Origin of AA’s Statement of Responsibility?
What is the origin of AA's Statement of Responsibility?
Also known as "The Responsibility Pledge of Alcoholics Anonymous," the Responsibility Declaration was first introduced in July 1965 at the 30th Anniversary International Convention in Toronto, Canada.
It was written by Al S., an editor of The AA Grapevine magazine. The theme of the convention was "Responsibility." The recitation of this pledge was part keynote presentation during the conventions "big meeting."
The Statement of Responsibility says:
I am responsible. When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of AA always to be there. And for that: I am responsible.
There have been two Advisory Actions from the General Service Conference regarding the Declaration of Responsibility since it was introduced. In 1971, the Conference recommended that:
The Literature Committee, following the general feeling of the Conference, reaffirm both the spirit and the wording of the "I am Responsible" Declaration from the International Convention held in Toronto in 1965.
And in 1977, the Conference recommended that:
The Responsibility Declaration not be changed, as it was made at the 1965 International Convention in Toronto.