Speaker: Rev. T. J. FitzGerald

Keep the Sabbath…I Mean It

In my freshman year English class in high school we learned a lot of poems. There is one that I still remember.

The world is too much with us: late and soon,
Getting and spending we lay waste our powers:
Little we see in nature that … read more.

Tell The Story, Part Two

There is really nothing quite like a cliffhanger. Movies, books, television shows…they all use of this device. It activates something in our mind, something that desires resolution, something that desires closure. It’s probably good for us, but it can be unsettling.

Anyone who saw the new … read more.

Tell The Story, Part One

Telling stories is something we have been doing for ages in our shared human family. Out from our ages past, some of the stories we tell change and mold to fit the times in which we live. We will look together at the ways we … read more.

Where the Heart Is

Nestled up a bit in the valley is a house. It is like a lot of houses. It has walls, and windows, and doors. I know things about the house, things a lot of other people don’t. On quiet days, mostly on Mondays, doves roost … read more.

Anatomy and Philosophy

A wise teacher, really a governess of some fame, once offered this famous suggestion: “Let’s start at the very beginning. It’s a very good place to start.” And as it turns out, the beginning is also a pretty interesting place to start, too.

As it is … read more.

Roots of Faith

The earth awakes again. Down into the crackling, churning earth, sliding in plates that grind out a ticking of a clock, s clock that keeps the deepest, the oldest, the forgotten time, down into that crackling, churning earth spreads the warmth that gathers now once … read more.

The Wait of the World

I am a patient man. I was a patient child…when I wanted to be. Right mom and dad? I know this, and we have today the witness of my parents in case my word is not sufficient, because if you wanted to, you could track … read more.

Sing a New Song

It is truly a gift to be present for this first experience of our choir today. I confess, when we started talking about the idea, it didn’t dawn on me that I would be such a, shall we say, integral part of it. But I’m … read more.

What We Have Done

I invite you to come with me on a journey. We are together in the dessert. The shifting sands and dry winds find every piece of earth, every piece of our exposed skin. We can feel the sting of the whipping sand in our eyes. … read more.

Around in Circles

It was a normal afternoon for me. I met a friend at the mall for some Christmas shopping and to grab a coffee. We finished our shopping quicker than we expected…and our coffee, too. And neither of us had much to do in the afternoon. … read more.

Hand in Hand

On this special morning when we remember the life and the ministry of Martin Luther King, Jr., we will look to the leadership of the youngest members of our community and share a meal of Stone Soup together. Come and join in this celebration of … read more.

Divine Justice

I heard a story some years ago. It was a story about a preacher who was invited to preach at a well-known, visible church that stood in the deep history of the American Black Church tradition. The minister who was invited to preach was a … read more.

Tidings of Great Joy

We all know the story, the old, old, deep story. A child, unknown, unplanned for, is delivered into the lives and the arms of the least suspecting parents. The child’s new parents travel great distances, to lands far, far, away, to settle with the child … read more.

Ready For a Miracle

I really do love that song [“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas]. The lilting phrases, the way it soars and then returns. And those lyrics, right, just so…pushy.

I don’t mean any offense to the song, but really think about it. The song ends by telling … read more.

Express Your Self

I can still remember seeing it for the first time. I was five years old or so. I beheld the beauty of a work of art—the background set in all black, the image of a beautiful, strong, young woman in the foreground, and the iconic … read more.

Words of Welcome


This week and a half of welcomes, of greetings, of new beginnings for me, has been wonderful. I thank all of you who have played a role in welcoming me here. I am really starting to feel at home with you. Of course, I might … read more.

All in a Day’s Work

Photo from Center for Labor Education and Research, University of Hawai’i – West O’ahu

Do you remember your first job? For many of us, a first job was something like cutting grass, or babysitting, or a paper route. I remember helping a friend with his paper … read more.