Turtle Island Project: The Founders and Goals

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The Turtle Island Project in northern Michigan was founded by two Midwest pastors who believe the future of mankind and world is at a crossroads.

Rev. Dr. Lynn Hubbard and Rev. Dr. George Cairns believe that Christians could learn a lot about nature and the environment by listening to Earth-basec cultures like Native Americans, Celts, and other Indigenous peoples.

Rev. Hubbard is an evangelical Lutheran pastor, and Rev. Cairns is an ordained United Church of Christ minister.

Both have extensive backgrounds in interfaith and multicultural work.

Turtle Island Project volunteer media advisor Greg Peterson has more on the founders and their goals.

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Turtle Island Project related websites:

Turtle Island Project main website:


Turtle Island TV (blipTV)


Turtle Island TV (youtube)


Turtle Island (myspace)


Turtle Island Project websites/Blogs:





Links to groups/organizations in video/bios (see bios below) of the founders of the Turtle Island Project:

“The Community of Religions” – a book by Rev. George Cairns and Wayne Teasdale:




Eden on the Bay Lutheran Church Munising, MI – Rev. Lynn Hubbard:


The Iona Community – Worldwide:



Spiritual Directors International:





Parliament of the World’s Religions:








Chicago Theological Seminary:





University of Chicago – Rockefeller Chapel:







Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago:



Valpraiso University:




University of Indiana:






Lutheran/Church sites in St. Croix, Virgin Islands:

List of St. Croix Churches:


ELCA Carribean Synod:





ELCA St. Croix Churches:

(Christus Victor Lutheran Church, Kingshill Lutheran Church, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Lord God of Sabaoth Lutheran Church)





Lord God of Sabaoth Lutheran Church – St. Croix, Virgin Islands:


St. Croix Tourism site:


Lakota Rosebud Sioux Reservation – official website of Sicangu Lakota Tribe:


Lakota Newspaper:


Catholic Theological Union – Claude Marie Barbour:


Other Books shows in video:






Rev. Dr. Lynn Hubbard, M.Div., D.Min.

Rev. Hubbard is founder/director of the Turtle Island Project in Munising, MI

He is the pastor at Eden on the Bay Lutheran Church in Munising

In addition to graduating from Valparaiso University and holding advanced degrees from the Lutheran School of Theology and Chicago Theological Seminary, Lynn has studied at the Pedagogische Hochschule Reutlingen, Germany, the Religious Studies Department at the University of Indiana, and the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. For many years he worked as the Associate Dean of Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago.

He has served a number of churches throughout the Chicago area, and lived on the island of St. Croix, in the Virgin Islands, pastoring two Afro-Caribbean Lutheran congregations. He has had extensive experience in both the inter faith and ecumenical communities, and served as the Director of Development for the Parliament of World’s Religious.

Most recently, in working in his capacity as spiritual director for Juvenile sex offenders, he has given national and international conference presentations on “Creating Ritual Process for Juvenile Sex Offenders from a Cross Cultural Perspective”.

He is currently the minister of Eden on the Bay, Lutheran Church in Munising Michigan. He travels regularly to the Lakota Sioux reservations in South Dakota, where he helps prepare graduate theological students in cross-cultural ministerial training. He has been honored by members of the Sicangu tribe of the Lakota people in being asked to serve as a fire keeper for their Sundance ceremonies.

George F. Cairns, M.Div., Ph.D.

Rev. Cairns is chairman of the board of the Turtle Island Project in Munising, MI

George is a semi-retired minister, professor of practical and spiritual theology at Chicago Theological Seminary, and is a clinical psychologist. George helped found the Parliament of the World’s religions and with Wayne Teasdale wrote/edited a book about this process.

His current work concerns Celtic spirituality, centering prayer, and their integration into a theology of practical action for healing, justice, and peace.

He has practiced and taught Centering Prayer since 1986. He has taught centering prayer in several unusual settings including a Native American cultural center and a maximum security prison. He has published papers on this work.

George and his wife Nancy have taught an early and little known Christian practice known as “jubilation.” This form of sung praise produces a whole chord of sound by an individual. When practiced in community, sounds appear which no one is making.

He is a former member of the Forge Guild, an international group which encourages spiritual teachers from different religious traditions to explore one another’s practices and Spiritual Directors International. He and Nancy are associates/members of two covenantal Christian communities: The Iona Community based in Scotland, and; the Shalom Community based in Chicago.


