Lands and Waters Acknowledgement Statement
The Great Lakes Spirituality Project acknowledges that its office is located on the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary lands and waters of the Anishinaabeg - Three Fires Confederacy of Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi peoples, particularly the Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi - who have cared for these lands and waters throughout the generations. We also honor elders both past and present.
The Mission of the Great Lakes Spirituality Project
The Great Lakes Spirituality Project works to further develop a spirituality of the Lakes that values and protects the Great Lakes Basin and the life that depends on these waters.
The Goals of the Great Lakes Spirituality Project
share stories, conversations and reflection around a spirituality of the Great Lakes Basin,
add another spiritual voice to the work of protecting the Lakes, and
serve as a connecting point for spiritual and religious communities and individuals caring for the Lakes and the waters that feed them.
A writer, musician, minister, community organizer, and lover of the Great Lakes, Dan has lived and traveled throughout the Great Lakes Basin, and presently makes his home near the St. Joseph River in southwest Michigan. He earned his Masters in Theological Studies and served for thirty years in a variety of ministries in the Christian tradition, including pastoring a church and campus, music, youth, education, family, and justice ministries, working in partnership with rural, suburban, African-American, and Indigenous communities. You can find out more about his current work at his website, notesbydan.com.
Great Lakes Spirituality Project Icon
The Great Lakes Spirituality Project icon communicates the work of the Project in symbol:
The five waves represent the five Great Lakes – Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario and Superior.
The basin that contains the waves represents the Great Lakes Basin – all the waters that feed the five Great Lakes and the ecosystems within that Basin.
Logo design by Open Space Creative
The empty space above and around the water represents what some might call the Creator, God, the Divine, Ultimate Reality and a thousand other names.
The water drop at the center of the logo represents the importance of water as gift and as that which binds us all together in life and community, with each other and with the Divine.
Together, these symbols call us to protect the water, ecosystems, and all life within the Great Lakes Basin as a spiritual response to the gifts we have received and share with each other.