Campus Ministry welcomes special guest and TLU graduate Vance Blackfox to lead a chapel on Monday, November 16, at 10 a.m. in celebration of Native American Heritage Month. The service will feature singing in Cherokee, a Native American liturgy, and smudging.
Vance Blackfox, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is the director of Other+Wise, a multi-site cultural immersion program for youth from across the country. An alumnus of Texas Lutheran University and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Vance has served the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in multiple capacities, from taking a post as National President of the Lutheran Youth Organization during his TLU days, to later working for the Women of the ELCA, Augsburg Fortress Publishers, California Lutheran University, ELCA Youth Gathering, and LSTC’s Youth in Mission. At present, he is the Indigenous Theologian and Coordinating Team Member for the ELCA’s Theological Round Table, as well as creator and producer of the Vine Deloria Jr. Theological Symposium hosted at LSTC.
Vance has also served Indian Country in a variety of ways throughout his life. He presently serves as Director of Communications at the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition, previously served as the Director of Communications for Native Americans in Philanthropy and has held executive director positions at the Haskell Foundation and Oaks Indian Mission. Vance has served as both President and Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition, and previously served as Guest Curator of the Indian Museum at the University of Texas at San Antonio Institute of Texan Cultures. He is also presently the Indigenous Theologian for the Faith-Based Initiative for the City of San Antonio, where he currently resides.