Turtle Island Project: First Naitve American Round Table Thursday, Sept. 13; First Regional Conference Fri. & Sat., Sept. 14-15, 2007

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The Turtle Island Project’s first regional conference is this week – (Thursday-Saturday) September 13-15, 2007 at the Eden on the Bay Lutheran Church in Munising.

The hours are 7-10 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday.

The Native American roundtable opens the conference on Thursday, followed by two days of presentations and debate by Rev. Dr. George Cairn, a professor at Chicago Theological Seminary. Dr. Cairn will discuss Celtic and Native American spirituality, and post-modern science.

Turtle Island Project volunteer media advisor Greg Peterson reporters.

Turtle Island Project Regional Conference – Fall 2007 – Ecology Series

September 13-15, 2007

Celtic Spirituality, Ecology, and Participative Consciousness

Recreating an Ancient Wisdom Tradition of Relationship

Rev. Dr. George Cairns

Chicago Theological Seminary

Thursday, Sept 13 (Native American Roundtable)

7 – 10 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 14

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 15

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

At this conference, we will examine the integration of Paleolithic Consciousness, Celtic Spirituality, Contemporary Spirituality, and Psychology.

We will be examining ideas and meditating in ways that lead to experiencing the world as not separate from ourselves—no inside, no outside, all in relationship.

We will be reading a selection of works by Calvin Luther Martin, J. Phillip Newell, and Gregory Bateson.

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The TIP will hold biannual national and regional conferences and local seminars to discuss environment and American Indian issues. The meetings will be held this fall and next spring and are called the Grand Island Conference and Retreat Program.

Each regional conference will be preceded by Native American roundtables, the agendas being determined solely by American Indians who contact the TIP.

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Related websites:

Turtle Island Project main website:

http://www.turtleislandproject.org

Turtle Island TV (blipTV)

http://turtleislandtv.blip.tv/

Turtle Island TV (youtube)

http://www.youtube.com/MunisingWhiteHorse

Turtle Island (myspace)

http://www.myspace.com/TurtleIslandProject

Turtle Island Project websites/Blogs:

http://groups.msn.com/WhisperingTurtle

https://turtleislandproject.wordpress.com/

email:

TurtleIslandProject@charter.net

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Turtle Island Project: Fall 2007 – Spring 2008 Schedule:

Grand Island Conference and Retreat Program

The Grand Island Conference and Retreat Program seeks to develop new theological resources and spiritual practices that reflect the place we inhabit, the continent of North America called “Turtle Island” by indigenous communities. It is our hope that these resources and practices will help imagine a new North American Theology with the assistance of First Nations peoples.

We seek to encourage mutual understanding and respect between these communities in order to address issues of health and healing, religion and science, practical theology and environmental issues. We shall accomplish this task by sponsoring regional and national conferences, local seminars, and regional retreats centering on these concerns.

This booklet lists the events sponsored by the Grand Island Conference and Retreat Program for the Upper Peninsula of Michigan during the upcoming year. It is our hope that these events will not only stimulate conversations on the issues, but also help to build ecumenical and interfaith communities.

Seminars will be held at Upfront and Company, 102 East Main Street, Marquette, Michigan.

All conferences, retreats and Native American roundtables will be held at Eden on the Bay, Lutheran Church, 1150 M-28 West, Munising, Michigan.

Rev. Dr. Lynn Hubbard

Director, Turtle Island Project

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About the Conferences

Grand Island is one of the most beautiful and largest islands in Lake Superior. Inhabited for generations by the Ojibwa peoples, it is today the Grand Island National Recreation Area with a wilderness character.

In keeping with such a tranquil and beautiful place, Grand Island Conferences are planned so that all participants will have the opportunity to experience its beauty and power.

The conferences are unique in that they are planned to not only stimulate the intellect, but also provide the aesthetic and spiritual understandings usually associated with a retreat setting.

We will not only be participating in stimulating theological conversations on topics of great importance, but we shall also partake of the beauty of the lake, the island, and the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

We will be taking boat cruises along Lake Superior, hiking in the park and listening to lectures on the parks natural and cultural history.

All of this will take place in and around the community of Munising, Michigan, one of the most beautiful natural settings on Lake Superior.

All Seminars will be held at Upfront and Company, 102 E. Main St, Marquette, Michigan

Conferences and Retreats will be held at Eden on the Bay Lutheran Church, 1150 M-28 West, Munising, MI.

For complete information on the events, please visit our website: turtleislandproject.org

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*** A Native American roundtable will be held at 7 pm (ET) on the Thursday prior to each regional conference – and at others times TBA.

The agenda of the roundtables will be set completely by First Nations peoples.

