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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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The of Love Over Ego and Sin

If you don’t subscribe to Fr. Richard Rohr’s daily meditation email, I highly recommend it. I don’t get to read it every day, but it is a a wonderful resource drawn from his decades of studying and practicing the more contemplative side of Christian life and action. He is the founder and director of the Center for Contemplative Action in New Mexico—the idea that the contemplative life draws us to behave, live, and […]

BlogPost: The Ego and God

This book! It’s calling me out onto the mat and is kicking my…you know what. The theological connections to my Christian faith are disturbing. Brené Brown, in her most recent book on vulnerability, Rising Strong (2015), writes about the power of our egos to “protect” us, but often keep us from dealing with our real hurts.

Brown describes our egos as “that part of us that cares about our status and what people think, […]

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 […]

The Upside Down World of God

Both our Hebrew and Greek scriptures hold a vision of the kingdom of God where the rich and powerful are knocked down off their pedestals of arrogance and pride, and the poor and marginalized are lifted up out of the pits of despair, and all people are called to live in harmony and at least “relative” equity.

Our country’s own Declaration of Independence from British tyranny proclaims: “all men (sic.) are created equal.” Unfortunately, […]

The First Christmas

I am again working my way through Marcus Borg’s and John Crossan’s 2007 book The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach about Jesus’s Birth. I love the way they gently invite readings to set aside questions about the factuality of the events described so differently in the gospels of Matthew and Luke, as well as the genealogies each gospel writer offers, and instead consider their meaning […]

Happy New Year!

Happy new year! What? It’s not January? I know, but the season of Advent is the start of the Christian calendar. We begin the year listening to God’s promises revealed through Jesus: the promise of a new heaven and new earth, promises of rebirth, promises of a new hope for all humanity.

Unfortunately, some people like Tim LeHaye and Jerry Jenkins and their now famous Left Behind series, that takes some serious poetic license […]

The Promise of Joy: A Response to the Massacre in Connecticut

President Obama pauses while addressing the nation from the White House briefing room the afternoon of the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. (Dec. 14, 2012)

Below is the sermon I preached on December 16, 2012 at University Presbyterian Church, the third Sunday in Advent, in response to the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The audio version is available on my […]

But I don’t wanna wait!

It’s interesting that we celebrate two different seasons as one: Advent and Christmas. Every year the same discussions are had in congregations all over the country, usually between the pastor and the folks who are in charge of music, whether a music director, choir, or a committee.

The People: Why can’t we sing the Christmas Carols we love so much in Advent? Is it really that important? Pastor: Because this is not Christmas, it […]