October 2012 Archives

New Wednesday SCA Telephone Meeting

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The following is being posted to the SCAnner, ISO List, Inreach Committee List, Outreach Committee, Fiduciary Committee, Online Intergroup Ops. List, and members of the Sunday telephone meeting.

We are very pleased to announce that a new weekly telephone meeting will be starting on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 under the auspices of Online Intergroup. The meeting will be held at 4:00 p.m. New York time every Wednesday. Services like www.timeanddate.com can tell you the equivalent time in your location. The new Wednesday meeting will largely mirror the existing Sunday telephone meeting. The meeting will be conducted in English.

All SCA members worldwide are welcome to attend, as are members from other "S" fellowships, and anyone qualifying under SCA's Third Tradition.

The meeting will be hosted via the Calliflower Conference Call system that is currently being used by the Sunday telephone meeting, ISO and several ISO Committees. This allows most people to call in free via Skype to Skype bridge, free or at low cost via Google Voice or Gmail Call Phone depending on where you live, and at normal local tariffs via regular phone to local numbers provided by Calliflower in many areas. In rare cases, long distance charges may apply.

If you wish to attend a telephone meeting, or are already a participant in the Sunday meeting and also want to attend the Wednesday meeting, please register in one of the following ways:

Ø  Send an email with your first name and last initial, plus the email address to which your Calliflower invitation and weekly reminders should be sent, to: oimoderator@gmail.com.

Ø  Sign up via the SCA website at: http://www.sca-recovery.org/telephoneaccess.htm

Please specify which meetings you wish to attend, e.g. "Wednesdays" or "Sundays" or "Wednesdays and Sundays."

General background information on participating can be viewed in previous SCAnner postings about the Sunday telephone meeting:



Online Intergroup is excited to be offering this additional meeting option, and we hope it will prove to be a success. Its viability will depend not only on members attending, but also on members getting involved in telephone meeting service, and chairing in particular. Both telephone meetings are looking for volunteers, and training is offered.

An updated flyer for the telephone meetings is also being distributed throughout the fellowship. Please circulate it and pass this news on to groups and members everywhere!

In service,

Kevin - SCA Toronto

& Online Intergroup 

12-Step Retreat in New York

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The following information was provided by the organizers of the retreat, which is not affiliated with SCA, although some members do plan to attend. We provide this information in the spirit of recovery.

Practicing the 12 Step Prayers
We Sought Through Prayer & Meditation...

includes private room, 
materials, & all meals
Little Portion Friary
48 Old Post Road,
Mt. Sinai, NY 11766

- Retreat begins -
Friday November 16th
at 6:30 PM
- to -
Sunday November 18th
at lunch

Little Portion Friary is located about 60 miles east of New York City on the north shore of Long Island.


By Train | LIRR

to Port Jefferson Station
We support your journey by offering our home as a place for prayer, reflection, retreats, meetings of all kinds, weddings, spiritual growth, engagement and rest. 
We hope that you'll find 
Little Portion a place where you can be yourself. We're committed to supporting you in finding your way to a 
joyous spirituality. 


Got Prayer?


Join us for a weekend of reflection that will recognize recovery turning points, build fellowship, and add to (or, refresh) your spiritual toolkit.


Please join us if you...

  • are in any of the 12-Step programs, from your first 90 days to many years, no matter where you are in step work;
  • have a prayer practice, or don't; or, are "acting as if;"
  • are curious (or, afraid);
  • are spiritual, but not religious.

During the weekend, we will explore the four prayers that mark major "turning points" in 12 Step recovery: the Serenity Prayer and the Third, Seventh and Eleventh Step Prayers.


Throughout the weekend, we will spend time together in prayer and reflection, recognizing these turning points, sharing our experience, strength and hope, and discussion. 


Some of the types of prayer we will practice together during the retreat will include meditation, labyrinth walks, contemplative journaling, soulcollage artwork, and deep listening.


No matter what step you're on, or how long you've been in program (and, whatever your relationship is to prayer), join us to deepen your experience with these essential "turning point" prayers of surrender, service and transformation.


Please click on the link below to RSVP or register...
Don't hesitate to be in touch with any questions or thoughts before registering.

Led by Paul Kimmerling & Br. Mark D'Alessio, SSF


Paul Kimmerling is a spiritual director, corporate trainer and 12-step practitioner. He has designed and led a number of workshops on contemplative and active approaches to spiritual development and personal growth, in areas such as Centering Prayer, Forgiveness, Personal Transition, and Career as Vocation. In May 2013 he is taking ten people to Assisi, Italy for a spiritual retreat and is currently developing a mindfulness-based wellness program for the workplace.


Br. Mark D'Alessio, SSF, is a Franciscan friar, spiritual director, author, and past President and Executive Director of the Psychotherapy & Spirituality Institute. Br. Mark has a particular interest in the science and spirituality of applied imagination, a vocation that has spanned two decades and several continents. A Lifetime Colleague of the Creative Education Foundation and past faculty member of their global institute, he has helped, among others, government officials, community leaders, business people, educators, artists, and clergy, with leadership development, fostering innovation, and managing change. Recently he was blessed to serve both the Office of the Presiding Bishop and Forward Movement on cultivating cultures of creativity for the Episcopal Church. A graduate and former steering committee member of the Guild for Spiritual Guidance, Br. Mark is the co-author of the training text, The Imagination of Leadership.



SCA Toronto Step Study Group

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"The spiritual life is not a theory. We have to live it." - Alcoholics Anonymous, Chapter Six, "Into Action" - Page 83.


SCA Toronto is putting on a Step Study Group so members who wish to can work through the 12 Steps together in a group setting.


Details of the Step Study are as follows:


LOCATION: St. Andrew's United Church, 117 Bloor Street East, Toronto

DAY: Wednesdays

TIME: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

START DATE: Wednesday, October 24, 2012


The Step Study is expected to last up to a year, and, as well as the 12 Steps, will include a section on drafting Sexual Recovery Plans. Space is limited, and priority will be given to SCA members.

This is a great opportunity for members who have not worked through the Steps to do so, or for members who have had difficulty completing certain Steps to do so in a structured setting, or for members who have completed the Steps to do a refresher. We will use a variety of materials, but the Step Study will largely be based on "Hope & Recovery" and "Hope & Recovery - the Workbook." Members attending should have copies of these books. A list of other resources we will be using will be provided to participants at a later date.

It is intended that this Step Study will take a thorough and comprehensive approach to the 12 Steps and recovery from sexual compulsion. Please note this is a special purpose group and not a regular meeting, and consistent attendance over the full course of the Step Study is encouraged. The first three meetings will be open for people to see if they wish to attend, then thereafter the group will be closed to only those members who have attended up to that point.

More details will be provided to interested members. Please confirm by email to
scatoronto@hotmail.com if you will be attending.

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