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I would like to address the Concept for substantial unanimity (part of the Twelfth Concept of OA Service), which reads, “The spiritual foundation for OA service ensures that . . . (d) all important decisions shall be reached by discussion, vote and, whenever possible, by substantial unanimity; . . .” (The Twelve Concepts of OA Service, p. 13). It is a most spiritual idea, to be sure, that even the most timid, minor opinion is expressed and really listened to when we have a group conscience. It is quite a challenge to explain to newer members that substantial unanimity is not

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