Southern California may have been where Carolyn was born and raised, however her adulthood was spent moving often! In, out and back again to Southern California with her “vagabond” husband (“who could find employment anywhere”), she later had stops in Kansas City before arriving in the Phoenix/Tempe area.
Carolyn spent her years in the Valley working at ASU and MCDOT before making the journey north to Prescott 10 years ago.
During these years, she may have changed communities, but her bike was a constant companion. She clocked 6000 miles over 20 years! Carolyn has special memories of doing the California coastline by bike, and a wonderful 3 weeks in England touring entirely by bike. A love of long distance cycling has now been replaced with Qigong and other exercise, but the satisfying memories are apparent in her smile!
Raised around strict traditional ministry, by her early teens she found she was walking away as it didn’t seem right for her. Her openness to people of all races and creeds left her without a “fit” to meet her spiritual goals for years. Once in Prescott, she visited many different churches. Only at UNITY did she feel such comprehensive, inclusive, love right from the start. This created a 2nd visit, then a 3rd and now a forever spiritual home for Carolyn.
“As an adult you have to join in if you are going to meet new people and make friends” she says, and so she did.
With her now 19 moves in 33 years, she felt a perfect place to begin was to organize Rummage Sales as a fundraiser and did so for a few years. She started a Singles Group, has served as an Usher/Greeter, office assistance, and go to person for various special events and workshops. She currently focuses her time on the Green Team, where her lifelong concern for helping with environmental issues, protecting Mother Earth, educating others to care for our planet and recycle, can best be expressed. “Prescott is lucky to have such an active commitment from our Unity community,” she states. This is likely in reference to the Acker Park adoption and clean up, as well as the ongoing ADOT highway cleanup efforts provided by Unity and the Green Team.
Carolyn is a frequent assistant in Fellowship. Where once she had a permanent Sunday spot, she is now delighted to help others where she can.
Look closely, and yes, that will be Carolyn quietly helping with signups or workshop luncheons! Be sure to say hello!
Written by: Bev Majerus
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