Native American Theology — Seminar Series

In the Spirit of the Earth – Ecology and Liberation

Tuesdays – November 6, November 13, November 20, and November 27

7 – 10 p.m.

A seminar examining the ecological crisis and the contribution of Native American theology toward a solution.

In this seminar, we will be reading a selection of works from Leonardo Boff, Vine Deloria, Jr., George Tinker and Steve Charleston.

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Regional Ecumenical Retreat – Fall 2007

Quest for Harmony: The Contemplation of Nature in the Christian tradition

Friday, November 9

9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

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Local Seminar Offerings – Fall 2007

Health and Healing — Evening Discussion Series

Tuesdays – October 23 and October 30

7 – 10 p.m.

King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine

Two evenings of exploration into the works of Dr. Robert Moore, Jungian Analyst, and one of the founders of the men’s movement in the United States.

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Local Seminar Offerings – Winter 2007 – 2008

Religion and Science — Evening Discussion Series

Tuesday, December 4

7 – 10 p.m.

Life is a Miracle: Reflections on the Work of Wendell Berry

An evening of conversation on the poet and author who has proven time and again a writer of brilliant moral imagination.

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Religion and Science — Seminar Series

In the Absence of the Sacred: Science as Myth and Religion

Tuesdays – March 4, March 11, March 18, March 25

7 – 10 p.m.

A seminar on the current state of the relationship between science and religion.

In this seminar, we will read selected works from Ian G. Barbour, Wendell Berry, Joseph Campbell, David Leeming, and Ursula Goodenough.

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An Ecumenical Retreat – Spring 2008

The Pipe and Christ: Native American Spiritualities and Christianity

Friday, March 28

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Local Seminar Offerings – Spring 2008

Health and Healing – Evening Discussion Series

Tuesday, April 22

7 – 10 p.m.

The Healing Circle: Spirituality and Sexual Healing – The Role of Spirituality in the Therapeutic Process.

An evening of reflection on the role of ritual process in the healing of juvenile sex offenders.

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Religion and Science – Seminar Series

The Flight of the Wild Gander

Tuesdays – May 20, May 27, June 3, June 10

7 – 10 p.m.

A Series of Conversations on the Nature of Mytho-Poetic Language, Fundamentalism, and the Decline of Christianity.

We will be reading selected works from Mircea Eliade, Joseph Campbell, David Leeming, Calvin Luther Martin.

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Regional Conference – Spring 2008

Religion and Science Series:

Thursday, Friday, Saturday

May 29 – 31, 2008

The Sacred Depths of Nature – The Politics of Religion and Science

Dr. Richard Busse

Indiana University Northwest

Thursday, May 29 (Native American Roundtable)

7 – 10 p.m.

Friday, May 30

10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Saturday, May 31

10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Models for interpreting the relationship between religion and science will be discussed by reviewing the history of First Amendment science/religion litigation and by discussing the theological impact of these decisions, all for the purpose of gaining insight into the interplay of religion, culture, and politics.

Background Text: Edward Larson’s “Summer for the Gods: The Scope’s Trial and America’s Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion.”

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National Conference – Summer 2008

Native American Theology Series

Place and Time of Conference to be announced

A conference on the premiere Native American Theologian of our times, George E. “Tink” Tinker. Mr. Tinker is Professor of Indian Cultures and Religious Traditions at Iliff Theological Seminary in Denver, Colorado and is an enrolled member of the Osage Nation. Among his many publications are Missionary Conquest: The Gospel and Native American Cultural Genocide (Fortress Press, 1993) and Native American Theology (co-authored, 2001).

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For More Information

Turtle Island Project

P.O. Box 360

Munising, Michigan

46982

Email:

Whitehorse006@aol.com

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Seminars will be held at Upfront and Company, 102 East Main Street, Marquette, Michigan.

All conferences, retreats and Native American roundtables will be held at Eden on the Bay, Lutheran Church, 1150 M-28 West, Munising, Michigan.

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TIP is a platform for American Indians to be heard unedited by whites. Rev. Hubbard says whites don't have the knowledge or right to speak on behalf of Native Americans. I specialize in civil rights, outdoor, environmental, cops & courts reporting thanks to my late mentor Jay Mann (Jan Tillman Hutchens), an investigative reporter in Augusta, who lived by the books "Illusions" & "Jonathon Livingston Seagull." Love to fish, hunt, camp & skydive. Belong to Delta Chi national fraternity. I was active in Junior Achievement, band played cornet. With my dear friend, the Rev. Terence A. Dicks, we were the co-coordinators of the 1986 original James Brown Appreciation Day in Augusta, GA, where the Godfather of Soul was always trashed by the local media who found no reasons to print or report anything positive about the music icon. 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