"I'm what the world considers to be a phenomenally successful man. And I've failed much more than I've succeeded.
And each time I fail, I get my people together, and I say, "Where are we going?" And it starts to get better." - Calvin Trager

With Ya, my Ga tutor in Mallam
The Rev. Mike Kinman
Executive Director
Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation
Age: 38

Check out Forsyth School ...
where Robin teaches and
the boys attend.

Since you're already blowing time surfing,
why not do some cool stuff

  • Watch the Make Poverty History videos
  • Watch Sara McLachlan's "World on Fire" video
  • Take a seat at Oxfam America's Hunger Banquet
  • Look at the "Eight Ways to Change The World" photo exhibition
  • See how rich you are on the Global Rich List
  • Make a promise to do something cool -- and get people to do it with you
  • Use your computer to fight HIV/AIDS and other diseases

    While you're at it, do these things
  • Join the ONE Campaign to Make Poverty History
  • Join the Episcopal Public Policy Network
  • Join Amnesty International
  • Subscribe to Sojourners Online newsletter about faith, politics and culture
  • Sign the Micah Call and join other Christians in the fight against poverty
  • Subscribe to a great new magazine about women and children transforming our world

    People who show us What One Person Can Do
  • Liza Koerner (Teaching soccer and doing mission work in Costa Rica)
  • Erica Trapps (Raising money so Tanzanian children can go to school -- check out her photo gallery)

    What's happening in Sudan might
    surprise (and shock) you

  • Episcopal Diocese of Lui
  • South Sudanese Friends International
  • The Sudan Tribune
  • SudanReeves -- research, analysis and advocacy
  • Save Darfur
  • Darfur: a genocide we can stop

    For your daily fix on the irreverent...
  • Jesus of the Week
  • The Onion

    Interesting People Who Are Great To Read
  • Beth Maynard's excellent U2 sermons blog
  • Global Voices Online
  • Neha Viswanathan - poetry, commentary, humor, reflections

    Some interesting organizations and programs
  • Borgen Project - poverty reduction through political accountability
  • CARE
  • Center of Concern
  • DATA: Debt, AIDS and Trade in Africa (Bono's site)
  • El Circulo de Mujeres/Circle of Women
  • Engineering Ministries International
  • Episcopal Peace Fellowship
  • Episcopal Relief and Development
  • FreshMinistries
  • Global Campaign Against Poverty
  • Global Ministries
  • Global Work Ethic Fund -- Promoting philanthropy and fundraising in developing and transition countries.
  • Karen Emergency Relief Fund
  • Magdalene House
  • The M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
  • Natural Capitalism
  • NetMarkAid - Humanitarian Entrepreneurs
  • North American Association for the Diaconate
  • Peace Child International
  • People Building Peace
  • Project Honduras
  • Results - Creating political will to end hunger
  • St. Paul's Institute
  • Stop Global AIDS
  • TakingITGlobal -- connecting youth for action in local and global communities
  • Tanzania Educational AIDS Mission
  • TEAR (Transformation, Empowerment, Advocacy, Relief) - An Australian Christian anti-poverty movement
  • Working For Change
  • Xigi.net -- an open-source tool to aid discovery in the capital markets that fund good.

    Some Episcopal churches and dioceses doing cool things
  • Companions of Swaziland - Diocese of Iowa's Companion Relationship
  • International Development Missions -- St. Paul's Church, Sparks, NV
  • The Malaria Villages Project - St. Paul's Church, West Whiteland, PA

    Must-read books and websites about them
  • What Can One Person Do: faith to heal a broken world -- Sabina Alkire & Edmund Newell
  • The End of Poverty -- Jeffrey Sachs

    Learn more about things you really should know more about
  • UN Millenium Development Goals
  • The Millennium Campaign
  • AIDS Matters - a resource for global AIDS professionals
  • Christian Aid's in-depth report: "Millennium Lottery: Who lives and who dies in an age of third world debt?"
  • Foreign Policy In Focus
  • Poverty Mapping
  • Solutions for a water-short world
  • Transparency International: The global coalition against corruption
  • UNICEF's State of The World's Children report 2005

    General cool and/or goofy stuff
  • Alicebot chat robot
  • Bono Quotes -- but what's really wild is that it's from a page on Boycottliberalism.com!
  • Buffy Slanguage
  • Big Bunny

    Useful web tools
  • Gcast - make your own podcast
  • Podzinger - podcast search engine
  • Orb - streaming digital media

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  • Friday, August 01, 2003
    I've felt for a while that we are a church and a nation of amazing potential waiting to be inspired.

