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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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On Sanctuary, Social Justice and Advent

Over the years I have been told many times that the Church should not engage in politics. However, having read scripture and come to understand our Presbyterian tradition more deeply, I have a hard time understanding how the Church cannot be involved in politics. To be involved in “politics” (from the Greek word polis, which means “city”) is to be involved in the shaping and reshaping of the social structures—formal and informal—that govern how we […]

Marks of the Kingdom: Mercy and Thanksgiving

Part 3 in 3 part a series

November 23, 2014 – Christ the King Sunday University Presbyterian Church in Tempe, Arizona Scripture: Ezekiel 34.11-16, 20-24 and Matthew 25.14-30 Click here to download the sermon manuscript. CD recordings of the entire service are available by contacting the Church Office. © 2014 by the Rev. Eric O. Ledermann. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Marks of the Kingdom: Risk Taking

Part 2 in 3 part a series

November 16, 2014 – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time University Presbyterian Church in Tempe, AZ Scripture: Matthew 25.14-30 Click here to download the sermon manuscript. CD recordings of the entire service are available by contacting the Church Office. © 2014 by the Rev. Eric O. Ledermann. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Tables

I have been thinking a lot about tables and what happens around them in various settings. This past week I wrote in my congregation’s weekly email:

The table. Think about the tables you gather around in your life: the kitchen table at your home (or, if you’re like my family, more often we gather around the coffee table in the family room), conference tables for meetings, your desk at work, tables at coffee shops and […]

Marks of the Kingdom: Humility

Part 1 in 4 part a series

The Rev. Eric O. Ledermann November 2, 2014 – 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Scripture: Matthew 23.1-12 Click here to download the sermon manuscript. CD recordings of the entire service are available by contacting the Church Office. © 2014 by the Rev. Eric O. Ledermann. All rights reserved. Used by permission.