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Thanks for stopping in. Pour yourself a cup o' jo, take a load off your feet, and check out what's here. You are looking at my ramblings about issues of faith, life and culture—they are my own and are not necessarily shared by those with whom I work, live or otherwise engage.

My journey has led my family and me across the country where I have been introduced to a lot of people and a lot of different ways of doing things. One passion, though, runs through all these experiences: building beloved and sustainable community. "Sustainable" community is kind of a strange notion, as communities (people) change constantly, and things are always in motion. So, the latest chapter of my life has led me to the notion of "impermanence"—not an idea that comes naturally in a culture that likes to build monuments to our greatness for future generations to view and admire. But, I'm trying to practice my awareness of impermanence—the idea that nothing is permanent, nothing is forever, and things are always in flux.

Feel free to share your comments and engage in any conversation that may be happening here, but just know that I do reserve the right to delete any spam or anything I deem inappropriate or offensive. I look forward to dialoguing with anyone who cares to dialogue!

Peace and blessings,
                   Eric Ledermann

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Tempe, AZ Faith Leaders Respond to Call By Steven Anderson for Execution of Homosexuals

Steven Anderson, pastor of Faithful Word Baptist Church (a "very independent" Baptist church) preaches the execution of all homosexuals to cure AIDS/HIV by Christmas.

Steven Anderson, pastor of Faithful Word Baptist Church (a “very independent” Baptist church) preaches the execution of all homosexuals to cure AIDS/HIV by Christmas.

Steven Anderson, pastor at Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, has made national news with a recently preached a sermon in which he called for the execution of all homosexuals by Christmas in order to cure AIDS/HIV (news articles can be found here and here, […]

On Sanctuary, Social Justice and Advent


Over the years I have been told many times that the Church should not engage in politics. However, having read scripture and come to understand our Presbyterian tradition more deeply, I have a hard time understanding how the Church cannot be involved in politics. To be involved in “politics” (from the Greek word polis, which means “city”) is to be involved in the shaping and reshaping of the social structures—formal and informal—that govern how we […]



I have been thinking a lot about tables and what happens around them in various settings. This past week I wrote in my congregation’s weekly email:

The table. Think about the tables you gather around in your life: the kitchen table at your home (or, if you’re like my family, more often we gather around the coffee table in the family room), conference tables for meetings, your desk at work, tables at coffee shops and […]

The Examen – Children’s Sabbath

St. Ignatius is known for his practice of regularly reflecting on God’s presence in the daily humdrums. He taught his students a series of regular “examens,” as they were called. He wrote out a whole program for a 30 or so day examen. For two years we’ve been practicing a modified form of examen with session. at the end of our meeting we take time to ask ourselves and one another: Where or how did […]

Education – A gift to the Community?


I don’t know if I heard it from someone, or made it up myself, but I have often thought of education as a process of discerning our gifts to the community. In fact the degrees that we earn are themselves a gift to the community, and attempts to make the community better by discerning our own values and purposes within the context of that system.

But how the education system has turned inward, just a […]

Sanctuary Movement: You can make a difference! #sanctuary2014 #not1more #LetLuisStay


This week I wrote a letter to President Obama and to Secretary of Homeland Security, the Honorable Jeh Johnson, asking them to offer administrative relief for Luis and others who have committed no crimes, have been a part of our communities for years, but are under threat of deportation (you can read it here). Yesterday the Rev. Gradye Parsons, stated clerk of my denomination’s General Assembly, also wrote a letter to […]