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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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Sanctuary Movement: You can make a difference! #sanctuary2014 #not1more #LetLuisStay

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This week I wrote a letter to President Obama and to Secretary of Homeland Security, the Honorable Jeh Johnson, asking them to offer administrative relief for Luis and others who have committed no crimes, have been a part of our communities for years, but are under threat of deportation (you can read it here). Yesterday the Rev. Gradye Parsons, stated clerk of my denomination’s General Assembly, also wrote a letter to [...]

Why Sanctuary? #sanctuary2014 #not1more #LetLuisStay

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I’m often told my blog posts are too long. Well, I’m afraid this one is no exception. Part of the problem may be I just don’t blog often enough. It’s hard for me to just “go for the soundbite,” as I’m wondering if that’s part of the problem in our public civil discourses. We are so interested in the soundbites (giving and hearing) that we are unable to go deeper into the [...]

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 [...]