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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.

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                   Eric Ledermann

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The Upside Down World of God

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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, [...]

Why Church Matters…

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I just wrapped up a series of testimonies during worship from some members of the church I serve around why church matters to them. Each shared their faith journey and how they landed here and where they are in their walk with God. Each was then asked to sum it all up: Why does church matter? The responses varied, but a common thread was heard: church matters because it is where we are [...]

Why Do We Hate?

Why do we hate     when it saps our energy     when it kills our compassion     when it requires so much of us

Why do we hate     when we are afraid     when we are unfamiliar     when we are angry

Why do we hate     when there are children dying     when there are people suffering     when we know it only adds         to the global pain we all feel

Why do we hate     when we say we are hungry for [...]

Church in the World Today

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In America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity (2005), Robert Wuthnow, an American sociologist, argues that we have possibly been going about these ecumenical (inter-Christian) and inter-faith dialogues all wrong. He writes that we have been so focused on theology (understandings about God) that we have completely missed the opportunities to simply be in relationship, a basic understanding of what God is about that seems to span many of the world’s [...]

Migrant Trail Walk

Today we gather at Southside Presbyterian Church, packing trailers, and getting things ready to head off to Sásabe, Mexico where we will break bread and begin our 75 mile trek to Tucson on the Migrant Trail Walk. We walk to remember those who have died trying to seek freedom from poverty, oppression, and a myriad of other things. They come out of hope. Yet, it has been said, for every human remains [...]

Lenten Reflection – 1st Sunday

1 Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty firmament! 2 Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his surpassing greatness!

3 Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! 4 Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! 5 Praise him with clanging cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! 6 Let everything that breathes praise the Lord! Praise [...]