About Rev. Ruth Fitzgerald

Rev. Ruth Fitzgerald served in parish ministry for nine years before being called into conference ministry as Area Minister for the Grand West Association in Michigan. She has served on the community board for Pilgrim Manor, a United Church Homes community in Grand Rapids. Ruth has two grown children and one precious grandson. Hiking, knitting, and reading fill her “spare” time.

Recent Blog Posts

A Change of Season

By Rev. Ruth Fitzgerald  •  October 07, 2021

I’m tired! Are you? I’m tired of this new paradigm that shapes our lives, this global pandemic. It seems that just about everything has been changed a bit in light of..

Count Your Blessings

By Rev. Ruth Fitzgerald  •  August 26, 2021

Some of my fondest childhood memories are of my grandmother and my mother, sitting at the piano, playing and singing their favorite hymns. For my grandmother it was “How..

Rooted in Love

By Rev. Ruth Fitzgerald  •  July 15, 2021

Three common words-- Rooted in love. Three words of scripture-- Rooted in love. Three words.

Blossoming Hope: Hope Endures

By Rev. Ruth Fitzgerald  •  June 24, 2021

“Hope” is the thing with feathers— That perches in the soul— And sings the tune without the words— And never stops—at all—                                      Emily..

The View From the Top

By Rev. Ruth Fitzgerald  •  May 06, 2021

In the recent years before the COVID-19 pandemic began, I undertook a series of hiking trips with good friends. There was a good bit of climbing involved on our trips to..

A Never-Ending Lent?

By Rev. Ruth Fitzgerald  •  March 29, 2021

Christians approach the Lenten season and typically enter into a time of prayer, fasting, and the making of special offerings (sometimes called “alms”). We might “give..


By Rev. Ruth Fitzgerald  •  January 14, 2021

Last Wednesday morning, I convened a Zoom meeting of clergy in my area. Our discussion centered around the recent Christmas holidays, the election results in the Georgia..

Advent Hope

By Rev. Ruth Fitzgerald  •  December 03, 2020

The calendar page turns to December. The tiny lights are twinkling in my neighborhood, Christmas carols are on the radio, and my heart yearns for the preparations of..

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..