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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 Prophetic Voice of the Church at #PCUSA #GA222

Some would suggest that these kinds of national gatherings are long, boring, and cumbersome. But if we look closely, we see a spirit of connectional faith throughout the week. People gather. People re-connect. People talk, share, and listen. Somehow amidst the Robert’s Rules-o-rama, the discussions and debates—as well as the copious amounts of coffee—God’s Spirit speaks, moves, and nudges. Somehow, amidst the cacophony of divergent voices, a prophetic voice is heard.

To be prophetic is to serve […]

Why attend #GA222?

Since 2002 I have been attending General Assemblies. Kathy Runyeon taught my polity class at SFTS. I caught the bug and became a G.A. Junkie. In my first call after graduating in 2001 worked for a year and a half to include attending G.A. in my Terms of Call. Since then it has been a non-negotiable. In fact, one congregation rescinded their call when negotiations broke down due […]

PMA Announces Balanced Budget at #GA222…And?

On Sunday, Tony De La Rosa, Interim Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, reported to the 222nd General Assembly of the PC(USA) that the PMA is, for the first time in years, balancing its budget without using reserve funds. He announced to commissioners that agency is working hard to revenue trends within the denomination, rather than at “fundraising efforts.” With the denomination continuing to lose members, both through natural attrition (a nice […]

Coffee at #GA222 – Visit Café Justo

If you love coffee (or you know someone who does), you must stop by booth #553 in the Exhibit Hall and learn the story of Café Justo (Just Coffee). In 2002 this coffee cooperative was birthed by a partnership that included the Presbyterian Border Ministry of Frontera de Cristo and Lily of the Valley Church in Agua Prieta, Sonora, in response to immigration, of all things.

I serve a […]

Divest to Re-invest at #GA222

Yesterday a letter was presented at a press conference in support of an overture from the Presbytery of San Francisco calling the entities of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to divest from fossil fuel companies. The letter was written by Rick Ufford-Chase, moderator of the 216th General Assembly (2004) and signed by nine former moderators, including the Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow and the Rev. Dr. Susan Andrews who spoke at the press […]

GA222 Nominations for the Stated Clerk of the #PCUSA

Through an extensive nomination process, today the Stated Clerk Nominating Committee officially placed into nomination for Stated Clerk of the General Assembly the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, current director of the PC(USA) Office of Public Witness in Washington, D.C. The current Stated Clerk, the venerable Rev. Gradye Parsons, sat in his position from which he will stand for the last time this week.

Stated Clerk nominee Rev. David Baker […]

A New Season is Emerging at #GA222

Last night a season emerged in the life of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Two years ago the 221st General Assembly approved a rules change to allow co-moderators of the assembly, rather than a moderator and a vice-moderator. Many churches now have a co-pastor model, and G.A. is now following suit.

RE David Parker responds to questions during the Q&A portion of the General Assembly. (Photo: Eric O. Ledermann)

Two sets […]

BlogPost: #GA222 of the #PCUSA Opens with Worship

The 222nd gathering of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) opened with worship this afternoon. While for many GA222 stared a couple of days ago (especially for staff, vendors, and YAADs), today was the official start.

The moderator of the 221st General Assembly, Dr. Heath Rada, preached a sermon from Genesis 45.1-15, when Joseph reveals himself to his brothers who had sold him into slavery. Moderator Rada called the PC(USA) to […]