The first two months of Myles’s time with us will be focused on making connections: meeting with members currently involved in welcoming, past participants in the membership committee, and UU membership professionals at other area churches. He’ll also participate in the new member classes on March 25 and April 15, with recognition of new members to take place during the May 20 service. As he gains a deeper understanding of the congregation, members, and the welcome process, we’ll move toward the recommendation from the January visioning retreat to gather a team around Myles to map next steps for membership growth.
Myles Brady Davis is a Black, Trans masculine, two-spirit, person of faith. As a native Chicagoan raised in the Hyde Park neighborhood he grew up in a loving family that emphasized strong values and tenets of faith, inclusivity, and social justice. Following in the footsteps of his father, Myles continues in the pursuit of civil rights advocacy. His professional experience in the human service field ranges from Emergency Medical Science, Public Health, and Philanthropy. Most recently, Myles completed his tenure at Howard Brown Health, one of the nation’s largest LGBTQQIA health organizations.
Myles has worked with various community based organizations, and served as a collective member for the Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois, the governing board for United Way of Metro Chicago’s United Pride Executive committee, Pride Action Tank, Trans Lifeline, and the youth homelessness initiative undertaken by Miley Cyrus’s Happy Hippie Foundation. Myles is a champion of the marginalized, consciousness, and LOVE.
In 2015, Myles was named on the distinguished #Trans100 list, a list that recognizes emerging and established Trans leaders from around the world, who are making extraordinary contributions to society. He also had the honor of being invited to the White House LGBTQ Pride reception to meet President Obama that same year.
Myles has a keen ability to connect with people from all walks of life. His ultimate goal is to cultivate safe and healing spaces where all people can thrive, celebrate their individuality, and be empowered to pursue a spiritual journey.
Myles is married to the love of his life, Precious Brady Davis, a communications professional, diversity advocate, and keynote speaker.
Rev. Teri and Rev. David would like to lift up in appreciation the work of the hiring team: Christine Harrell, Tim Arehart, Margot Horn, and Grace Latibeaudiere-Williams put in many, many hours into the process, all with great thoughtfulness, care, and insight that brought together Myles and First U.
Christine, Tim, Margot and Grace: thank you so much!