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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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Smile, It Confuses People

It’s Monday. For many, it’s the day of dragging ourselves out of bed after a couple of days of not having to think about work, and trudging to that place that sucks much of our time and energy. I’ve read a number of articles and blog posts over the last several years about the Church losing it’s way and continually living in a confused Monday-mindset. I used to think we were finding our way […]

Christendom is Over!

My friend, the Rev. Rocky Supinger, writes a daily blog at YoRocko! Recently he wrote a post called “Christendom is Over.” He shares about a wedding rehearsal at the moment when the couple climbs the steps of the chancel and are instructed to make sure they look at each other and not my friend Rocky. The bride quips, I’m sure in her excitement about what will soon be happening for real, […]

Presbyterianism and Ordered Life

An interesting question popped in my head recently–maybe I got it from someone else. In many communions/denominations there are “orders,” subgroups within the community that seek to reflect their engagement with the wider community and world in particular ways, but continue to coexist with other groups.

In the PC(USA) we have many groups: Presbyterians for Renewal, Covenant Network of Presbyterians, Fellowship of Presbyterians, More Light Presbyterians, etc. Some of them are single-issue, some reflect a […]

“Restorative” Justice?

This past weekend we had a few guests at Church: Leroy and Joan Willems with the Mennonite Central Committee, and Will Gonzalez, Chief Deputy Prosecutor with the City of Phoenix. They came to share with us something that has been sweeping through communities and transforming how they go about “being” community: Restorative Justice.

The thrust of their version of this flavor of justice is trying to “fix” broken situations in a way that helps the […]

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 […]

VLOG-Season 1, Episode 5: Taking Care of Business

Stewardship is more than just “managing,” but learning to maintain and USE what we’ve been given for the good of humanity. Like we maintain our homes, we need to maintain our spiritual, physical, and mental health in order to have healthy relationships.

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VLOG-Season 1, Episode 3: Eucharist

Tables. Meals. Fellowship. This week I start unpack the depth of meaning behind the Eucharist (aka, Communion or the Lord’s Supper).

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The Blame Game

There is a game that is as old as humanity, maybe older. It’s called: “The Blame Game.” It goes in and out of popularity, but seems to come back as anxiety increases (whether or not it is factually justified). Leaders often respond to The Blame Game either by joining in and trying to thrust as much blame on other leaders as possible, or by trying to justify or defend their positions against the onslaught of […]