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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: Lent is Here

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March 6, 2019 Lent is here. There’s no need to look busy. There are and will be plenty of opportunities to do so. You can download our new Lenten devotional (at least the first volume), “Open the Heart,” below. That can keep you busy for a time each day. “Ideas for Lenten Disciplines” are available…
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Pastor’s Corner: Arbitrary Decisions

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February 20, 2019 Arbitrary decisions have their advantages. Not too long ago, I arbitrarily decided that any day on which I saw a kolea – a Pacific golden plover – would be defined as a good day. I’ve written before about feeling comforted by the sight of the kolea who lives in our neighborhood (or…
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Pastor’s Corner: A Better Lenten Devotional

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Pastor’s Corner: February 6, 2019 Lent is coming! Pastors in many places would then add: “Look busy!” I had thought more people would be interested in contributing to a devotional resource for Lent than have actually stepped forward. In fact, nobody has made that commitment. Quite a few have asked questions, and one or two…
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Pastor’s Corner: Ends and Means

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January 23, 2019 You know, there’s got to be a better way. I’m thinking about our federal government shutdown. It’s the longest in our nation’s history, now a full week longer than the runner-up. Some are working without paychecks. Others wonder when they will get back to the responsibilities they value. The basic reason we…
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Pastor’s Corner: Arbitrary New Year

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January 9, 2019 The New Year is a pretty arbitrary holiday. There is no special significance to the first of January that would not apply to, say, the first of July (which is when the fiscal new year begins for many businesses). Although the European year gets a lot of attention, nations and cultures continue…
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Tags: #NewYear, Improvement, Resolution

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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