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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: Scary Days

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January 13, 2021 Last Wednesday was a scary day. The images from the United States Capitol combined the terrifying with the bizarre. One moment I saw violent physical clashes between rioters and Capitol police officers. The next moment I saw light-hearted invaders walking between red velvet ropes. One photo, taken when the Representatives had moved…
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Pastor’s Corner: Another Road

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January 6, 2021 “And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.” - Matthew 2:12 On January 6th, we are well into the season of “Have you broken all your New Year’s resolutions yet?” jokes. The portrait of well-intended but lightly-made, lightly-taken, and…
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Pastor’s Corner: A Better 2021

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December 30, 2020 I have a habit of observing each year that we celebrate the New Year at an arbitrary time – for truly, any day to end an old year and begin a new year has to be an arbitrary time. I’m not sure I’ve ever hoped (even prayed) that the arbitrary turning of…
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Pastor’s Corner: Blessed Christmas

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December 23, 2020 Christmas can be such a time of excess. That’s why the original “war on Christmas” was waged by New England Congregationalist Christians (yes, those who sent missionaries to Hawai’i) to discourage overeating, overdrinking, and overindulging in excessive merriment. Those Puritans weren’t the cardboard cutouts that fill our imaginations, but they did like…
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Pastor’s Corner: We Know Who…

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November 25, 2020 Thanksgiving isn’t necessarily an easy holiday (see my Thanksgiving letter on the first page of The Messenger). Quite aside from the strains of this particular year, which are many, an ordinary Thanksgiving brings a lot of heartbreak. Over the years, tables will accumulate empty chairs. Even if the physical chairs are not…
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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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