Starting a LifeRing Meeting
To be a Convenor:
- Review the benefits of becoming a LifeRing Convenor here.
- You need to be someone in recovery with at least six months of continuous sobriety when the meeting starts.
- Have some familiarity with LifeRing's ”3-S” philosophy of Sobriety, Secularity, and Self-Help. See here.
- Cross-talk is the "secret sauce" that makes a LifeRing work. Visit some online meetings and see the process in action.
- Become familiar with the book "How Was Your Week?". This is the official convenor handbook for LifeRing. It offers an excellent overview of how a meeting is set up, the role you play as the convenor of the meeting, and an overview of the LifeRing organization. There is a free PDF version of an older edition here.
- Excerpts from How Was Your Week (the convenor cliff notes)
- "How Was Your Week?" and other important LifeRing books are available in a "Starter Kit" for new convenors. Look here for additional information and special pricing.
- You need to adhere to the LifeRing Meeting Charter* (See below). A personalized version of this charter will be sent to you once your meeting is up and running.
- Please be prepared to give us your full name, phone number, where you are located - State and City, and an email address that you monitor frequently and are competent enough to use as needed.
- We will use this email address to sign you up on the convenor's email list and to send you periodical email announcements and newsletters as they happen.
- LifeRing hosts a monthly Convenor meeting (Zoom meeting every third Saturday of the month at 9:00 am PT) and a quarterly convenor workshop (same day and time as the convenor meetings, but once every three months). You are strongly encouraged to attend these meetings. Invite reservation and meeting agenda will be posted on the covener's email list in a timely manner.
*LifeRing Meeting Charter
“LifeRing, Inc. hereby grants the (location or Online meeting #) meeting this charter to display the LifeRing logo and to use the name, “LifeRing Secular Recovery” and any short forms thereof, to promote sobriety, secularity, and self-help. This charter is valid so long as the Meeting remains actively dedicated to these goals. For the duration of this charter, LifeRing Secular Recovery Service Center promises to list the Meeting on the LifeRing meeting list, to notify the Meeting of any publications or events that may affect it, to include the Meeting in the democratic internal decision-making process of LifeRing, Inc. pursuant to the LifeRing Bylaws, and to serve the Meeting’s needs to the best of its ability. In turn, the Meeting promises to keep the LSR Service Center informed of the current name, address, phone number, and if applicable, email address of at least one contact person for the Meeting, to notify the Center promptly of any change in its meeting time, place, Internet address if applicable, or description, and to support LifeRing, Inc. financially to the extent the Meeting sees fit. LifeRing, Inc., owner of the LifeRing logo and of the service mark “LifeRing Secular Recovery,” is chartered as a nonprofit corporation to serve recovering alcoholics and addicts, and the general public, by organizing meetings dedicated to sobriety, secularity, and self-help, and by providing educational information toward that end. By “sobriety” LifeRing means complete abstinence from alcohol and illicit or non-medically indicated drugs.”