The World Service Conference (WSC) of Debtors Anonymous is the annual meeting of all worldwide General Service Representatives (GSR’s), Intergroup Service Representatives (ISR’s), and General Service Board (GSB) Trustees committed to providing service to Debtors Anonymous at the World Service Conference committee level in order to best advance the good of the Fellowship of Debtors Anonymous.
Here you can find information about upcoming World Service Conferences, a description of World Service Conference committees and caucuses, and past WSC reports with minutes, motions, and recommendations.
37th Annual World Service Conference of Debtors Anonymous
Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott
August 2-6, 2023
Download the early announcement for planning purposes here
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Host the World Service Conference in your city!
The deadline for Intergroups to submit applications to host the WSC in 2025 is July 1, 2023.
WSC Host City Application Information
D.A. WORLD SERVICE CONFERENCES
World Service Conference Committees and Caucuses
Committee and Caucus Chairs: If you have D.A. world service-related information that you would like posted on this page or published in the DA Focus or the D.A. eNews, please email it to your GSB liaison.
Who can participate on a WSC Committee?
World Service Conference (WSC) committees are a formal extension of the Debtors Anonymous World Service Conference, the formal business meeting of the D.A. Fellowship. According to the Conference Charter, only registered delegates who attend the Conference have the right to vote at the Conference. Registered delegates (who attended the last WSC and served as members of a particular committee during the WSC) attend committee phone meetings throughout the remaining conference year as voting members of that committee.
On rare occasions, a committee may choose to invite a D.A. member who is not a member of the committee to serve as a valuable resource to the committee’s deliberations on an ad hoc basis because of his or her professional expertise or other special skills. For example, a committee might choose to invite a guest who has key information to help it with a project. Any such person would attend a meeting as a guest of the committee, without voting privileges, and should not participate in any other way as a committee member unless agreed to in advance by a vote of the committee. For example, a committee might vote to allow such person to attend a single meeting, but not others; or for only a portion of a meeting, etc. Any decision to invite a guest is made by a vote of the committee. The discussion and vote should be done before the potential guest is extended an invitation to join the committee and the potential guest should not be present for the committee’s discussion and vote about the guest’s presence.
Because the presence of guests may be distracting to some committee members or disruptive to a committee’s workflow, a committee should not invite a non-member to attend without advance notice and a unanimous vote to do so. If even one member objects, the committee, in the spirit of Unity, should respect and strongly consider this minority opinion in its deliberations.
D.A. members who wish to serve on a WSC committee are encouraged to do so through the normal process; become a GSR for your group or an ISR for your Intergroup. Since every group is autonomous and should be fully self-supporting through its own contributions, it is up to the group conscience to decide whether they will fully support their representative’s expenses to the WSC. John H. scholarship has supported many GSRs and ISRs to attend the WSC each year.
World Service Conference Committees
Business Debtors Anonymous (BDA) Committee
The BDA (Business Debtors Anonymous) Committee focuses on issues specific to the
needs of BDA meetings. BDA meetings are registered D.A. meetings that deal with topics of interest to D.A. members who own their own businesses, are otherwise self-employed, or desire to own their own businesses or be self-employed. The BDA Committee is open to all GSRs, not just those who represent BDA meetings. Current BDA issues revolve around the creation of BDA Literature and providing assistance to struggling BDA meetings. The 2007-08 BDA Committee is developing a book of BDA-related stories. To submit a story for the BDA book, please download and fill out the release form and email it with your story to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conference Committee (CC)
The Conference Committee is concerned with the general nature of the World Service Conference. This includes the Charter of the World Service Conference and its relationship to the General Service Board and membership of D.A. as a whole; issues related to the format of the annual World Service Conference of Debtors Anonymous; and aid to the WSC Host Committee in their planning and logistics. The Conference Committee also makes recommendations to the WSC for future conference sites.
Let the Conference Hear From You: Do you have an issue, concern, or question that you would like the next Conference to address? Please go to debtorsanonymous.org/inc to submit an Issues & Concerns.
Fellowship Communications Committee (FCC)
The Fellowship Communications Committee facilitates communication and promotes collaboration among the debtor who still suffers, the Debtors Anonymous membership, the World Service Conference Committees and Caucuses, the General Service Office, and the General Service Board, and oversees Sponsor-A-Group.
