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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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Healing Spiritual Wounds

I’m thankful for an advanced copy of Carol Howard Merritt’s new book, Healing Spiritual Wounds: Reconnecting with a Loving God After Experiencing a Hurtful Church. I know Carol, and she is a compassionate, deeply spiritual, and articulate voice in the world of theology and Church. She is warm, welcoming, and engaging. Her writing is passionate about a Church that has hurt her much, and about a God who has walked with […]

Take the leap!

We are on a precipice. We may have been standing there for nearly 500 years, or maybe only 100 years, but on a precipice we stand. We do not know what lies beyond in what looks like a deep dark chasm below—it may be a jagged cliff with a solid rock floor, or it may be a cool blue ocean full of life and calling us to join in the fray.

It has been said […]

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) […]

VLOG-Season 1, Episode 7: Play Together, Stay Together!

A community or family that plays together, stays together! I could go on and on about a “theology of play,” but I’d rather just show you. Some of the amazing talents at University Presbyterian Church in Tempe, AZ.

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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 […]

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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