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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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Am I My Brother’s (or Sister’s) Keeper?

Caring comes naturally to some, but that does not mean it isn’t hard work. The art and practice of pastoral ministry challenges a culture which values individualism, which makes it hard to ask for help. We are torn between our desire to be self-reliant and realizing that we need one another–scripture would suggest that we are even responsible for one another. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Cain defiantly responds to God’s inquiring about Cain’s now dead brother Abel. The answer to Cain’s question is a resounding “YES!”

One of the major threads that run through and holds together the biblical witness to God’s vision is the constant call to care for all God’s children, especially those who struggle to care for themselves. Scripture is full of peopel who try to separate themselves from their responsibility (Job is a fine and more extreme example). Yet, God, through prophets and circumstances, continues to thrust people back together. There is no escaping it. Conflict is inevitable when competing desires colide. And, oddly, only together can we learn to heal the resulting brokenness of conflict. Listening is key to this work.

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