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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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Faith Fight – Fountain Hills, Arizona

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“Faith Fight”—that’s what the local news is calling it. Eight churches in Fountain Hills, Arizona, led by Rev. Bill Good, pastor of Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), have posted banners announcing a sermon series called “‘Progressive’ Christianity: Fact or Fiction.” Their basic intent is to attack progressive Christianity as not being Christian.

Sadly, the primary target of their attack is their neighbor, The Fountains United Methodist Church and its pastor, the Rev. […]

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Dont-Label-Me

This past Sunday I spoke about perserving our history while remaining true to the present, and trying to look forward to see what might be around the corner. I used the word “conservative” to describe the work of historians. Then, at this week’s Wednesday morning Lectio Divina Bible study, the issue of labels came up. One person mentioned “conservative” and “liberal” perspectives in relation to an issue we were discussing. Another responded something to the […]

Hate and Violence in Tempe, Arizona

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I seem to be hearing of more reports of hateful and violent behavior by certain ultra conservative Christian groups on and around the ASU campus, let alone Tempe. A local “pastor” (I use that term loosely) called for the execution of all homosexuals, among other dangerous statements he has made. There have been incidents in which our friends in the Muslim community have been harassed outside their Mosque on Friday nights as they enter […]

Lenten Journal – Day 19

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I found this quote today in my email inbox:

A [person] will be imprisoned in a room with a door that’s unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to [that person] to pull rather than push. -Ludwig Wittgenstein

I had to look up Ludwig Wittgenstein. He was an early 20th century Austrian-British philosopher. He suffered severe personal depression after World War I, giving away all his money to his brothers […]

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

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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

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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

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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 […]