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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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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: 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: 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 […]

BlogPost: World Communion Eucharistic

For some, “Communion Eucharist” might seem a bit repetitive. But “communion” and “Eucharist” are not the same thing: communion refers to the joining together or union of two or more things or people to create something new [Latin, cum (“with”)+mūnus (“gift”)].[1] Eucharist, however, refers to the Greek word for “gratitude” or “giving thanks” [Greek εὐχαριστία, eukháristos, from εὖ ‎(, “good”) + χάρις ‎(kháris, “grace, favor”).[2] Each speaks to different […]

Tables

I have been thinking a lot about tables and what happens around them in various settings. This past week I wrote in my congregation’s weekly email:

The table. Think about the tables you gather around in your life: the kitchen table at your home (or, if you’re like my family, more often we gather around the coffee table in the family room), conference tables for meetings, your desk at work, tables at coffee shops and […]

Lent 6 – Thanks!

1 I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad. 3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. 4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. ~Psalm 34.1-4 (NRSV)

A friend of mine has started […]