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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: Vote

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October 21, 2020 When I moved to Hilo four years ago, it was an election year. I remember telling one of our members that I had to look up the location of the polling place, and he responded with an odd look. “You haven’t voted yet?” he asked. “I mailed my ballot days ago.” In…
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Pastor’s Corner: So… This Happened

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October 14, 2020 “So… This happened.” I can’t remember when I started using that phrase. I strongly suspect I picked it up from people younger than I – possibly my children, possibly the young people at summer camp, possibly via social media. I use it along with some brief description of what “this” was or…
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Pastor’s Corner: Things I Don’t Do

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October 7, 2020 There are so many things I want to do. I don’t do a lot of them. I don’t spend time in the sun without sunscreen. I don’t drive like a car chase in the movies. I don’t throw garbage on the street. I don’t tell stories about anyone without their permission. I…
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Pastor’s Corner: World Communion Sunday

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September 30, 2020 This Sunday is World Communion Sunday. It is one of my favorite days on the worship calendar. It is a glorious day. It is also a mirror of our fractured world. From the earliest recorded days, Christians gathered to eat together. The three thousand newly baptized on Pentecost, says the book of…
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Pastor’s Corner: All Saints 2020

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September 23, 2020 We are only a month away from one of the most moving services of our year: the recognition of All Saints, which we observe on the last Sunday in October. Each year my eyes tear up to remember the precious souls who have gone from us to God and also to witness…
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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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