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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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Jesus the Radical Lover #Ferguson

This is a piece I wrote for our church’s weekly email announcements, which went out yesterday.

It is difficult to know what to say or do in the face of such tragedies as the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the communal cries from decades-old tensions in the aftermath. It is difficult to maintain composer or any sense of the peace of Christ in the face of the attempt by terrorists to ransom [...]

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Protests in Ferguson, MO

I am saddened and deeply troubled by what happened and is happening in Ferguson, MO, to the point I really don’t know what to say. I’ve been reading the news, listening to the reports, and watching the blogosphere while trying to wrap my head around what happened and is happening (a few blog posts I found helpful, encouraging, and even challenging can be found here, here, and here). One [...]

Some of the Hardest Things

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It’s funny when I get to talk about church stuff, especially being Presbyterian, and at times I get pretty impassioned about it, and people respond, “Wow, you really like being Presbyterian!” Other folks have also heard my rants and raves about church stuff and some of my frustrations with being Presbyterian, yet I somehow still love it.

Truth be told, I have a real love-hate relationship with this thing called church and this thing [...]

Confessional, Constitutional, Connectional – Three “C’s” of Presbyterianism

Today I’m looking forward to a meeting with some friends and colleagues to plan a Halloween dance for the high school youth in our presbytery. It seems in the past few decades my denomination, the Presbyterian Church (USA), has forgotten the basis for our way of being church, the three “C’s”: Confessional (we confess our faith and lift up the examples given to us throughout the history of the Christian church), Constitutional (we are [...]

A Subversive Gospel #ga221 #pcusa

At this morning’s ecumenical worship at the 221st General Assembly of the PC(USA) the sermon was presented by the Rt. Rev. Mark Adams, National Indigenous Anglican Bishop in the Anglican Church of Canada and recently elected president of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in North America. He preached from John 1.1-14.

Rev. MacDonald shared that the first fourteen verses of John turn up-side-down the powers of the [...]

The God of Plentitude, Not Scarcity #ga221 #pcusa

If there is one thing about the General Assembly of the PC(USA), a denomination I love dearly and am committed to though often frustrated by, it reminds me that we are a big Church who follows and partners with a very big God.

Yesterday I attended a lunch for the Israel/Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) where Rabbi Brant Rosen spoke, co-president of Jewish Voice [...]