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My name is Cecil Chik and I like to make people laugh. I was born in Hong Kong and my family immigrated to the United States in 1989. I currently work at Stetson University and serve as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion. I’ve also dabbled in being a math teacher and mental health counseling. I live with my wife, Nicole and our spunky cat, Okie Dokie.
The hardest part of coming out for me has been the ‘coming out’ to my family and closest friends. It’s a process for them too. My parents will inevitably get questions about their eldest daughter and they have to decide to tell people that I’m married to a woman or keep it moving. My grandparents have resolved to view my marriage with Nicole as an ancient Chinese tradition of a “committed sisterhood” which I guess if you really think about it (really hard), sure why not! When I was younger it used to bother me that they didn’t see my relationships like they saw my sisters’. It was a process and we have all learned and grown. I have learned that there are some battles worth fighting and some you just don’t. Communication and education is important but most importantly, don’t give up on them.
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We are a misfit faith community that gathers in DeLand on Sundays at 5pm. Come as you are.
We value highly the metaphor of journey. We’re different people from different places and backgrounds, representing an intergenerational community, and we’ve traveled different paths. So, we agree not to make assumptions about the person across from us, next to us, or in conversation with us. We challenge ourselves to be sensitive, knowing this community includes a diverse group of people from life-long followers of Jesus, to people who are just now open to the idea that God might exist. We strive to avoid offense, ask good questions, articulate and explain our responses. We don’t assume fluency in bible, spirituality, or Church language, because we believe the message of Jesus is not for Christianity, but for humanity. So, we do everything in the spirit of love and grace.