The Reverend James T. Galasinski began his ministry with us in August of this year. Following a year-long search process, and a week-long candidating visit, the congregation voted unanimously to call James to be our Settled Minister on Sunday, May 15. You can hear James’ candidating sermons and see him celebrating with the Search Committee here.
James was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he grew up in a very working class family. His father worked for the City of Milwaukee as mechanic and his mother worked as a maid at a hotel. His parents and two older sisters still reside in Milwaukee. James was raised as a Lutheran and attended private Lutheran school until college. In college he discovered liberal theology and it changed him.
James and his wife Ulrike met about 12 years ago when Ulrike was in a young professionals exchange program from Germany. They met in a community orchestra and kept in contact for a couple years. Realizing that a long-distance relationship from the U.S. to Germany was not going to work, they plunged into marriage. In May of 2015, Miles became a part of their family. They love traveling together, especially to National Parks (Miles has already been to about a dozen National Parks and Monuments!).
James holds a master of divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School and a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies from Cardinal Stritch University. His ministry began with a two-year internship at Unitarian Church North in Mequon, Wisconsin. He later served First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque as ministerial resident and youth program coordinator. While in Albuquerque he was also the chaplain to youth from the Mountain Desert District. On April 10, 2016, he was ordained into the Unitarian Universalist Ministry by the congregation of First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque.
James has been a pulpit guest at many UU congregations and fellowships in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, New Mexico, and Colorado.
In James’ Words…
Music, especially jazz, is a passion of mine. I have worked as professional bassist for about 15 years and love going to jazz clubs
I spent many summers camping in Wisconsin forests. Now I love exploring the nearby waterfalls and the mountains of the Adirondacks any chance I get.
The reverence Emerson and Thoreau had for nature in their Transcendentalist writings have spoken to me since I was young teenager.
Some might say its my other religion but I love following the Green Bay Packers. They have been in my blood since 1989 – they used to play games in Milwaukee and I went to a lot of them growing up.