and Duties:
The WSC Conference Standing Chairperson will receive quarterly reports from the other committees, work with the Planning Chair and Committee to develop the Agenda for the WSC (A suggested agenda is available), and physically Chair the annual World Service Conference .
The Conference Planning Chairperson and Committee will plan the physical World Service Conference. This Chair and Committee will plan the physical World Service Conference, secure a location for the Conference, create an announcement and registration form for the WSC, receive registrations and send back confirmations, prepare handouts of Committee reports, proposals, the previous year’s minutes, and any other relevant documents, see that delegates from the SIA groups receive the documents in a timely fashion, coordinate the Conference Agenda with the Conference Standing Chair. If the conference is at a physical location instead of a virtual meeting, the planning committee will have to consider making a schedule, and planning refreshments, etc. Scheduling of SIA meetings and workshops during the conference that do not conflict with the WSC meeting times is encouraged
If possible please bring your laptops, tablets and/or smart phones to help our productivity
All attendees will serve on 1 committee
If possible please bring your laptops, tablets and/or smart phones to help our productivity
Room and board plus travel expenses are paid by the intergroup, group, or individual.
What are World Service Conference Committees?
Ideally, these committees meet regularly and submit quarterly reports to the World Service Conference Chairperson. If you wish to serve as a Chairperson, Alternate Chairperson, or member of any of the following committees please fill out this form.