|By Carol Edwards
I came to Abingdon from Santa Barbara, California, because I wanted to be part of a community, to live in a small town, to be in a place of physical beauty. What I saw was a town of many beautiful old buildings, a wonderful place to walk called the Virginia Creeper Trail, plus a view of mountains that displays new glories for Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. I also discovered a rich culture of music, poetry, theater, and a fine "College for Older Adults" that provides classes of all kinds, field trips to interesting and historic places, and several series of weekly "art" movies.
Of course California has all the above, so what really brought me to Abingdon? It was because of ElderSpirit Community. In June, 2003, I came to the Seminar/Retreat sponsored by the community. The experience convinced me that this community was for me. I would be part of group that worked by consensus, that believed in voluntary simplicity and was concerned with environmental issues. I was especially pleased with the accent on spirituality, with openness to all faith traditions. We have Quakers, Buddhists, Catholics, Methodists, and followers of Tibetan traditions. I believe we can learn from and encourage one another.
Finally, the group of women and men who have gathered, who plan to buy or rent in ElderSpirit Community, are the people with whom I am looking forward to spending the rest of my days.