What is a Testimony?
A Quaker testimony is an action arising out a belief in something. They are core values that are often used to represent Quakers as a body.
Living beliefs into Action
As a Quaker involved in managing old listed buildings (which are usually tricky to make accessible for everyone), I’m aware of the tension between ideals and possibilities. When the Disability Act of 2010 was coming into force, there was great relief shown that we only had to make ‘reasonable adjustments’.
My relief was then challenged when I had to tell an enquirer that they couldn’t get into this meeting house in a wheelchair and had to recommended another which was accessible. Or when a long standing Friend stopped attending when they too had mobility needs that made our old building on many levels, impossible for them to use.
In this year’s Swarthmore Lecture, Esther Loukin’s lecture was a challenge for us all to not ignore requests, to think creatively to find ways to adapt our buildings, along with a reminder that the best access is where everyone uses it out of convenience.
If you manage a building or property;
- Have you focused on legally required ‘reasonable adjustments’?
- Have you listened to the promptings of love and truth in your hearts?
- Have you looked at your buildings and grounds in light of an adapted A&Q 18,