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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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Lenten Journal – Day 6

So, how is your Lenten practice or discipline going? I’m off to a rocky start already. I have committed myself to journaling more in hopes that it might allow me to gain some perspective on what God might doing around me and in me.

I’ve found it has not been easy to make space for this practice. It has reminded me how difficult it can be to be intentional in discerning God’s presence on […]

Lenten Journal – Day 5

Journaling

Somehow my posts from last week and yesterday got messed up, and two of them didn’t post and are now lost to the mystery of the internet. Apologies to those who were reading them. Not a good start to my Lenten discipline. I think the issue is cleared up, so here we go…

In today’s Daily Lectionary we read Hebrews 3.1-11. In verses 5-6 we are likened to a house, our bodies are dwelling places […]

Lenten Journal – Day 2

Journaling

Today’s daily lectionary reading includes Deuteronomy 7.12-16. At first blush it is a frightening expression of God’s vengeance. The term in v. 16, unfortunately translated in the NRSV as “ordinances” and in other versions “laws,” is actually a legal term for “judgments.” The people are called to pay attention or heed God’s judgments, presumably against themselves as well as others given the context.

As with any scripture text, it must be read in […]

Lenten Journal – Day 1

Journaling

It was amazing last weekend to hear from four young women serving in the PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer program as part of our 22nd Annual Mission Month at church! Their energy, experience, and learned wisdom was inspiring. This month’s theme around “service” has me thinking deeply about what it really means to be a Christian—a follower of Jesus.

In a blog post I read today someone wrote that being a […]

Prayer: An Act of Leaning In

LeaningIntoWind

At UKIRK Presbyterian Campus Ministry on the Tempe campus of ASU we have begun talking about practices of Christian faith. Last night we talked about different kinds of praying: from the Lord’s Prayer to silence and meditation to even running as prayer. We talked about the five different kinds of prayer often touted by Sunday School teachers and confirmation leaders: praise or adoration, repentance, petition, thanksgiving and intercession (we had trouble remembering them […]

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

religion-and-politics

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 […]

Tables

table-food

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 […]