A native of New England, The Rev. Eric Dupee was born in Manchester, Connecticut, spent time in Rhode Island and on Cape Cod, and has lived in many places in New England. Eric is the son of a Methodist minister and grew up in a united parish that was a combined United Methodist and UCC church. Eric graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Science degree, studied massage therapy in Colorado and worked in physical therapy clinics in Massachusetts before attending the Boston University School of Theology where he met Chapin Garner.
Eric received his Master of Divinity degree in 1997, was ordained a Deacon in the United Methodist Church in 1997 and then ordained as an Elder in 2000. The first church Eric served was in the small but picturesque town of Wayne, Maine where he was the church’s first full-time pastor. Since that time, Eric has served United Methodist churches in Lenox, Massachusetts and Winchester, Massachusetts.
Eric draws from four important sources which frame his theology: scripture, reason, experience, and religious tradition. His faith has been influenced by people representing a range of perspectives, including Walter Wink, Bell Hooks, and Thomas Merton. Through his ministry, Eric has come to believe that the basic goal of Christian formation, for all age groups, is to assist people in living like Christ. As it says in Philippians 2:5: “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus…” To the degree that it is possible, Eric thinks learning in the church ought to be fun, thought provoking and adventurous.
During his 18 years of ministry, Eric has been deeply involved in, and passionate about, stewardship. His understanding of stewardship goes beyond the church’s annual pledge campaign. He views it as a way of life. It involves seeing our time, talents and financial resources as gifts from God, and we should seek to use them in ways that would please God. Eric believes that the number one obstacle to our ability to be in relationship with God is our relationship with money, which is why Jesus talked about money and wealth almost as much as any other topic.
Eric is also passionate about the environment and social justice. During his time in Winchester, the church created a vegetable garden to promote a sense of stewardship of God’s creation. For the last nine years, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Winchester Multicultural Network. In addition, he has been involved in the New England Conference Anti-Racism Task Force. He guided his church through the process of becoming a Reconciling Congregation, which is the United Methodist equivalent of an Open and Affirming congregation in the UCC. Eric served on the New England Conference Board of Ordained Ministry for nine years, and was the recipient of the 2008 Wilbur C. Ziegler Award for excellence in preaching.
When Eric is not working, you will probably find him outdoors. He enjoys white-water canoeing on the Farmington River, has done technical climbing on mountains in Ecuador, Canada and various sites in the United States, and his latest source of adventure is a recently purchased motorcycle.