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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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The Blame Game

Blame-Game

There is a game that is as old as humanity, maybe older. It’s called: “The Blame Game.” It goes in and out of popularity, but seems to come back as anxiety increases (whether or not it is factually justified). Leaders often respond to The Blame Game either by joining in and trying to thrust as much blame on other leaders as possible, or by trying to justify or defend their positions against the onslaught of […]

When is this going to stop!? #BlackLivesMatter

Mr. Alton Sterling. Source: fusion.net.

Mr. Alton Sterling. Source: fusion.net.

Two white officers, neither on the police force in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for more than 4 years, confronted, tackled, and then shot a black man outside a convenience store. Two cell phone videos have surfaced. The most graphic was taken by the store owner showing both police officers on top of Mr. Alton Sterling pinning his arms to the ground. One shouts, “He’s got a gun!” The officer with his […]

The Prophetic Voice of the Church at #PCUSA #GA222

222nd General Assembly of the PC(USA)

Some would suggest that these kinds of national gatherings are long, boring, and cumbersome. But if we look closely, we see a spirit of connectional faith throughout the week. People gather. People re-connect. People talk, share, and listen. Somehow amidst the Robert’s Rules-o-rama, the discussions and debates—as well as the copious amounts of coffee—God’s Spirit speaks, moves, and nudges. Somehow, amidst the cacophony of divergent voices, a prophetic voice is heard.

To be prophetic is to serve […]

Why attend #GA222?

Children play in the baptismal font after opening worship, a reminder for us to not be afraid to play in the presence of God's Holy Spirit. (Photo: Eric O. Ledermann)

Since 2002 I have been attending General Assemblies. Kathy Runyeon taught my polity class at SFTS. I caught the bug and became a G.A. Junkie. In my first call after graduating in 2001 worked for a year and a half to include attending G.A. in my Terms of Call. Since then it has been a non-negotiable. In fact, one congregation rescinded their call when negotiations broke down due […]

PMA Announces Balanced Budget at #GA222…And?

Tony De La Rosa, Interim Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, reports to the General Assembly. (Photo: Eric O. Ledermann)

On Sunday, Tony De La Rosa, Interim Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, reported to the 222nd General Assembly of the PC(USA) that the PMA is, for the first time in years, balancing its budget without using reserve funds. He announced to commissioners that agency is working hard to revenue trends within the denomination, rather than at “fundraising efforts.” With the denomination continuing to lose members, both through natural attrition (a nice […]

Attention Coffee Drinkers at #GA222 – Visit Café Justo

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If you love coffee (or you know someone who does), you must stop by booth #553 in the Exhibit Hall and learn the story of Café Justo (Just Coffee). In 2002 this coffee cooperative was birthed by a partnership that included the Presbyterian Border Ministry of Frontera de Cristo and Lily of the Valley Church in Agua Prieta, Sonora, in response to immigration, of all things.

I serve a […]

Divest to Re-invest at #GA222

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Yesterday a letter was presented at a press conference in support of an overture from the Presbytery of San Francisco calling the entities of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to divest from fossil fuel companies. The letter was written by Rick Ufford-Chase, moderator of the 216th General Assembly (2004) and signed by nine former moderators, including the Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow and the Rev. Dr. Susan Andrews who spoke at the press […]

#GA222 Nominations for the Stated Clerk of the #PCUSA

The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson addresses the Covenant Network at the 222nd General Assembly (2016). (Photo: Eric O. Ledermann)

Through an extensive nomination process, today the Stated Clerk Nominating Committee officially placed into nomination for Stated Clerk of the General Assembly the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, current director of the PC(USA) Office of Public Witness in Washington, D.C. The current Stated Clerk, the venerable Rev. Gradye Parsons, sat in his position from which he will stand for the last time this week.

Stated Clerk nominee Rev. David Baker […]