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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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Finally Closed on our House

Well, we finally closed on our house yesterday. We got our keys this morning! The house is ours! Finally!

Now, all we have left to do is paint, get the carpets cleaned, replace all the locks, clean the whole place, fix a couple of sprinkler heads, replace the kitchen faucet, and, oh yeah, MOVE IN!

"The Time is Fulfilled"

This is the text of a sermon I preached January 25, 2009, the Sunday following the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. After I preached there was a very positive and moving response, including several requests for copies of it. So, here it is. I hope it is helpful and encouraging.

Jonah 3.1-5, 10Mark 1.14-20

Regardless of one’s politics, regardless of whom one voted for, we all […]

A Step in the Right Direction

A momentous thing happened yesterday. Significantly breaking from the foreign policy of the last eight years, President Obama signed an executive order calling for the closing of the prison at Gitmo, the secret CIA prisons peppered around the world, and calling for an end to torturous interrogation tactics used for the past several years under the guise of “protecting freedom,” all within the next year! For many, this […]

The Inauguration of the 44th President of the United States

Wow, what a day! Watching Barack Obama take the oath of office as the 44th President of the United States was breathtaking. I have to admit, any time a new president takes office there is an air of excitement (that is, when there haven’t been law suits and hanging chads and other such clouds of gloom hanging over the grand event). It is an exciting time for our country as […]


I am reading Mark Yaconelli’s latest book, Downtime: Helping Teenagers Pray. As I read it I am struck at how appropriate the concept of “downtime” is to not just kids, but adults. When Mark writes about downtime, it’s not about vegging in front of the TV or blowing brain cells on video games. He’s writing about time taken to be intentionally silent, listening to the rhythms […]

Thinking Theologically

It’s fitting at the start of a new year to start a new blog, don’t you think? I hope to offer here, for others’ amusement, reflection, and (hopefully) encouragement insights, noticings, and, of course, my favorite: questions about faith, issues and the world.

Lately, I’ve been reflecting a lot on what it means to “think theologically”, or to be a “theologically minded person.” A classic book that looks at the fundamentals of thinking theologically is