But it is a modern structure The vaulted ceilings in the Worship room include a hearing amplification system microphone. The wide window has a projection screen ready to scroll down out of its upper recesses. The building alarm system will dial out for help in the event of power loss or other troubles. There is an electric car charging station in our parking area and WiFi throughout. The 21st century touches still don't overwhelm the sense of place.
It is also a structure built and maintained in concert with the Quaker testimony of Stewardship.* Those are compact flourescent or LED bulbs in the downlights. Solar fixtures light the walkway. Our windows are cleaned with cornstarch and water. And, yes, that's a set of solar panels on our roof!
The three 175W solar panels are offsetting a significant portion of our electrical usage. If you rap sharply on the front of "Sunny Boy" (a red box on the wall of the social room closet) a display will light up and tell you about the present power production as well as the total kilowatt hours produced since installation. It calculates we've saved 5267 pounds of carbon so far!
We're modern time Quakers, still practicing Simplicity and Stewardship!
*Testimonies are not prescribed behaviors or rules, they are the kind of outward activities that individual Friends find consonant with their spiritual experiences. When many individual Friends, in various ways over the generations, live in consonance with such a theme, they recognize it as a Testimony.