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Eric O. Ledermann

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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 Gift of Judgment

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Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of the Lenten season of penitence and reflection. I’ve been doing some reading on “forgiveness” in preparation for a Lenten series to coincide with an adult education class being offered at my church. One of the things I re-discovered is the idea of judgment.

Judgment often gets a bad wrap as being a negative thing: “Don’t judge me!” But “judgment” is really only about “naming” something. To […]

Where Do We Go From Here?

Note: I am taking some risks here, so I ask for your patience and compassion as I continue to sort out in my own mind, albeit publicly, these thoughts on race, racism, and my faith. At the same time, I invite your comments, ponderments, and wonderments. I have written about issues of race several times before on this blog (you can see them here.. During this Advent season, I am wrestling a lot […]

The Sin of “Expectations”

Title Great Expectations (1946) copy

Last week I was talking with my friend, the Rev. Wendy Komori-Stager, and she told me about a sermon series she did on the “seven deadly sins.” But instead of lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride, she preached on the sins of the fear of scarcity, perfectionism, busyness and the pride in productivity, comparison and self-doubt, and powerlessness.

In my mind these lists of sins have more to do with how we live […]

The Ego and God

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This book! It’s calling me out onto the mat and is kicking my…you know what. The theological connections to my Christian faith are disturbing. Brené Brown, in her most recent book on vulnerability, Rising Strong (2015), writes about the power of our egos to “protect” us, but often keep us from dealing with our real hurts.

Brown describes our egos as “that part of us that cares about our status and what people think, […]

The Rumbling in My Soul

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Brené Brown does research. In fact, she is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work, focusing her energies on vulnerability and shame. In 2010 she gave a TEDx Talk sharing some of her findings. The title of her talk was: “The Power of Vulnerability.” There is power in vulnerability? This is not something we hear in our culture. The talk went viral and it continues to […]

Eucharist and Globalized Food Systems

Jennifer Ayres, Good Food

Jennifer R. Ayres, and her book Good Food: Grounded Practical Theology

I’m reading a really great book called Good Food: Grounded Practical Theology by Jennifer R. Ayres (I love that…”grounded” practical theology…get it? “Grounded”…talking about food!). Ayers is Assistant Professor of Religious Education at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. So far the book is about the ethics of food practices through the lens of Eucharistic Christian theology. In the introduction she makes […]

Oracles to the People

Marc Chagall, “The Prophet Jeremiah,” 1968, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Chagall (accessed October 20, 2015).

I’m taking a class at McCormick Theological Seminary about the prophets of the Hebrew scriptures. We’re focusing primarily on the book of Jeremiah. It’s been a fascinating look at the books of the bible that have for a long time called to me and that I have for a long time avoided because so often I feel like I don’t understand them. […]

The Dying Daughter of Zion: Giving Birth to the New

Mary and the Child Jesus are portrayed in the icon "Mother of Fairest Love" by Father William Hart McNichols (2010). (CNS photo/St. Andrei Rublev Icons)

[Author’s note: This post is a bit more “stream of consciousness.” I wrote it reflecting on Walter Brueggemann’s book, Reality, Grief, Hope: Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks, which I’m reading for a class as part of my Doctor of Ministry studies at McCormick Theological Seminary. So, as you read, be kind in your thoughts. This is a vulnerable piece for me, but I wanted to offer it as is.]

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