Young Adult Community Leader

Tyler Coles (they/he) joined UUCF as the Young Adult Community Leader in September 2018. The position is being funded through a bequest by Stan Richards that supports innovative UU projects through a UUCF Innovation Fund. Tyler’s role is to build and help facilitate a young adult community outside of UUCF, but grounded in UU principles and values.

Tyler is a Southern-raised native of Roanoke, VA. They hold a bachelor of arts in history and religion from Roanoke College and a master of divinity from Vanderbilt University. Inspired by the good news of Unitarian Universalism, Tyler is a candidate for the ministry with more than 5 years of experience focusing on the intersections of young adult spirituality and collective liberation. This work includes interfaith organizing, the facilitation of queer spirituality communities and continuous efforts toward “creating the Beloved Kingdom on earth.”

Tyler also serves as the communications co-chair of Diverse Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM). DRUUMM is a People of Color ministry and anti-racist collective bringing lay and religious professionals together to overcome racism through resistance and transform Unitarian Universalism through multicultural wisdom.