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Cynthia Chi

Class of 2023

About

Each of the Vestry members were asked to reflect on the following questions:

 

WHY DO YOU FEEL CALLED TO SERVE ON THE VESTRY OF ST. MARK’S?

I was baptized and confirmed in North Carolina the year before I moved to San Antonio, and St. Mark’s has been my spiritual home in San Antonio. As such, I’ve essentially “grown up” at St. Mark’s with its members as my spiritual family - a family that saw me through a career/midlife/existential crisis and kept me grounded in faith, hope, and love. Then, about a year ago, my mother suffered a major heart attack. The members of St. Mark’s prayed for her health and recovery, and the clergy reached out to our family, which was such a comfort. There is no doubt in my mind that your prayers were answered, as God saved her life and restored her to perfect health. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the St. Mark’s community for the care, concern, and support that y’all have shown my family and me during times of need, and I’m blessed to be able to repay that debt through service on the Vestry.

 

PLEASE DESCRIBE YOUR PARTICIPATION AT ST. MARK’S AND/OR IN THE COMMUNITY, INDICATING EXPERIENCES THAT YOU THINK WILL BE HELPFUL FOR THE VESTRY.

In my time at St. Mark’s, I’ve participated in Mind the Gap, the Greeter Ministry, Youth Ministry, Christmas to the Street, Adult Formation (presenting “Health and Wellness Part II” last year), the Care Committee, and The Path Bible study group. In the community I’ve co-founded the Trans-Affirmative Care Team (TACT) at UT Health San Antonio, based in its Department of Pediatrics, and we are working to provide comprehensive medical and mental health care to our local transgender community. Prior to my commitment to TACT, I served on the Board of Directors of the Innocence Project of Texas and chaired its Fundraising and Outreach Committee. My hope is that my interest in and experience with advocacy will be of value to the Vestry. I also have volunteered at the San Antonio Humane Society since 2017 and at the San Antonio Food Bank with Team Rubicon during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

ST. MARK’S CORE VOCATION IS FEEDING SAN ANTONIO WITH THE BREAD OF LIFE: FEEDING THE HUNGRY WITH REAL FOOD; FEEDING THOSE WHO ARE HUNGRY FOR KNOWLEDGE AND MEANING; FEEDING THOSE WHO ARE HUNGRY FOR BEAUTY AND CREATIVITY. HOW DO YOU ENVISION THE VESTRY WORKING IN SUPPORT OF THIS VOCATION?

There are (at least) eight dimensions of wellness: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, vocational, financial, and environmental. The current and incoming members of the Vestry all have unique gifts that can help us to collectively promote each of these facets of wellness for our St. Mark’s community. I look forward to learning more about our parish’s needs and strategizing, as a team, ways in which we can meet those needs - and I would love for us to develop more opportunities for all of our members to actively engage in our Core Vocation. Working together, I am confident that we can continue to sustain but actually grow our commitment to service - within St. Mark’s and throughout San Antonio.

 

WHEN DID YOU JOIN ST. MARK’S AND WHAT CONTINUES TO DRAW YOU TO THIS COMMUNITY?

I joined St. Mark’s in 2016, and from day one I have appreciated how welcoming and affirming it has been for people from all walks of life. Now, more than ever, we need examples and models of inclusivity in our society, and I am thankful to be a part of a church community that provides a safe space for all who seek fellowship and wish to worship.

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