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Literature Committee invites submissions

The ISO Literature Committee invites members of the fellowship to submit original writings about the SAA program of recovery (such as pamphlets or booklets) for consideration and possible publication by the ISO.

The guidelines for submission of literature, as well as a pre-review questionnaire and release form, are available here.

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Member Submissions needed to complete the SAA Meditation Book

  • Yes, you can write meditations for the new book! Are you not quite sure how?
  • Come to one of the LitCom teleconference workshops to learn how to write a meditation.
  • These teleconferences will be based on the workshop presented at the Oakland convention.
  • Learn step-by-step what is involved, and practice writing a meditation during the workshop.
  • Please join us at one of these times for an hour and a half of creative service.

SAA Meditation Book Vision Statement

The SAA Meditation Book carries the message of recovery by collecting into one volume diverse voices of the SAA fellowship to serve as a resource for meditation and prayer for the addict in recovery and the sex addict who still suffers.

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Meditation Writing Teleconference Workshop

All those interested in contributing to the Meditation Book are invited to attend one or more tele-workshops. We will go over the guidelines and process for submission; there will be ample time for writing, and time for sharing as well. Please consider joining us for this unique service opportunity!

All workshops are the 4th Sunday of the month at 5:00 pm Central Time and last until 6:30 p.m.:

  • December 25, 2016, 5:00 pm CT Dec call cancelled
  • January 22, 2017, 5:00 pm CT
  • February 26, 2017, 5:00 pm CT

To register, call 1-800-477-8191 or email meditation@saa-recovery.org.

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Meditation Topic of the Month

  • November/December: Taking Healthy Risks

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    Guidelines for Meditations

    The ISO Literature Committee welcomes submission of entries from the fellowship-at-large for possible inclusion in the SAA Meditation Book. The Meditation Book will consist of 366 entries, one for each day of the calendar year.

    To ensure consideration, submissions should contain the following:

    • A short quotation taken from SAA publications that are Literature Committee approved or Conference approved (see list below). The quote must include the source and page number using the following style: Sex Addicts Anonymous, page 20. Quotes from other sources will not be considered.
    • The main body is an expansion of the topic or principle, ideally including perspective on a particular aspect of SAA recovery through your experience, your strength, your hope, and your voice. Please note that we have found that using "I" rather than "we" in the body of the meditation makes for a stronger message. This is the critical component of your submission. We can add a quote or an affirmation, but only you can provide your ES&H.
    • At the bottom of the page, a concise statement to summarize the main idea of the meditation, or offer a poignant challenge or affirmation.

    Each entry should be 200-350 words including the quotation and the closing affirmation. (1.5 - 3 sides, handwritten). Submissions must include your name and contact information to be cross-referenced with your release form.


    Sources for Opening Quotation

    • Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA Green Book)
    • Sex Addicts Anonymous (Pamphlet)
    • Abstinence
    • The Bubble
    • Three Circles
    • Getting a Sponsor
    • Writing to Prisoners
    • Sexual Sobriety and the Internet
    • Safe and Sexually Sober Meetings
    • Getting Started in Sex Addicts Anonymous
    • A Special Welcome to the Woman Newcomer
    • Recovery from Compulsive Sexual Avoidance
    • Group Guide
    • Intergroup Guide
    • Tools of Recovery
    • First Step to Recovery
    • Abstinence and Boundaries in SAA
    • SAA and the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Sex Addict

    Release Form:

    The ISO must have a signed release before a submission can be considered. By signing the release, the author grants the ISO of SAA, Inc. sole rights to edit, alter, publish, or reject any submission. A blank release form is available in this newsletter or may be obtained from the ISO office or downloaded and printed from the SAA website.

    Please send a digital copy of your submission (attached as .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt, or in the body of the email) to: meditation@saa-recovery.org

    Include complete contact information and, if possible, a signed scanned release. All submitters must send or have sent a release form - one per author - before submissions can be considered.

    You can also send your meditation, contact information, and signed release by postal mail to:

    Meditation Book, ISO, PO Box 70949, Houston, TX 77270.

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    Do you have information for the SAA history project?

    Volunteers are gathering data for a history monograph, chronicling the beginning and growth of the SAA fellowship. Recently, they have made arrangements with the ISO office, to record interviews with members of the SAA fellowship, who have information about the fellowship, the ISO, SAA Literature or other aspects of our organization.

    If you have information, insights, or historical perspectives on the early days or more recent expansion of SAA around the world, please let us know. Members who wish to volunteer for phone interviews and possible follow-up questions, can send their contact information to director@saa-iso.org. All responses will remain confidential in accordance with SAA's Twelve Traditions.

