ABOUT FELLOWSHIP DROP-IN (BETWEEN-WORKSHOP SUPPORT AND FELLOWSHIP)
We provide a mid-week Fellowship Drop-In for conference registrants every Wednesday, 12-1pm pacific, 3-4pm eastern, etc, although the end time is flexible. The personal unique video conference links that conference registrants receive for Fellowship Drop-In are active 24/7 throughout the conference cycle.
This virtual meeting space is available, first-come, first-served, except during our weekly workshops and this scheduled conference event each week, plus up to a half hour before each event begins and up to an hour after the scheduled event time has ended.
More specifically, what Fellowship Drop-In is:
Fellowship Drop-In is a planned time between each weekly workshop when participants are welcome to ask each other for support; to get to know one another; to share experience, strength, and hope; and to "hear" the Higher Power through one another’s voices.
Fellowship Drop-In is a place for specific support not only on the recovery and Step work we’re doing to maintain our solvency during the conference but also on specific DA and BDA recovery topics, members helping members in a spiritual framework.
Fellowship Drop-In is guided by a current steering committee member and is tightly moderated to ensure that discussions are group discussions and that time is shared equally by all participants.
The format for Fellowship Drop-In alternates every other week:
On the Wednesdays before the workshops in which we hear speakers and share on DA's Steps and Traditions, we have an open agenda — Our drop-in facilitator, usually the conference leader, with occasional substitution by a fellow steering committee member, will ask for up to three topics at the beginning of the drop-in. The available share time will be established by the facilitator based on number of topics and number of participants. Before sharing on EACH topic, we will take a 2-minute meditation together. The sharing will begin with the person who offered the topic, then the facilitator will share as the leader of the drop-in, then we will participate in a round-robin, in which everyone present gets to share their experience, strength, and hope on the topic we're discussing. Each topic will end with a second share from the person who introduced the topic, who we will ask: "Was our sharing on your topic helpful?" and "Would you like to reflect on anything you heard from us?" (The facilitator usually serves as timekeeper for drop-in.)
NOTE: Throughout Fellowship Drop-In, the drop-in facilitator will call on people — by raised hands, alphabetically, or randomly. This — Fellowship Drop-In — is not a time to sit in silence. The whole point is to break out of isolation, loneliness, and secrecy, and to get our questions about DA and BDA solvency and recovery from compulsive debting, both personally and in business, out of our heads and into discussion with our fellows. The drop-in facilitator will keep things moving quickly.
On the Wednesdays before the workshops in which we hear speakers and share on the relevant DA tool, BDA tool, and promise, we study that week's BDA tool together — Our drop-in facilitator, usually the conference leader, with occasional substitution by a fellow steering committee member, asks for someone to read the long form of the relevant BDA tool from the BDA tools pamphlet. We then take a 3-minute meditation together. Next the available share time will be established by the facilitator based on number of participants, never more than five minutes per person. We then participate in a round-robin, where everyone present gets to share their experience, strength, and hope on the BDA tool we're discussing. If there is remaining time after our study of the BDA tool, we will usually participate in brief gratitude shares. (The facilitator usually serves as timekeeper for drop-in.)