PYM AS 2015 – Keynote Address

“Unless God Builds the House”—Lloyd Lee Wilson
July 14, 2015

The session began at 9:50 am with worship.

Clerk Steve Smith (Claremont) welcomed all and read the letter of traveling ministry from North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Conservative) for Lloyd Lee Wilson of Friendship Meeting of North Carolina Yearly Meeting Conservative.

Reading Clerk Diego Navarro (Santa Cruz) read the epistle from New England Yearly Meeting. The following visitor introduced herself and was welcomed: Delaney Miller (Ben Lomond Quaker Center).

Elena Anderson-Williams (Palo Alto) introduced Lloyd Lee Wilson whose writings she found most insightful and beneficial.

Lloyd Lee Wilson rose to deliver his keynote talk and to offer his ministry based on Psalm 127 (“Unless God builds the house, we labor in vain: except God keep the city, the watchman wakes but in vain.”)

He updated his status as a recorded minister which, while true at the time that the traveling minute, was dropped without prejudice recently when he moved from sojourning member to full member at Friendship Meeting. As in the early life of the church, Friends continue to send out in ministry two by two and during this time Elaine Emily (Strawberry Creek) joins Lloyd Lee Wilson as an elder in this ministry.

Lloyd was led to emphasize the need for ongoing discernment, since the movement of the Holy Spirit is not one way, from leading to action, but back and forth. His stories and examples built us up. The ministry was well received.

Speaker’s Background: Lloyd Lee Wilson is a deeply-grounded author on Quaker spirituality. His many writings include Essays on the Quaker Vision of Gospel Order and a recent Pendle Hill Pamphlet, Radical Hospitality (#427). Wilson has written eloquently of the need to center our Quaker activism in the gestalt of Quaker practice, knit together in a faithful Quaker community by the redeeming spiritual power of loving-kindness. He writes that when that spiritual grounding is absent, “In our hasty desire for the fruit of right social order, we have neglected the Root from which all good fruit springs.”