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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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Why Church Matters…

I just wrapped up a series of testimonies during worship from some members of the church I serve around why church matters to them. Each shared their faith journey and how they landed here and where they are in their walk with God. Each was then asked to sum it all up: Why does church matter? The responses varied, but a common thread was heard: church matters because it is where we are […]

Gratitude: A Way of Life

October 20, 2013 – 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time University Presbyterian Church in Tempe, AZ Scripture: Jeremiah 31.27-34 and 2 Timothy 3.14-4.5 Click here to download the sermon manuscript. © 2013 by the Rev. Eric O. Ledermann. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Why Do We Hate?

Why do we hate     when it saps our energy     when it kills our compassion     when it requires so much of us

Why do we hate     when we are afraid     when we are unfamiliar     when we are angry

Why do we hate     when there are children dying     when there are people suffering     when we know it only adds         to the global pain we all feel

Why do we hate     when we say we are hungry for […]

Why Church Matters – Part 5

October 6, 2013 – 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time and World Communion Sunday University Presbyterian Church of Tempe, AZ This is the last in a series on Why Church Matters in our time. Scripture: Psalm 137 and Luke 17.5-10 Click here to download the manuscript. CD recordings of the entire service are available by contacting the Church Office. © 2013 by the Rev. Eric O. […]

Church in the World Today

In America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity (2005), Robert Wuthnow, an American sociologist, argues that we have possibly been going about these ecumenical (inter-Christian) and inter-faith dialogues all wrong. He writes that we have been so focused on theology (understandings about God) that we have completely missed the opportunities to simply be in relationship, a basic understanding of what God is about that seems to span many of the world’s […]