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

Step by Step

By Rev. Ruth Fitzgerald  •  May 12, 2022

One step at a time.

Art That Moves Us... To Our Knees

By Rev. Ruth Fitzgerald  •  March 31, 2022

When I was young, I knew most of the nooks and crannies of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Our family attended a large, downtown church and sometimes on Sunday afternoons..

My Music Life List

By Rev. Ruth Fitzgerald  •  February 24, 2022

Life Hymn-list One of the blessings of this pandemic time has been the regular schedule of meetings with the “circle” of folks who participate in writing this blog. We..

The Questions A Reader Asks

By Rev. Ruth Fitzgerald  •  January 20, 2022

Illuminating books. We can read that phrase a couple of different ways. Are books, by their contents illuminating? Do they shed new understanding on life’s experiences..

Look Forward

By Rev. Ruth Fitzgerald  •  December 16, 2021

When I entered seminary as a 45-year-old adult, I learned a new phrase: “Already, and not yet.” There are many ways that seminarians parse this phrase, but for me, it is..

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..