Serving Rhode Island & Southeastern Massachusetts
Upcoming Events

June 2020

June 7:  3-4:30 pm (EST)
Sponsorship Workshop
(See details below)

June 13: 4:30 - 6 pm (EDT)
"Recovering During the Pandemic"
Hosted by New Haven, CT group
(see details below)

June 14: 2-4 pm (EDT)
Back to Basics Workshop:  Wisdom of the BB
Hosted by Connecticut Intergroup
(see details below)

June 14:  3-4:30 pm (EDT)
OA Virtual Region Workshop:
Recovery Through Grief and Traumatic Times
(see details below)

June 20: 9am - 11pm (EST)
June 21: 6am - 8pm (EST)
OA Virtual Region: 1st Annual Convention
** Registration closes on June 18th! **
(See details below)

June 27:   10:00 am - 12:30 pm (PDT)
Body Image Workshop 
Hosted by Los Angeles Intergroup
(See details below)

July 2020

July 12, 2020: 3-4:30 pm
OA Virtual Region Workshop:  "Acceptance is the Answer to All my Problems Today"
Meeting ID: 557 696 207   Password: 120912 
By Phone: 720-707-2699



Please check your meeting contact name and information on both the  local Ocean and Bay Meeting List (send changes to oceanandbayig@gmail.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. *
Updated Jan 2020*

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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.
" Surrender, then, is an unconscious event. It is not willed by the individual. It can occur only when one becomes involved with one's unconscious mind in a set of circumstances which signal the undeniable need for an external greater power. The definition of surrender can be understood only when all its unconscious ramifications and true inner meanings are glimpsed. Observed by others, such an individual manifests an inner calm and a 'live and let live' attitude."
- Overeaters Anonymous (2nd Ed), p 239-  
Ocean & Bay - Events/Updates

*updated as of May 20, 2020*

As restrictions begin to lift and meeting spaces provide the option to return in-person, we ask that each meeting make decisions on an individual level in accordance with the 4th Tradition:
"Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or OA as a whole."



CT Intergroup Back-to-Basics Workshop:
Wisdom of the Big Book
June 14, 2020 | 2-4 pm

Zoom Meeting ID: 846 1780 3854
Password: 013523
By Phone: 929-205-6099



Zoom Meeting ID: 871 4157 5248 
Password: 128791 
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Ocean & Bay Intergroup meeting
Tuesday, July 7: 6:30-7:30pm
*Meeting will open at 6:15p* 
Zoom meeting link: 
OR - Dial by phone: 646-558-8656 

Meeting ID:91081554588 |  Password: 487172
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Step Six
We were entirely ready to have God  remove all these defects of character.
(Spiritual Principle: Willingness)

In practice, Step Six may be one of the most difficult of the Twelve Steps, because we find that saying we're entirely ready and being entirely ready to take action are two very different things. What we are entirely ready for, actually, is to have the difficulties our defects have caused us removed while we hang on to the defects themselves.

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:
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.
(Spiritual Principal: Solidarity)

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.

The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, Second Edition
Ocean & Bay Intergroup 
P.O. Box 41273, Providence RI, 02940
Tel: 401-438-1301 | Email:   oceanandbayig@gmail.com