About Rev. Ruth Fitzgerald

Rev. Ruth Fitzgerald served in parish ministry for nine years before being named the Area Conference Minister for the Grand West Association of the Michigan Conference United Church of Christ. She serves on the community board at Pilgrim Manor, a United Church Homes community. Ruth has two grown children and is eagerly awaiting the birth of her first grandchild. Hiking, knitting, and reading fill her "spare" time.

Recent Blog Posts

Gratitude: The Only Way Out Is Through

By Rev. Ruth Fitzgerald  •  November 19, 2020

November. Finally, it is post-election day. There’s a breath of Indian Summer in the air this week in Michigan, and my heart is lighter. I’ve made conscientious efforts..

A Moment in Time -- Over and Over Again

By Rev. Ruth Fitzgerald  •  September 10, 2020

The Sink The view from the window over my kitchen sink sometimes seems to set the boundaries for my days. I begin there, running water for coffee, feeding the kitties,..

Making Room For...

By Rev. Ruth Fitzgerald  •  July 09, 2020

Memories Forty-five years ago today, I was standing at Lands’ End in England with a group of young people and adults from my Methodist Church. We were on the Methodist..

Sacred Thresholds

By Rev. Ruth Fitzgerald  •  May 28, 2020

Each time I sit down to write for this Abundant Aging blog, I find myself reviewing my life. Sometimes it’s just a cursory glance at the past week of inconsequential..

Hope Grows in Pandemic

By Rev. Ruth Fitzgerald  •  April 30, 2020

Happy Easter? In this season of Eastertide — a word I love and remember from my growing-up years — we prolong celebrating the good news of resurrection. When I was..

Lenten Series, Week Three: Friendship

By Rev. Ruth Fitzgerald  •  March 12, 2020

“Make new friends, but keep the old…” I can hear my Brownie troop’s voices singing the old song. I loved Brownies and Girl Scouting, and singing was just one part of its..

When Old Is New Series -- The Power of Words

By Rev. Ruth Fitzgerald  •  February 06, 2020

Advent Series – Hope

By Rev. Ruth Fitzgerald  •  December 05, 2019

First Sunday in Advent Every year as Advent creeps up on me — how, exactly, is it the last of November already — and my heart turns to contradictory reflections.

Joy in Aging

By Rev. Ruth Fitzgerald  •  August 01, 2019

If You’re Not Getting Older… I was widowed at a young age. Before his death, my husband was subject to his younger brothers’ teasing about getting older. As soon as he..