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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 the President, asking the same thing (you can read his letter here).

We can make a difference in the lives of those under threat of deportation who simply want to live their lives free from the violence (physical, emotional, spiritual, as well as economic) raging in their own countries. I am convinced they are not “drains” on our society. Rather, they enrich our communities. I have been yelled at on the phone, called names, and been told absolute lies by those who oppose my session’s decision to offer sanctuary to Luis (you can read more on our decision to offer sanctuary here and most recently here).

My colleague, Cyndi Wittmore, of the Phoenix Restoration Project, also offered a beautiful and succinct explanation of why we are doing what we are doing on the Luis Lopez Acabal-Sanctuary Facebook page:

I encourage everyone who wants to live in safer and more connected communities to help those hiding in the shadows come out and fully participate by contacting your local legislators, President Obama and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson (click here for contact info and some language to use when you call). CALL TODAY! CALL EVERY DAY!

Together we can change our immigration system and offer hope to millions who simply want to stay with their families and be a part of this American experiment we call the United States!

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