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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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The Promise of Peace

December 23, 2012 – Fourth Sunday of Advent University Presbyterian Church of Tempe, Arizona Scripture: Micah 5.2-5a and Luke 1.39-55 The text for this sermon is also available in PDF by clicking here. © 2012 by The Rev. Eric O. Ledermann. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

While much of Western Christian tradition places heaven and earth far apart, as much as between us […]

A Good Word – A Collection of Sermons in Response to the Sandy Hook Massacre

I highly recommend this collection of some of the sermons that were preached Dec. 16th in the aftermath of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut—assembled by my friend Landon and made available as a free PDF download at his blog site:

http://landonwhitsitt.com/2012/12/22/free-ebook-a-good-word-sermons-prayers-and-liturgies-in-response-to-the-shooting-at-sandy-hook-elementary/

He has graciously included my sermon and many others by friends and other great preachers. These are laments of anguish, words of hope, and prophetic truths. I commend […]

The Promise of Joy: A Response to the Massacre in Connecticut

President Obama pauses while addressing the nation from the White House briefing room the afternoon of the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. (Dec. 14, 2012)

Below is the sermon I preached on December 16, 2012 at University Presbyterian Church, the third Sunday in Advent, in response to the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The audio version is available on my […]

The Promise of Joy: A Response to the Massacre in Connecticut

December 16, 2012 – Third Sunday of Advent University Presbyterian Church of Tempe, Arizona Scripture: Philippians 4.4-7 and Luke 3.7-18 Text of sermon available at my blog. © 2012 by The Rev. Eric O. Ledermann. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

But I don’t wanna wait!

It’s interesting that we celebrate two different seasons as one: Advent and Christmas. Every year the same discussions are had in congregations all over the country, usually between the pastor and the folks who are in charge of music, whether a music director, choir, or a committee.

The People: Why can’t we sing the Christmas Carols we love so much in Advent? Is it really that important? Pastor: Because this is not Christmas, it […]

The Promise of Love

December 9, 2012 – Second Sunday of Advent University Presbyterian Church of Tempe, Arizona Scripture: Malachi 3.1-4 and Luke 3.1-6 © 2012 by The Rev. Eric O. Ledermann. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

How Do WE “Do” Church Better?

Thousands of books (dare I say tens of thousands?) have been written about it. Ecclesiastical rock stars have touted the top 10 ways to do it (and written books). Denominations are still wrestling with THE way to do it. And yet, we aren’t there yet.

I don’t know how many books, conferences, YouTube talks, and general conversations I’ve encountered about how to “do” church better, but in all of them I get this sickly […]

The Promise of Hope

December 2, 2012 – First Sunday of Advent First Sunday in Lectionary Year C University Presbyterian Church of Tempe, Arizona Scripture: Jeremiah 33.14-16 and Luke 21.25-36 © 2012 by The Rev. Eric O. Ledermann. All rights reserved. Used by permission.