In this, the third interview in the new BCB series called “Clergy on Bainbridge”, we meet with Dee Eisenhauer, the longtime pastor of Eagle Harbor Congregational Church on Bainbridge Island, affiliated with the United Church of Christ.
Reflecting on her extended pastorate on Bainbridge, Dee looks ahead to what she hopes to gain from an upcoming sabbatical — both in terms of rejuvenation and a deeper understanding of the history and characteristics of Bainbridge Island and environs.
EHCC is the oldest continuing congregation on the island, and Dee says in this interview that the longevity brings both opportunities and challenges for the church community. She reflects on ways that she and church members have kept traditions in some areas and pushed themselves to try new things and grow in others.
Also in this podcast, Dee shares the support that the church community offers to its participants — both seriously and with humor. For example, she tells how congregants surprised her by donning hats in support of her struggle with alopecia, or hair loss. She said that the congregation laughs, cries, and deeply shares about their spiritual journeys.
More information on the church is available at http://eagleharborchurch.org.
Credits: BCB host and editor Reed Price; publisher Diane Walker