Opening and Closing Statements

Most LifeRing meetings begin with the reading of an “Opening Statement.” It serves, as the book “How Was Your Week” says, as “the spoken ritual that launches the meeting” It is intended to give, as briefly as possible, information about LifeRing’s approach to recovery and how our meetings are conducted. It gives both a bit of guidance to brand new people who may have no idea what to expect at our meetings, and sets a tone for those who are already familiar with LifeRing.

As Martin Nicolaus wrote in How Was Your Week:

The opening statement is the vocal ritual that signals the formal beginning of the meeting … It informs newcomers and reminds old-timers of the basic philosophy of the group. It alerts new arrivals that they’re in the wrong meeting if they were looking for something with a different approach. It outlines the format and ground rules.

Convenors are free to adapt the opening statement they use or compose their own, and many have done so. Below are some of the variations used by LifeRing Convenors:

— The original, from How Was Your Week PDF  Word Download

— Another general purpose alternative PDF  Word Download

— Good 0pening statment to explain the 3 ‘S’s PDF  Word Download

— A version used by LifeRing Canada  PDF  Word Download

— 2 page opening statement  PDF  Word Download

— Suggested by Tom M.  PDF  Word Download

— A brief version from Njon W.  PDF  Word Download

— A Different version  PDF  Word Download

— Another 0pening statment to explain the 3 ‘S’s  PDF  Word Download

Many convenors also use a Closing Statement to mark the end of the meeting, often concluding with a round of applause. Here are some possibilities for closing statements:

— The original, from How Was Your Week  PDF  Word Download

— A version used by LifeRing Canada  PDF  Word Download

— Another version  PDF  Word Download