Jim spoke to us today about “12 step programs.”  Most Americans have some acquaintance with 12 step programs.  They exist for many kinds of addictive behavior.  Many have addapted the steps to their own program point of view, but none stray far from the original 12 steps written for Alcoholics Anonymous, a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.  (please forgive, somehow I only had 11 lines written down and clearly there are suposed to be 12 in a 12 step program.)

1) Admit the problem has become unmanageable for you

2) Believe that there is a power greater than yourself

3) Make a decision to turn your will over to the greater power’

4) Make a fearless moral inventory

5) Admit tot he higher power and to another human being that you have a problem

6) Ready yourself for  your higher power to remove these defects

7) Ask your higher power to remove the defects

8) Make a list of all you have harmed and be willing to make ammends

9) Continue your personal inventory and continue to ask for forgiveness

10) Seek to improve your consciousness even if you cannot control your thoughts entirely

11) Have a Spiritual awakening.

Announcements:   The March UU District meeting will take place in StClairsville on March 26, 2011.  Our congregation is entitle to two delegate seats.  There will be lots of workshops on various aspects UU congregation life.  Let Stan know if you are interested in attending.

Joys:  Betty said that last nights pot luck was the best.  Thanks to Depa, Elizabeth, and Charlotte for setting up the room.  Betty didn’t want to tell us about the food for fear that it would make us sad that we missed the feast… but then she told us about the food anyway.

We lit a candel for in the Middle East who are trying to transform their governments and to the public employees of Wisconsin and Ohio who are trying not to have their government transform them.  Betty had a joy, in that she went to the hospital with signs of a heart attack, but she didn’t have  a heart attack.  She was having all the symptoms, but the emergency room checked and declared that is healthy and that it was probably a severe migrain