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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: False Peaks

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April 14, 2021 One of my favorite things to do during “down time” is to walk in the woods, or by the sea, or on a mountain. These days I still like to have something of a goal in mind, but when I was younger, the usual destination was the top of a mountain. On…
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Tags: Covid-19, Patience

Pastor’s Corner: When Will We Gather?

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April 7, 2021 People have asked when we will welcome worshipers into the sanctuary on a Sunday morning again. It is a good question. It is a question I have been wrestling with along with other leaders of our congregation for over a year. The short answer is: I do not know. This pandemic has…
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Tags: Covid-19

Pastor’s Corner: Loneliest Moment

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March 31, 2021 What was Jesus’ loneliest moment? After a year of enforced semi-isolation, we can resonate with at least some of what Jesus felt. How much do we cherish that moment when we see a friend’s eyes beaming at us over their mask? How wide is our smile beneath our own mask, even if…
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Tags: HolyWeek, Loneliness

Pastor’s Corner: Heart and Compassion

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March 17, 2021 Well. It’s been a year and a couple of days since we decided to shift to an online-only worship experience… for (we hoped) two weeks. I guess we were wrong about that. The two weeks became three and a half months. We welcomed worshipers once again in July, hoping that the falling…
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Tags: Covid-19

Pastor’s Corner: Haves and Have-Nots

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March 10, 2021 We have entered a strange phase of our life together: the time of the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. With all the strangeness and stresses of this pandemic, this may be the strangest. I pray that it will not be the most stressful – I’ve had all the stress I want, thank you.…
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Tags: Poverty, Vaccine

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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Sunday 10:00 am

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Monday 6:30 pm, Wednesday 9:00 am

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

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440 W. Lanikaula Street
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