Before I started working at CLU, I knew very little about the university. I had two friends who worked here who were out and in a relationship.
"Still," I thought, "This is a Christian university. How tolerant can it be towards gay people like myself?"
At the time this was a big concern for me. I had only been out for less than a year at this time and felt that I couldn't be who I was at my previous employer. My friends convinced me to get over the stereotypes I had about all Christian institutions being closed-minded and I applied for a position here.
I got that position and have found an open, supportive, educational home in CLU for over 9 years now. I have always felt welcome here, and as a result I look at people of faith in a different way. Because of CLU I also continue to learn and grow as a human being.
Everyone that I spoke with and emailed already knew of my arrival and were very friendly towards me and each other.
Community is what brought me to CLU and community is what makes me want to stay.
I think this is one of CLU’s strong points- there were always faculty members encouraging us to press on.
Today, 37 years later, I still remember my arrival and do not regret it.
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