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Old 02-16-2015, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Mammoth Lakes, CA
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My husband and I are two years away from retirement. We are both natives on southern California, but have spent a great deal of time in the north Georgia mountains in the past 20 years. We love Blue Ridge, Dahlonega and Ellijay. We have rented cabins in the these areas and because we're both teachers, we have been able to spend 2 months every summer to get to know the culture and the area. We've also spent significant times in the in winter in the mountains. Climate is not an issue, it suits us.

Though we have always loved Georgia and the people, I admit we are wary of culture shock if and when we actually buy a retirement home. But I want to stress: we are NOT interested in changing anyone or anything, we are not anti-gun, anti-Southern culture or wanting to bring a bunch of liberal political ideas into a new community. We don't host gay parties, listen to Rap music or have posters of Obama on our walls. We respect the traditions of the south and in no way have some kind of "progressive" mindset. We just want to live and let live, be friendly to all and be accepting of our neighbors.

The one possible fly in the ointment is that we are not religious and we've often heard that locals may be trying to get us to go to church. Is this a myth or does this really happen? So often I hear that within days of moving into a home, neighbors will come around and their first or second question will be, "what church do you attend?" In California, this would be unheard of, nobody would ask such an intrusive question and nobody would care.

IOW, I want to retire to the north Georgia mountains but I do not want to be asked about my religious views or have that be an issue. To me, the subject of religion is very private and nobody's business whether I am a Holy Roller or an atheist, or something in between. Perhaps the info I've received is erroneous. Any thoughts from locals would be appreciated.
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Old 02-16-2015, 09:47 AM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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You will get "Invites" to visit there Church or Invites to activities at their (Or other) churches in the area.

If you are in the cabin communities, You are with alot more Transplants, Weekenders from Atlanta Metro area. Honestly I don't think you will get many what church do you go to questions.

As for the "Invites" thank them for the offer politely and move on to another topic.
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Old 02-16-2015, 01:18 PM
 
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Flyonpa is right and gave some great advice. Just treat it like a friendly invite and you'll be just fine. I think what you will find is that it is an even mix of church goers and non - church goers ( at least that has been my experience ).
If you are asked what church you are attending don't be offended ( I think it's a southern thing ) , just simply say something along the lines of we're still moving in and getting adjusted to things here and let it go at that .

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Old 02-16-2015, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Mammoth Lakes, CA
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Thanks for your replies, I appreciate it.
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Old 02-16-2015, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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My husband and I are two years away from retirement. We are both natives on southern California, but have spent a great deal of time in the north Georgia mountains in the past 20 years. We love Blue Ridge, Dahlonega and Ellijay. We have rented cabins in the these areas and because we're both teachers, we have been able to spend 2 months every summer to get to know the culture and the area. We've also spent significant times in the in winter in the mountains. Climate is not an issue, it suits us.

Though we have always loved Georgia and the people, I admit we are wary of culture shock if and when we actually buy a retirement home. But I want to stress: we are NOT interested in changing anyone or anything, we are not anti-gun, anti-Southern culture or wanting to bring a bunch of liberal political ideas into a new community. We don't host gay parties, listen to Rap music or have posters of Obama on our walls. We respect the traditions of the south and in no way have some kind of "progressive" mindset. We just want to live and let live, be friendly to all and be accepting of our neighbors.

The one possible fly in the ointment is that we are not religious and we've often heard that locals may be trying to get us to go to church. Is this a myth or does this really happen? So often I hear that within days of moving into a home, neighbors will come around and their first or second question will be, "what church do you attend?" In California, this would be unheard of, nobody would ask such an intrusive question and nobody would care.

IOW, I want to retire to the north Georgia mountains but I do not want to be asked about my religious views or have that be an issue. To me, the subject of religion is very private and nobody's business whether I am a Holy Roller or an atheist, or something in between. Perhaps the info I've received is erroneous. Any thoughts from locals would be appreciated.
You have spent 2 months out of every summer for the past 20 years living in North Georgia, getting to know the people and the culture, and still ask this question? As much as you've visited Georgia, seems like you'd have already experienced this by now ... if it were such an issue. But so what? Who cares? Why are you so afraid of the *possibility* that somebody, someday might dare to inquire about your faith life?! That's absolutely ridiculous.

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Old 02-16-2015, 02:34 PM
 
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Depends on where you live. Usually the bigger cities and college towns are more open minded in regards to religious affiliation or lack thereof
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Old 02-16-2015, 06:07 PM
 
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For the most part Atlanta is secular relatively speaking for the south. Alot of people "belong to a church" and donate money and go occasionally. A lot of people don't go, too. Joining a small group or a Church would help ease in your assimilation into the city, more so if you didn't.
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Old 02-16-2015, 08:03 PM
 
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I think the more transplant retirement communities of North Georgia should be OK.. Now if you were going to some small town in South Georgia you might have more problems.
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Old 02-16-2015, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Canada
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My husband and I are two years away from retirement. We are both natives on southern California, but have spent a great deal of time in the north Georgia mountains in the past 20 years. We love Blue Ridge, Dahlonega and Ellijay. We have rented cabins in the these areas and because we're both teachers, we have been able to spend 2 months every summer to get to know the culture and the area. We've also spent significant times in the in winter in the mountains. Climate is not an issue, it suits us.

Though we have always loved Georgia and the people, I admit we are wary of culture shock if and when we actually buy a retirement home. But I want to stress: we are NOT interested in changing anyone or anything, we are not anti-gun, anti-Southern culture or wanting to bring a bunch of liberal political ideas into a new community. We don't host gay parties, listen to Rap music or have posters of Obama on our walls. We respect the traditions of the south and in no way have some kind of "progressive" mindset. We just want to live and let live, be friendly to all and be accepting of our neighbors.

The one possible fly in the ointment is that we are not religious and we've often heard that locals may be trying to get us to go to church. Is this a myth or does this really happen? So often I hear that within days of moving into a home, neighbors will come around and their first or second question will be, "what church do you attend?" In California, this would be unheard of, nobody would ask such an intrusive question and nobody would care.

IOW, I want to retire to the north Georgia mountains but I do not want to be asked about my religious views or have that be an issue. To me, the subject of religion is very private and nobody's business whether I am a Holy Roller or an atheist, or something in between. Perhaps the info I've received is erroneous. Any thoughts from locals would be appreciated.

I read your OP and just couldn't grasp why you would even need to ask such a question...your instincts about "It's nobodies business" is correct...it's up to You whether or not you wish to attend church/any church...Also..Is it something you feel you must do because of social pressures..or personal?? because sometimes you can get swept into some church community that really isn't your wish....

Step back..do some research..do some church visitation..ask around..long before you decide IF and When you affiliate yourselves with any church...Good luck
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Old 02-17-2015, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Ono Island, Orange Beach, AL
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I've owned a home in Blue Ridge for 10 years and have never been asked about attending church.
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