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Pastor Eric Anderson

Pastor Eric Anderson

The Rev. Eric S. Anderson began serving as pastor of Church of the Holy Cross in April 2016, providing worship leadership, spiritual nurture, pastoral care, and community engagement to the congregation – and, of course, a handlebar moustache.

Before coming to Hilo, he served as Associate Conference Minister for Proclamation, Identity, and Communication for the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ, working from its headquarters in Hartford, Connecticut. Over seventeen years, he rose from part-time editor of its newspaper to oversight of its communications ministry, implementing the transition to Internet based communications using text, still images, audio, and video.

Born in Middletown, Connecticut, to Lynn and Maren Anderson, he grew up in nearby Vernon, Connecticut, where his father was an educator in the public schools. His father lives now in Southwick, Massachusetts; Maren Anderson died in 1983. Eric received his A.B. degree in Theatre Arts from Cornell University in 1985 and his M.Div. degree from Andover Newton Theological School in 1988.

Ordained in 1988, he began his ministry by serving two congregations: the First Congregational Church UCC of Mechanic Falls, Maine, and the neighboring Oxford Congregational Church UCC. He returned to Connecticut in 1993, and took up a series of interim calls: First Congregational Church UCC in Meriden, Connecticut; Oxford UCC in Oxford, Connecticut; Seymour Congregational Church UCC in Seymour, Connecticut; and Center Congregational Church UCC in Torrington, Connecticut.

Also in 1993, he launched a private Information Technology consulting business with the goal of supporting the ministry of local churches. This coincided with the emergence of the World Wide Web as a communication platform, and his work in this area led to his expanding responsibilities with the Connecticut Conference.

Rev. Anderson has two adult children: Brendan, born in 1992, and Rebekah, born in 1995. Brendan currently lives in Boston, and Rebekah is a student at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Rev. Anderson is one of three ministers in his immediate family – he is the youngest of the three and has been ordained the longest. After retiring from the public schools his father, the Rev. Lynn Anderson, completed his M.Div. degree and served three churches as an interim pastor. While attending seminary, his father met and married a fellow student, the Rev. Shirley Anderson, who retired just a few years ago after serving two UCC churches in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Other Interests
In addition to sermons, spiritual reflections, and the occasional news story, Rev. Anderson writes poems and music for enlightenment (and for fun). He plays six and twelve-string guitar and has begun practicing the ukulele. He and a friend, the Rev. Paul Bryant-Smith, have performed as “Boys in Hats” for twenty years, sharing their love for folk music of America and the British isles.

As well as music, he enjoys creative photography, exploring cuisines, walking in nature’s beauty, and settling down with a good book (in addition to the Good Book).

“God has been extraordinarily good to me,” he says,” to bring me to Church of the Holy Cross, and see the love of God expressed so joyfully in a place of such astonishing beauty.”

Pastor’s Corner Reflections

The Pastor’s Corner” is a regular feature of The Messenger  newsletter.

Pastor’s Corner: Still In for the Long Haul

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May 16, 2018 We’re still in for the long haul. I claim no prescience in my last column. The floods on Kaua’i did not lead me to wonder about a volcanic eruption in Puna. As I flew off to Florida and an educational program for mid-career clergy two weeks ago, I was more concerned that…
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Pastor’s Corner: In for the Long Haul

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May 2, 2018 As I write this, some days before its publication (I’m visiting family as you read it), my head is spinning with sights of suffering and sin: Chemical weapons in Syria, American bombs falling in Syria, The entire island of Puerto Rico without electricity (again), Political proposals that could criminalize homelessness, Kaua’i’s damaged…
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Pastor’s Corner: Be (Less) Busy and Know that I Am God

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April 18, 2018 In the last Messenger, I wrote that with Easter Sunday past, this is no ordinary time. We do not go “back to normal.” The implication, of course, was that this is a time to be as active and busy as possible. This time, I’d like to if not contradict myself, then at…
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Pastor’s Corner: (Not) Back to Normal

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April 4, 2018 From my perspective, with Lent over and Easter Sunday past, the Church can go “back to normal.” It’s the occasion to resume the routine, continue the customary, and sustain the status quo. Which is a very wrong perspective. Easter, I keep reminding myself (as I sigh with relief that the “extras” of…
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Pastor’s Corner: Who am I?

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March 21, 2018 Who am I? No, I haven’t forgotten my name (despite the truth that I remember faces much better than names – I told somebody recently that “I’m very good at names, except for remembering them”). And I haven’t come to some sort of crisis of existence. Lately, however, people have repeatedly reminded…
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Tags: #aloha, #identity, #Love

How to reach Pastor Eric:

Office Phone: 935-1283
Home Phone (forwards to cell): 464-4884
Cell Phone (from cell phone or for text messaging): 203-215-9054
Twitter: @esanderson

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