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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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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 […]

Why I Am A Progressive Christian

For the past several weeks I have been in deep thought and reflection. I am disappointed and saddened by events in our country. I am saddened by the divides and the hate that so many of our leaders seem to have encouraged and spawned. It is one thing to have an opinion and share it. It is another when those who have a different opinion are demonized. I have been accused of deepening the divide, […]

Prayer of Thanksgiving

I haven’t posted anything the past couple of weeks, since the election. I have been listening to people’s reactions and trying to process what happened and what it might mean for our nation and world. Each year our local Tempe Interfaith Fellowship hosts an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. It is an amazing service, and a highlight of the season for many. This year I was asked to offer the Prayer of Thanksgiving, which also served as […]

BlogPost: Not a ‘What’ But a ‘Way’

Me with Robin Meyers at The Fountains UMC in Fountain Hills, AZ.

This weekend I proverbially sat at the feet (actually the back row) of sage writer Robin Meyers, pastor of Mayflower United Church of Christ (not to be confused with the Church of Christ), professor of Philosophy, and author of several books, including Saving Jesus From the Church: How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus […]

BlogPost: The Gift of Judgment

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of the Lenten season of penitence and reflection. I’ve been doing some reading on “forgiveness” in preparation for a Lenten series to coincide with an adult education class being offered at my church. One of the things I re-discovered is the idea of judgment.

Judgment often gets a bad wrap as being a negative thing: “Don’t judge me!” But “judgment” is really only about “naming” something. To […]

BlogPost: The Sin of “Expectations”

Last week I was talking with my friend, the Rev. Wendy Komori-Stager, and she told me about a sermon series she did on the “seven deadly sins.” But instead of lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride, she preached on the sins of the fear of scarcity, perfectionism, busyness and the pride in productivity, comparison and self-doubt, and powerlessness.

In my mind these lists of sins have more to do with how we live […]

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, […]

BlogPost: Eucharist and Globalized Food Systems

Jennifer R. Ayres, and her book Good Food: Grounded Practical Theology

I’m reading a really great book called Good Food: Grounded Practical Theology by Jennifer R. Ayres (I love that…”grounded” practical theology…get it? “Grounded”…talking about food!). Ayers is Assistant Professor of Religious Education at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. So far the book is about the ethics of food practices through the lens of Eucharistic Christian theology. In the introduction she makes […]