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Meeting Handbook schedules

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Meeting Handbook schedules

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On the topic schedules, readings are given more time than the "questions" topics without a reading. Not all questions topics are in the schedule. To make the total come out to 366 days per year (Feb 29 also has a reading) I used a limited number of questions topics to fill in the remainder. All readings are in the General schedule. All readings but steps 4-12 are in the Beginner schedule.

The General/Step Schedule gives:
7 days per step reading
5 days per beginner reading
3 days per general reading
1 day per questions topic

The Beginner Schedule gives:
7 days per beginner reading (and steps 1-3)
3 days per general reading
2 days per questions topic

The schedules are meant for groups with weekly (not daily) meetings. When a topic is in a small chunk of 2 or 3 days, it will come up in only 2 or 3 of every seven years. Because the dates mostly shift by only one weekday per year (e.g. July 25 is Sunday this year, Mon next year, Tue the following year) these topics would come up 2 or 3 years in a row then not at all for 4 or 5 years. So the dates are staggered to vary to topics more often.

When a topic is in a big chunk of 5 or 7 days, there's no need to stagger the days. It will come up every year or almost every year.

Step 1-3 topics in the beginner's schedule are also covered by other readings. "Powerlessness", "Unmanageability", "Gift of Desperation", "Accepting our illness", "Seriousness of our condition" and "Surrender" are all variations on Step One. "Higher power of my own understanding" and "Spirituality" are variations on Step Two. "Letting go" is a variation of Step Three. They're scattered throughout the year. Plus the handbook encourages the use of Step One or another beginner topic instead of a planned non-beginner topic when a newcomer shows up.
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