Waves of Hope
    Serving Rhode Island & Southeastern Massachusetts

Ocean & Bay Intergroup Meetings
First Tuesday of every month
6-6:30p: Literature Sales & Fellowship
6:30-7:30p: Intergroup Meeting
*New Location: 19 Foster Rd. Cranston*

Local Meeting List


Please check your meeting contact name and information on both the  local Ocean and Bay Meeting List (send changes to oceanandbayoa@yahoo.com) as well as the Overeaters Anonymous website meeting list and make any necessary changes.
* Please call ahead to verify meetings are taking place, especially during holidays. *

Update Jan 11, 2019*

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Please note that every effort has been made to adhere to OA's policy for newsletter publications.  Opinions and experiences expressed within are those of the individual writer and not OA as a whole. 

REMINDER: This is your newsletter, so please feel free to submit your writing contributions to: oceanandbayoa@yahoo.com.

You are also invited to be one of the members who provides answers for a Q&A. Again, just send us a note to: oceanandbayoa@yahoo.com.
It is the month of June, the month of leaves and roses.
When pleasant sights salute the eyes and pleasant scents the noses.  Nathaniel Parker Willis

Dear friends and fellows,

I hope you all had a chance to enjoy the beautiful Memorial Day weather! Summer is slowly starting to show her face!

There is so much to be grateful for this time of year: the sunshine, the beauty of Rhode Island's parks and beaches, our mothers & fathers and those that serve as mother/father-like figures, etc. etc. etc!

One message that keeps creeping up (thanks, HP) on me is one of acceptance: acceptance that I am utterly powerless over food, acceptance of my character defects, acceptance of others and acceptance of those situations outside of my control. The most profound example of this message came during a recent literature meeting. I hope you find some peace in these words as I did:

"I am not responsible for having this disease. I don't have to beat myself up for being a compulsive overeater any more. I also don't have to waste time trying to 'fix' myself in ways that don't work. Though sworn by many of my friends to be the answer to their weight problems, willpower does nothing for my disease...What does prevail against this disease is working the Steps. When I really work them, I recover spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Then I'm able to truly believe what Step One tells me: I'm not responsible for this disease. I'm not weak from lack of willpower. I'm strong because I'm fighting it, and with my HP on my side, there's no way the disease can win." 

I wish you peace, serenity, and sunshine in the month ahead!

Erin F.
Men of OA: You're Not Alone!

Are you the only man in your meeting?
Do you have trouble sharing freely?
Do you want to make contact with other men in OA?

The World Service Survey done in 2010 revealed only about 13% of our fellowship consisted of men! Men in OA are invited to see all the OA resources for men in program, and to learn how to connect with other men in OA, including in-person meetings, phone meetings, email discussion groups, and phone lists.
World Service Business Conference
Growing Our Membership Worldwide

In case you missed it, please check out Kara M.'s report from WSBC as our O&B Intergroup and Region 6 Delegate.

New Policy Statements Affect OA as a whole:
Updated definitions of "abstinence" and "recovery" in Overeaters Anonymous were adopted at the 2019 World Service Business Conference. The revised policy states: 

The WSBC 2019 accepts the following definitions:
  1. Abstinence: The act of refraining from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors while working towards or maintaining a healthy body weight.
  2. Recovery: Removal of the need to engage in compulsive eating behaviors.
Spiritual, emotional, and physical recovery is achieved through working and living the Overeaters Anonymous Twelve Step program. 

New Literature:
Delegates also approved "Body Image, Relationships and Sexuality: Personal Journeys to Recovery in Overeaters Anonymous," a new book as well as "Welcome Back: Suggestions for Members in Relapse and for Those Who Care." This pamphlet will replace Welcome Back (#190) and Members in Relapse (#400), which were revised and combined to create this new pamphlet. Announcements will be made in the WSO News Bulletin and A Step Ahead when this new literature has been produced and is ready for sale.

Thank you, Kara, for your service!
Step Six:
We were entirely ready to have God 
remove all these defects of character.
"When we work Step Six, we dedicate ourselves to a lifetime of growth and change...A willingness to change is the essence of Step Six. Change is always frightening, even when it's a much-needed and long-overdue change for the better...As we work Step Six we recognize and acknowledge our human fear of change. Then, because we are willing to go to any length for recovery from compulsive eating, we move ahead with this Step anyhow."

Tradition Six (Spiritual Principal - Solidarity):
An OA group ought never to endorse, finance, or lend the OA name to any facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
It may sometimes occur to some among us that we could carry the message most effectively through health camps, packaged meals, or restaurants. Why not? It seems very promising at first glance. But the experience of AA has shown us the pitfalls. If the OA name is used for one outside enterprise, no matter how well-meaning, it may then be applied to many others. Inevitably, some would not be to our credit. Then, too, we might lose sight of our primary purpose, carrying the message, in building up our profits and power. Personal power drives and desire for prestige would appear, and our ego demands would cause dissension. We find it necessary to keep the profit motive firmly separated from our Twelfth-Step work at all times. Freely it is given to us, and freely we give it away.

April 23 was the day a notable game show contestant pocketed $20,000 for giving the correct response, "What is Overeaters Anonymous?"

That same day online searches for "Overeaters Anonymous" almost doubled from about 2,200 to 4,200!
What greater introduction to our Fellowship than to reference our Third Tradition?

 Let's enjoy some gratitude for this TV boost as we carry the message!


Rooted in Recovery

October 18-20, 2019

Crowne Plaza
White Plains, New York


Like to write? Consider writing for Lifeline!

Below is a list of ongoing material that Lifeline accepts for publication:

  • Bits and Bites: Collection of short inspirational quotes and recovery wisdom.
  • What Works for Me: How do you work your program, and what difference has it made?
  • Step Study, Living Traditions, Service & Recovery, and The Spiritual Path: Share about the month's Step/Tradition or send a story about service or connecting with your HP
  • Newcomers Corner: Newcomers, share your OA experiences and concerns.
  • Share It (Letters to the Editor): Was a Lifeline issue or story special for you? Tell us!
Lifeline accepts artwork and photos (no faces, please) for publication. Credit lines and rights to submitted work apply equally to articles, artwork, and photos. The WSO does not return submitted materials. Lifeline may edit articles and crop photos.

Send submissions to:
Lifeline, World Service Office,  P O Box 44727,  Rio Rancho, NM 87174-4727 
or  email to  info@oa.org  with subject "Lifeline."

Ocean & Bay Intergroup 
P.O. Box 41273, Providence RI, 02940
Tel: 401-438-1301 | Email:   oceanandbayoa@yahoo.com