Hospitals, Institutions, and Prisons (HIP)
The Hospitals, Institutions and Prisons Committee is composed of GSRs, ISRs and Trustees who would like to focus service efforts on carrying the message of D.A. to debtors behind bars, in treatment centers, in hospitals and/or in other institutions.
Internal Operations Committee (IOC)
The primary responsibility of the Internal Operations Committee (IOC) is to support the General Service Office (GSO) of Debtors Anonymous. The committee focuses on the overall office operations of the General Service Office and interacts with the Board Office Liaison and the Office Manager to support the ongoing work of the GSO.
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International Committee (IC)
Created by action of the 2011 WSC, the International Committee’s mission is to exchange information and develop initiatives to support the growth of D.A. internationally.
Literature Committee (LIT)
D.A. Conference-approved literature begins with the Literature Committee.
Members participate in all levels of the literature creative process, including generating ideas for new D.A. literature, working closely with members of Literature Services, reviewing drafts of literature in process (given to them at the Conference by Literature Services), approving final drafts of D.A. literature, and bringing motions to approve draft of literature to Convocation to become Conference-Approved Literature.
Public Information Committee (PI)
The Public Information Committee interfaces with the media, helping professionals and the general public in person, on the telephone and through written information. The Public Information Committee has produced a Public Information Manual and created sample Public Service Announcements.
Resource Development Committee (RDC)
Revenue for D.A. is the focus of the Resource Development Committee, including:
- Increasing 7th Tradition contributions and clarifying the use of 7th Tradition funds
- Encouraging member participation in service at all levels
- Increasing awareness about the concept of self-support in D.A. at the level of group, Intergroup and World Service
The Technology Committee is composed of delegates who have experience with and/or interest in leveraging technology to grow D.A. The Tech Committee focuses on harnessing technology to improve access to D.A.’s resources, facilitate communication within D.A. and reach out to the debtor who still suffers. The committee advises the Conference and the GSB, as well as providing hands-on technical expertise where applicable.
World Service Conference Caucuses
The Intergroup Caucus is composed primarily of ISRs but also includes GSRs and Trustees who have experience with their local Intergroups. The main function of this caucus is to create tools, resources and a better understanding of the role of an Intergroup in the overall organizational structure of D.A. The Intergroup Caucus helps support both new and existing Intergroups. The Intergroup Caucus also contributes to the efforts to regionalize D.A.
Link to list of Intergroups
Spiritually Sustainable Earning Caucus
The Spiritually Sustainable Earning Caucus (SSEC) serves to support the D.A. Fellowship in gaining clarity around issues of earning in the D.A. program. Our vision is to broaden the Fellowship-wide understanding of how spiritually sustainable earning fits into D.A. recovery, encouraging a comprehensive and spiritual approach by working the Twelve Steps and using the Tools of Debtors Anonymous.
Underserved and Under-represented Outreach Caucus
The mission of the Underserved and Under-represented Outreach Caucus is to support the Fellowship in carrying the message of Debtors Anonymous to the debtor in underserved populations and locations. We coordinate with World Service Conference committees and caucuses by developing best practices for doing that work and sharing it with D.A. as a whole.
Underserved Outreach Recommendation
The General Service Board of Debtors Anonymous recommends the following as guidelines for Intergroups to reach out to the still-suffering debtor in underserved communities:
- Create a mailing list of community centers or places of worship that serve any of the following communities in your area:
- Undocumented or resident aliens
- Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender
- The disabled
- Mail a complimentary copy of the D.A. pamphlet “Debtors Anonymous.”
- Provide a cover letter with local contact information and identify D.A. members in recovery who are willing to respond to requests for more information.
(Adopted by the GSB, June 2008)
World Service Conference Reports
This is a summary of the motions and recommendations presented by the GSB, WSC committees, and WSC caucuses at the annual D.A. World Service Conferences, beginning with the 1997 Conference through 2022, organized by year and by committee.
Past WSC Conference Reports
The following documents contain the full Conference minutes, as well as the GSB reports, committee, and caucus reports as well as past motions and recommendations. (These documents do not contain the contact information of WSC participants.)
Visit the Issues and Concerns webpage.