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.
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:
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:
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.