Meet Cassandra Chee
Degree Program – Master of Divinity
Hometown – Kirkland, Washington
I am 2.5th generation Korean, fourth generation Okinawan, and fifth generation Chinese. I grew up on Duwamish land, also known now as Kirkland, Washington. I attended the University of Washington, where I graduated with a degree in visual communications design. I enjoy block printing, playing ukulele and piano, singing, and listening to stories.
Why did you decide to attend seminary and GarrettEvangelical in particular?
I decided to attend seminary because I wanted to learn more about how the gospel is liberating for those who have been historically oppressed by it. I also wanted to learn how God has positioned me to work alongside those who are marginalized and oppressed by churches. I decided to attend Garrett-Evangelical because it is a place where I am known not only as a student, but also as a community member.
What are you enjoying most about your seminary experience so far?
I have enjoyed that Garrett-Evangelical is a place where curiosity is welcome in the classroom. It is refreshing for me to witness faculty facilitate conversation in which both faculty and students can humbly learn from one another.
How has your faith been strengthened since attending Garrett-Evangelical?
Garrett-Evangelical has strengthened my faith by giving me the tools to think critically. I am being invited to reframe my inherited theology by thinking about “What questions did we ask today?” instead of “What did we learn today?” Learning in this framework has helped me to deconstruct my theology and to begin to heal from the parts of my faith that are laced with white heteropatriarchy.
Where do you see Christ leading you after seminary?
I do not know where the Spirit will lead me after seminary, but I know my work will center on being a force of love in solidarity with my chosen family: queer people of color.