    Tonight, I got a glimpse of what that inspiration looks like.

    It was the Presiding Bishop's Forum on Global Reconciliation. I know ... it sounds like something that you'd find on at 2 am on C-Span. Forget the title, it was mind-enlarging, spirit-lifting, soul-moving and so much more.

    There were five speakers. After each one, you thought the next couldn't be as good and yet for more than two hours they came after each other each at least as compelling as the last.

    *Njongonkulu Ndungane, Archbishop of Cape Town, who spoke about the crippling effects of international debt in simple, understandable, human terms.

    *Jeffrey Sachs, economist and development expert (he taught Bono everything he knows about global debt), who painted a graphic, human picture of the face of poverty and disease in Africa, challenged us with what we have already promised in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and then inspired us with the truth that, for the first time in human history, we have the power to end poverty on earth. In fact, the money that the 400 richest people in the US will save on their Bush tax cut is enough to wipe out malaria and put 3 million people in Africa with HIV/AIDS on antiretroviral drugs.

    *Abigail Nelson, a young woman in her 20s who is the DIrector of Latin American Programs at Episcopal Relief and Development, who preached an eloquent sermon about our connectedness as global citizens and members of Christ's body.

    *Ranjit Matthews, a 24-year old who has done the same YOung Adult Service Corps program that Steve is, who gave a firey speech about how our materialism and consumerism is the fuel behind the global crisis.

    *Finally, Sabina Alkire, an amazing woman I've had the honor of working with a little bit before, an Anglican priest, research writer for the Commission on Human Security at the UN and much more, spoke eloquently and passionately about a new economics that is about not how much money we have to put in our pockets but about how much our efforts give us return in terms of giving us valuable lives. It's an amazing new way of thinking about economics that has the seeds of overthrowing the religion of materialism.

    I look back at this and it seems like a dry list, but I cannot tell you how riveting it was. Every speaker got a standing ovation from the crowd of 800+. Steph and Emily and Steve were there with me ... I wish our whole deputation would have been there. But I know they were as moved by it as I was.

    THe most amazing thing is that despite the dire figures and graphic stories about poverty and death we heard, we all left with a feeling of amazing power and hope. The United Nations Millennium Development Goals (see www.developmentgoals.com) and the challenge to give 0.7% of our GNP as a nation and of our net disposable income as diocese and church towards meeting those goals are the structure, the road map for how we can lead the way doing God's work of global reconciliation.

    It's not just about economists and theories and billions of dollars. It's about Jen Coil putting off getting a paying job as a nurse and going to Tanzania for 6 months to work helping reduce the risk of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS and Steve spending his summer there,too. It's about our diocesan convention and vestries voting to give 0.7% of our NDI to international development. IT's about writing letters and voting. It's about prayer. It's about looking at where we are investing, what we spend our money on and recognizing that we are being challenged by Christ to spend the resources God gave us not on possessions with no spiritual value but on the priceless work of lifting up those who have nothing.

    I hope this sets a tone for the whole COnvention. I hope we can put aside what divides us and get to this business that we have at hand. I'm convinced it will be our greatest joy. I'm convinced it will, in the language of this new economics, give our lives value beyond imagination.

    On a sadder note ... Robin's grandmother died last night. Tomorrow morning (this morning?) I'll fly to Indianapolis and I'll do a graveside service for her on Saturday morning and fly back here Saturday evening. Please keep Maxine and her four daughters -- Suzanne (robin's mom), Peggy, Hogan and Sally in your prayers.

    Christ's peace,

    Mike at 8/01/2003 01:07:00 AM

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    Episcopalians for
    Global Reconciliation

    EGR is an organization resourcing a grassroots movement of spiritual transformation in the Episcopal Church to end extreme poverty on this planet.

    The structure for this movement is the Millennium Development Goals -- 8 goals committed to by all member nations of the UN and a unique partnership of governments and civil society to:

    *End extreme poverty
    *Achieve universal
    primary education

    *Promote gender equalty
    *Improve maternal health
    *Reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS
    *Promote environmental sustainability
    *Build a global partnership for development

    EGR resources and connects the church to embrace what one person, one congregation, one diocese and one church can do to make this mission of global reconciliation happen.

    Want to find out more ... check our our website at www.e4gr.org.

    "Christ's example is being demeaned by the church if they ignore the new leprosy, which is AIDS. The church is the sleeping giant here. If it wakes up to what's really going on in the rest of the world, it has a real role to play. If it doesn't, it will be irrelevant."
    - Bono


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    Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
    by Doris Kearns Goodwin