A lot of Quaker meetinghouses are pretty old, and mostly we love them. We enjoy the sense of history and connectedness to the past, and many meetings spend a great deal of time and effort preserving their buildings and keeping them as “authentic” as possible.
Quakers also don’t like to spend money – many meetinghouses were built when they had a lot more members, and when there were many fewer demands on our funds. Some Quakers also think that it’s “unspiritual” to spend money on buildings, when there are so many important causes and ministries out there asking for help.
So, we tend not to spend money on updating our buildings. “It was good enough 50 or 100 years ago, it’s good enough now.”
This means that many Quaker meetinghouses aren’t well adapted for full use by people with various abilities. They have too many…
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