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. The original opening statement, from "How Was Your Week," is still the most popular version but meetings and their convenors are free to try their hands at variations. Here are several:
NOTE: Opening Statement from HWYW.pdf
01 Opening Statement
NOTE: While some of this statement is outdated (LifeRing no longer uses the "Welcome to LifeRing" brochure), it contains a clear description of the 3 'S's, and a colorful description of the meeting format and crosstalk. Convenors may wish to adapt or borrow from this Opening Statement.
03 Opening Statement-2pages.pdf
NOTE: Opening Statment from LifeRing Canada
04 Opening Statement.pdf
NOTE: Rather than creating a statement to cover all contingencies, the original intent of this statement was to shorten it considerably, and to create a template that could be built upon by groups with specific needs. Some will wish to add language regarding persons attending "under the influence", while others don't really need it. Some will delve deeper into feedback, advice, limited speaking time, etc., while others have no need. The hope is that we can provide a base for convenors to build upon to meet the specific audience of their meeting.
05 Opening Statement.pdf
NOTE: This is a good concise version of the Opening Statement.
06 Opening Statement.pdf
NOTE: This opening statement has a good description of the 3 Ss and the meeting format.
7 Opening Statement-2pages.pdf
NOTE: Download this slide deck and edit it to reflect your LifeRing meeting
PDF Slide Deck - Opening Message