    Help us produce the most complete and accurate history possible!

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    SAA pamphlets now available to read online!

    The International Service Organization of SAA is pleased to announce the availability of SAA pamphlets on the SAA website (saa-recovery.org). The pamphlets may be found by following the "SAA literature" sub-tab from the Home page. Also included are the pamphlets in Spanish and the "Pathway to Recovery" pamphlet in French.

    This milestone has been accomplished by the combined efforts of the ISO Literature Committee, the ISO office, and the ISO Board of Trustees and its committees, specifically the Online Presence Committee and the International Development Committee. We believe that ready access to SAA literature online will greatly enhance the capacity of member groups and individual members of the fellowship to carry the SAA message of recovery more effectively and more efficiently.

    As before, the printed pamphlets are available for purchase from the ISO - either through the online SAA Store or by telephone or postal mail from the ISO office. Don't forget to ask about our volume discount.

    This development is a good example of how the ISO is working to support members of the fellowship and member groups. As you benefit from having access to the SAA pamphlets online, please remember that the ISO is totally dependent on financial support from members, member groups, and intergroups to offer and maintain this type of service for the fellowship. If you appreciate what the ISO does for you, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution today.

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    Newsletter Features Topical Issues

    This year The Outer Circle will feature articles on specific Steps, Traditions, and other selected topics. For topics and deadlines for submission, see the newsletter page on this website.

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    Host Needed for Women's Retreat

    The ISO Women's Outreach Subcommittee (WOSC) is accepting proposals from local fellowships to host the 5th International Women's Retreat in 2016 0r 2017. The hosting fellowship will have the full support of the WOSC, including help financially with start-up expenses. The host will be responsible for planning the retreat and making all local arrangements. It is anticipated that the retreat would be self-supporting, so that start-up funds would be available for future retreats.

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    SAA Conference - Toronto, Ontario

    February 25, 2017

    SAA Toronto is hosting a conference on Saturday, February 25, 2017. The theme this year will be "The Power of We--Engaging the Mind, Body, and Soul." The cost of the one-day event is $35 (CDN), which includes lunch, if registered by February 20.

    Click here for additional information

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    San Francisco Bay Area Annual Retreat - Petaluma, CA

    March 17-19, 2017

    The San Francisco Bay Area Intergroup’s 17th annual SAA retreat will be held in Petaluma, CA, 40 miles north of San Francisco. All SAA members are welcome to attend. The retreat includes workshops, meetings, and great fellowship. Register by March 1 (or by Feb. 9 for the early-bird special) to help us with meal and bed counts. Partial weekend attendance is welcome. We will have a team of ASL interpreters onsite throughout the retreat to support hearing-impaired members. See http://bayareasaa.org/events.php?p=retreat (off-site link) for registration and workshop forms.

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    Gulf Coast Region Intergroup Retreat - Chatawa, MS

    March 24-26, 2017

    The Gulf Coast Region Intergroup of SAA is planning their annual retreat for the weekend of March 24 - 26, at St. Mary of the Pines Retreat Center in Chatawa, Mississippi. The "Tools of Recovery - 2017 GCRIG Serenity Retreat" will feature workshops, meetings, and members' stories. The retreat center provides a serene place for quiet reflection and plenty of opportunities for recreation

    Click here for additional information

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    Fifth International SAA Women's Retreat

    March 31 - April 2, 2017

    The Women's Outreach Sub-Committee invites all women sex addicts to this year's retreat to be held in Minnesota. The retreat will include indoor and outdoor activities, fellowship, workshops, arts and crafts, and face-to-face meetings. Plan for lots of fun, and don’t forget your swimsuit for a dip in the heated swimming pool! Registration is now open.

    The cost of the retreat is $120 through March 1, 2017, and $130 after March 1. The fee includes meals and lodging. Financial aid is available.

    Click here for additional information

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    Triangle Area Spring Step Retreat - Chapel Hill, NC

    April 7-9, 2017

    The North Carolina Triangle Area Intergroup is sponsoring an opportunity to work on Steps One through Nine in a weekend. Four tracks will be offered, and on-site sponsors will be available for men and women. The beautiful camp ground setting in rural NC has climate-controlled accommodations for men and women.

    Click here for additional information

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    DFW Men's Spring Retreat - Denton, TX

    April 22-23, 2017

    Come join us for our 4th annual men's retreat on April 22-23, 2017, in Denton, TX. Recovered sex addicts will share their experience with the Twelve Steps. Activities include speakers, a panel discussion and Q&A session with experienced sponsors, as well as plenty of time for fellowship with like-minded men. Overnight accommodations are available on Friday night for out-of-towners.

    Click here for additional information

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