Author: Vance Blackfox

Vance Blackfox received an MATS from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and has worked in social services, with a focus on youth.

A Reflection on the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly’s Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery

In 2016 the ELCA publicly repudiated the “doctrine of discovery”–the idea that Europeans “discovered” the Americas, when in fact they stole it from peoples who had discovered it thousands of years earlier. Blackfox reflects on what the ELCA has committed itself to do and the fruitful possibilities that could come from such actions, while also questioning if it will happen.