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Green ’19: Green Sacred Texts, Part II (Native American & Buddhist)
March 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$10
Green Sacred Texts is an exploration of diverse texts that speak to the interdependence of all life. $10 – register online:
In this second discussion, we will be joined by Vance Blackfox, who will discuss Indigenous world views related to ceremony and Mother Earth, and Gregory Clines, who will look at Buddhist texts.
Vance Blackfox, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is an alumus of Texas Lutheran University and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Vance has served the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in a variety of ways throughout his life, 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. Building on this foundation, he has also created Other+Wise, a cultural immersion experience for youth across the country. In addition to his extensive work with the ELCA, Vance is a devoted advocate for Native causes. He has held executive director positions at the Haskell Foundation and Oaks Indian Mission, and he currently works as the Communications Director for Native Americans in Philanthropy. He was recently elected President of the Board of Directors for the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition, and he has been appointed Guest Curator at the University of Texas at San Antonio Institute of Texan Cultures. He is also the Indigenous Theologian for the Faith-Based Initiative for the City of San Antonio, where he currently resides.
Dr. Gregory M. Clines is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion at Trinity University, where he teaches classes in Asian religions. He received his PhD from Harvard University’s Committee on the Study of Religion in 2018. Gregory’s research focuses on Jain narrative literature and practices of textual re-composition in pre-modern South Asia. More broadly, Gregory is interested in the relationships among narrative literature, history, and ethics.
Green ’19 is a year-long series of events hosted by Eco Centro and the SoL Center. that will explore the relationships between community, religion and the environment. The ultimate goal of Green ’19 is to become more environmentally sustainable – individually and collectively. Educational offerings include Green Sacred Texts, family-friendly hands-on activities, and a tour of sustainable and eco-friendly features in San Antonio. Green ’19 will also host an Interfaith Earth Day Celebration, Fall Festival, winter barter and recycled gift making workshop. In partnership with the Headwaters at Incarnate Word, Green ’19 will showcase two documentary films. Community events will be added throughout the year.