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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.

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                   Eric Ledermann

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Religious Diversity Survey Results

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Thank you to all at University Presbyterian Church in Tempe, AZ who participated in the survey sent out in February for one of my Doctor of Ministry classes at McCormick Theological Seminary. The class title was “The Church in the World Today,” and focused primarily on the shape of global Christianity and how it has and is changing.

As with any survey, and even though some people thought the survey was too long, this [...]

AZ Gov. Brewer Vetoes SB1062 – Now What?

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PHOENIX, AZ – Arizona Governor Janice K. Brewer has just vetoed a controversial bill (S.B. 1062) passed by both houses of the state legislature along partisan lines that claimed to promote religious freedom, but actually allowed businesses and individuals to discriminate against anyone if serving that person violated the religious beliefs of the owner or individual. Her reason for the veto: business interests. She was not concerned with the freedom, liberty, or protection [...]

Faith = Risk-taking

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My inner pride over the congregation I serve (99% white) taking on questions around race, racism and Christian faith is beginning to bubble over. Our guest for the first of four weeks in our annual Mission Month was the Rev. Dr. Joseph D. Small, former director of the Office of Theology and Worship for my denomination, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He caused my breast to be filled the air of pride by encouraging [...]

Race – Social Construct of Power, Privilege and Prejudice

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As I write I am in Chicago at McCormick Theological Seminary for my fourth class on a long journey toward earning a Doctor of Ministry. The title of the class: “Culturally Attentive Ministry.” As we consider such questions as, “What presumptions and predispositions about other cultures and races have influenced your practice of ministry?”, I can’t help but get more excited and more anxious about my congregation’s Mission Month this [...]

Happy New Year!

Colourful 2014 in fiery sparklers

“To the American People: Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. If we think on these things, there will be born in us a Savior and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world.”

- Calvin Coolidge

Happy new year! What a wonderful time [...]

The Upside Down World of God

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Both our Hebrew and Greek scriptures hold a vision of the kingdom of God where the rich and powerful are knocked down off their pedestals of arrogance and pride, and the poor and marginalized are lifted up out of the pits of despair, and all people are called to live in harmony and at least “relative” equity.

Our country’s own Declaration of Independence from British tyranny proclaims: “all men (sic.) are created equal.” Unfortunately, [...]