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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.

Background
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.

Family
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: A New Question

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June 24, 2020 This next month will bring us a question that most of us have rarely asked ourselves, I suspect. Should I go to worship? We have asked ourselves ”Will I go to worship?” plenty of times (at least I have). Will I go to worship when the sun is shining and the beach…
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Tags: Covid-19, Worship

Pastor’s Corner: Imagining

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Try some imagining… Imagine driving into the parking lot of Church of the Holy Cross on a Sunday morning. You’re wearing your cloth face mask, of course, as you exit your car (if you forgot one, somebody will get one for you). There’s a line forming along the side of the mauka building, so you…
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Tags: Worship

Pastor’s Corner: Marches in the Streets

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June 3, 2020 Just when we thought 2020 couldn’t get any more stressful, people are marching in the streets. Again. This time, they do not march to demand the reopening of businesses and bars. They cry out against a legal system and a social order that has slain people of color, primarily African Americans and…
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Tags: Racism

Pastor’s Corner: Looking Ahead to Public Worship

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Pastor's Note: This should have been posted a week ago; I apologize for the omission and delay. May 27, 2020 We are making plans for resuming in-person worship services. You are probably aware that Mayor Harry Kim has issued an emergency proclamation authorizing faith communities to meet for worship beginning on June 1. The Deacons…
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Pastor’s Corner: Congratulations, Graduates

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May 20, 2020 This coming weekend should have brought families together with friends, loved ones, and supporters to celebrate the graduation of our senior classes of Hilo and Waiakea High Schools. Instead of the grand gathering, celebrating families will attend a ceremony streamed over the Internet and graduates will reach for their diplomas through the…
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Tags: Covid-19, Graduation

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
Email: esanderson.ucc@gmail.com
Facebook: facebook.com/rev.eric.anderson
Twitter: @esanderson

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Sunday School Classes

Sunday 8:45 am

Sunday Worship Service

Sunday 10:00 am

Adult Bible Study

Monday 6:30 pm, Wednesday 9:00 am

IYPP
(International Young Adults Association)
Bible Study

Wednesday 7:30 pm

The Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga

(The Rev. Tevita) Sunday 1:00 pm Wednesday 7:00 pm (Sanctuary)

The United Church of Christ, Pohnpei - Hilo

(The Rev. Ichiro) Sunday 10:00 am (Bdg. of Faith)

The Samoan Church

(The Rev. Sunia) Sunday 4:00 pm (Sanctuary)

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