First Church has hired Rev. Jim Foti, a mid-career minister with 10 years of experience in a large Midwestern congregation, as our Assistant Sabbatical Minister. He will preach once a month and work 10 hours/week, focusing on social justice activities and denominational affairs.
Rev. Foti is a freelance UU minister based in Minnesota and Wisconsin. A Milwaukee native, he received his B.A. from UW-Madison and his Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. From 2014 to 2022, he served as an assistant minister at the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis and recently served as sabbatical minister at United UU Congregation in Waukesha. Prior to seminary, Jim had a 20-year career as a newspaper journalist, including three years at the Milwaukee Journal. Jim discovered Unitarian Universalism at First Church in the early 1990s and looks forward to helping serve the congregation over the next five months.