CoDA Service Conference ______

Motion Form

Committee: ________IMC_________ Date:___7/9/2009__

Motion Number: (data entry purpose only):___1____

Result (data entry purpose only):

Motion: To accept the new job description for the Issues Mediation Committee.


Intent: To better reflect the actual duties of the Issues Mediation Committee.








Remarks: see separate page.

Issues Mediation Committee

The Service Conference elects members of the Issues Mediation Committee (IMC) according to guidelines established by the Conference. Voting Entity Delegates and alternates are eligible to serve on the IMC. Issues Mediation also handles requests for CoDA to recognize Voting Entities. IMC will also track Voting Entitiy Issues from year to year to assure that issues are being resolved in a proper and timely manner at the Conference level.

IMC Mission: IMC facilitates dispute mediation for Voting Entities, Intergroups, and other CoDA entities as needed. Decisions at all levels of CoDA are made with the guidance of our Higher Power as expressed through the Twelve Traditions. Particularly useful are Tradition One: "Our common welfare should come first. Personal recovery depends upon CoDA Unity." and Tradition Two: "For our group purpose there is but one authority—a loving Higher Power as expressed to our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern." Thus as with all our recovery, group conscience is about putting aside the "self" and looking to Higher Power for guidance. We also have the 12 concepts of service to guide us in the mediation process. Please see sections 1 and 2 of the Fellowship Service Manual.

Procedures: Since CoDA operates as an inverted pyramid in its representation, IMC should be consulted after the issue has been put into a group conscience process starting at the individual meeting level, then intergroup and/or voting entity level. IMC can be a resource to aid others in this process.

Conflict within a committee: no change

Conflict with a Liason: no change

Conflict with a voting entity issue??