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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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Happy New Year!

“To the American People: Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. If we think on these things, there will be born in us a Savior and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world.”

– Calvin Coolidge

Happy new year! What a wonderful time […]

My Lord Has Come

Dec 24, 2013 – Christmas Eve University Presbyterian Church of Tempe, AZ Scripture: Luke 2.1-20 CD recordings of the entire service are available by contacting the Church Office. Click here to download the sermon manuscript. © 2013 by the Rev. Eric O. Ledermann. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

The Love of God Revealed

Dec 22, 2013 – 4th Sunday of Advent University Presbyterian Church in Tempe, AZ Scripture: Isaiah 7.10-16 and Matthew 1.18-25 CD recordings of the entire service are available by contacting the Church Office. Click here to download the sermon manuscript. © 2013 by the Rev. Eric O. Ledermann. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Joy in the Presence of God

Dec 15, 2013 – 3rd Sunday of Advent University Presbyterian Church of Tempe, AZ Scripture: Isaiah 35.1-10 and Matthew 11.2-11 CD recordings of the entire service are available by contacting the Church Office. Click here to download the sermon manuscript. © 2013 by the Rev. Eric O. Ledermann. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

The Upside Down World of God

Both our Hebrew and Greek scriptures hold a vision of the kingdom of God where the rich and powerful are knocked down off their pedestals of arrogance and pride, and the poor and marginalized are lifted up out of the pits of despair, and all people are called to live in harmony and at least “relative” equity.

Our country’s own Declaration of Independence from British tyranny proclaims: “all men (sic.) are created equal.” Unfortunately, […]

Peace Through Justice, Not Violence

Dec 8, 2013 – 2nd Sunday of Advent University Presbyterian Church of Tempe, AZ Scripture: Isaiah 11.1-10 and Matthew 3.1-12 CD recordings of the entire service are available by contacting the Church Office. Click here to download the sermon manuscript. © 2013 by the Rev. Eric O. Ledermann. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

The First Christmas

I am again working my way through Marcus Borg’s and John Crossan’s 2007 book The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach about Jesus’s Birth. I love the way they gently invite readings to set aside questions about the factuality of the events described so differently in the gospels of Matthew and Luke, as well as the genealogies each gospel writer offers, and instead consider their meaning […]

Happy New Year!

Happy new year! What? It’s not January? I know, but the season of Advent is the start of the Christian calendar. We begin the year listening to God’s promises revealed through Jesus: the promise of a new heaven and new earth, promises of rebirth, promises of a new hope for all humanity.

Unfortunately, some people like Tim LeHaye and Jerry Jenkins and their now famous Left Behind series, that takes some serious poetic license […]