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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.

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Peace and blessings,
                   Eric Ledermann

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Connectional Living

In the Presbyterian Church we wrap our vision around three ideas discerned over hundreds and thousands of years of the Christian Church:

Confessional,
Constitutional, and
Connectional.

We are confessional because we confess our faith and are guided by historical confessions written over thousands of years in response to particular situations and contexts. We are constitutional because we shape our communal life together around a constitution, which includes the Book of Confessions (Part I) and the Book of Order (Part II)—I prefer the term covenantal over constitutional, as our constitution is also our covenant about how we will treat each other and establishes the common rules and guidelines.

But it is the third “C” that continues to challenge our communal life as a denomination: connectional. Our form of government connects the local church with the national levels of the church, and invites us into a mutual form of government that respects smaller (local and regional) councils while acknowledging the role of the larger (national) councils.

Being connectional reminds us of our larger connections to the world-wide Church of Jesus Christ, including Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, congregationalists, pentecostals, etc. It also reminds us of our connection through our theology of creation to people who identity with other religions and even no religion at all. We are connected to creation itself as created beings.

“Connectional living” calls us to see the immigrant (documented or undocumented) as fellow children of God and part of our family. Scriptures remind us again and again to welcome the immigrant and treat them as a member of our community or family. “Connectional living” calls us to see the poor, hungry and homeless, acknowledge them, and allow our compassion to move us to do something. “Connectional living” reminds us that our well being is intimately tied to the well being of others—that black lives do matter, that immigrants are our neighbors, that LGBTQ people are also God’s children, created and declared “good” just as they are. “Connectional living” calls us to a sense of belonging and a sense of accountability, especially with regard to those whom God shows more  (the poor, the hungry, the refugee, the immigrant, the oppressed, the marginalized, the imprisoned, the victim, the offender, etc.).

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