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I am a news reporter, writer and investigative journalist and began my career about 40 years ago as a young teenager in Augusta, GA after moving south during the middle of high school. I'm a news reporter, writer & investigative journalist specializing in street news, plus Indigenous, civil rights & environment reporting. Currently volunteer media advisor for numerous American Indian & environment related nonprofits that include the Navajo Lutheran Mission in Rock Point, AZ & its executive director Rev. Dr. Lynn Hubbard, the nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute (CTI) in Marquette, MI & its many projects founded by Rev. Jon Magnuson, Author Joy Ibsen of Trout Creek, MI, Celtic Christianity Today (CCT) founded by Rev. Dr. George Cairns, the Turtle Island Project founded by pastors Hubbard & Cairns. In its third summer, the CTI Zaagkii Wings & Seeds Project & its volunteers built a16-foot geodesic dome solar-powered greenhouse that was built in this summer at the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) in an effort to restore native species plants to northern Michigan. It's located at the tribe's Natural Resources Department north of L'Anse along Lake Superior. During the summer of 2010, Zaagkii Project teens built & painted 25 beautiful reliquaries that are boxes made from pine & cedar that are used to store seeds for planting & included samples of Native American medicine including sweetgrass, cedar, sage & tobacco. From April-June 2009, I promoted the EarthKeeper Tree Project that planted 12,000 trees across northern Michigan. Co-edited "Unafraid," the second book by Author Joy Ibsen of Trout Creek, MI that was printed in May 2009 based on her father's handwritten sermons she found in shoebox. I edited numerous videos for nonprofit CCT. Began career 35 years ago as teenager in Augusta, GA after moving south during middle of high school. I was co-coordinator of the 1986 original James Brown Appreciation Day in Augusta, GA, where the Godfather of Soul was always trashed by local media who didn't report anything positive about the music icon. Mr. Terence Dicks was the other co-coordinator & most recently served as chair of the Augusta Human Relations Commission and serves on the Georgia Clients Council. Mr. Brown taught us to "fight the good fight" by battling all forms of racism & evil while not uttering a bad word about those who try to block justice, respect, fairness & kindness to all. As a child, I lived in the Harbert, Michigan home built by late poet Carl Sandburg, where the legendary author penned some of his greatest works including his Chicago works & Lincoln papers. The four-story home had a sundeck on the top & a cool walk-in safe in the basement. The neighborhood (Birchwood) has numerous cottages used for other purposes by Sandburg like the milk house where they milked goats. My parents remodeled fourth floor of the home that stands atop the Lake Michigan sand dunes/bluffs. They found items that belonged to Mr. Sandburg concealed in the walls including prescription bottles with his name, reading glasses, & a small, thin metal stamp with his name. I've worked for dozens of newspapers & radio & TV stations in GA & MI. I'm volunteer media advisor for several interfaith environmental projects involving Native Americans across Upper Peninsula of MI including the Turtle Island Project, The Zaagkii Project, the Interfaith Earth Healing Initiative, EarthKeeper Initiative & the Manoomin (Wild Rice) Project. The Zaagkii Wings & Seeds Project restores bee & butterfly habitat to help pollination of plants following death of billions of bees. Keweenaw Bay Indian Community youth & Marquette teens built butterfly houses, planted/distributed 26,000 native plants to help pollinators. The Earth Healing Initiative assisted EPA Great Lakes 2008 Earth Day Challenge. EHI helped organize interfaith participation across eight states for the 100 plus recycling projects (April 2008) involving recycling millions of pounds of electronic waste & proper disposal of millions of pills/pharmaceuticals. EPA goals were exceeded by 500%. Under an EPA grant, EHI provided free media services for the cities/groups/tribes including videos & press releases. The EarthKeeper environment projects include an annual Earth Day Clean Sweep (2005-2007) at 24 free drop-off sites across a 400 mile area of northern Michigan that collected over 370 tons of household hazardous waste. The 2007 EarthKeeper Pharmaceutical Clean Sweep collected over one ton of drugs plus $500,000 in narcotics in only three hours. Some 2,000 residents participated & many brought in pharmaceuticals for their family, friends & neighbors. In 2006, 10,000 people dropped off over 320 tons of old/broken computers, cell phones & other electronic waste, all of which was recycled. In 2005, residents turned in 45 tons of household poisons & vehicle batteries. The Manoomin (Wild Rice) Project teaches teens to respect nature & themselves by having American Indian guides escort them to remote lakes & streams in northern Michigan to plant/care for wild rice. The teens test water quality to determine the best conditions for the once native grain to survive. The Turtle Island Project was co-founded in July 2007 by Rev. Lynn Hubbard of Rock Point, AR (Ex. Dir. of the Navajo Lutheran Mission) & Rev. Dr. George Cairns of Chesterton, IN, United Church of Christ minister & research professor for the Chicago Theological Seminary. TIP promotes respect for culture & heritage of indigenous peoples like American Indians. 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. I am honored to help the human rights activist Terence Dicks - with some of his projects including the nonprofit Georgia Center for Children and Education - and the economic initiative he founded titled "Claiming A Street Named King." I am the volunteer media advisor for several environmental projects across Michigan's Upper Peninsula including EarthKeeper II - an Initiative of the nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute in Marquette, MI. EarthKeepers II is an Interfaith Energy Conservation and Community Garden Initiative across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Goals: Restore Native Plants and Protect the Great Lakes from Toxins like Airborne Mercury in cooperation with the EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, U.S. Forest Service, 10 faith traditions and Native American tribes like the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Previously known as the Earth Keeper Initiative - that project included many environmental projects including an annual Earth Day Clean sweep at two dozen free drop off sites across a 400 mile area of northern Michigan. The target of the 2007 Earth Keeper Pharmaceutical Clean Sweep are all kinds of medicines. In 2006, some 10,000 people dropped off over 320 tons of old/broken computers, cell phones and other electronic waste, all of which was recycled. In 2005, residents turned in 45 tons of household poisons and vehicle batteries. The Manoomin (Wild Rice) Project taught at-risk teens (just sentenced in juvenile court) to respect nature and themselves by having American Indian guides escort them to very remote lakes and streams in northern Michigan to plant and care for wild rice. The teens conducted water quality and other tests to determine the best conditions for the once native grain to survive. I have always specialized in civil rights, outdoor, environmental, cops and courts reporting thanks to my late mentor Jay Mann (Jan Tillman Hutchens), an investigative reporter in Augusta, who lived by the book "Illusions."
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