"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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  • Thursday, March 11, 2004
    God works in weird and wonderful ways.

    I often keep my cell phone in my front pocket -- the backlash of which is the times when I forget to put the keylock on and end up accidentally dialing someone stored in the phone without knowing it.

    Last night was one of those times. I was blogging (believe it or not!) around 9:15 and I heard the sound of a phone ringing on the other end of the line, quickly got my phone out and hung it up, hoping I hadn't disturbed the person on the other end of the line (and hoping they didn't have caller ID!).

    Well, early this morning I got a call from a good friend and fellow priest out East whose number I had unwittingly called. I hadn't talked with her in 7 months and she had left her phone in her car last night and when she got in this morning, she saw that I had called, so she called me back. Embarrassed, I confessed what had happened and she got a good laugh out of it ... and then I asked her how she was doing.

    It turns out she was having a really rough time. The parish where she is rector had been hammered by finances so she was losing funding for her assistant. Much worse than that, she was having major problems in her marriage. Everything was raining down at once and it really, really sucked.

    I didn't have any great words of wisdom. THere really aren't any. Sometimes life just craps on you, and when it does you have to pray a lot and lean on those whom God has given you. So her life is still really, really hard, but I think it was good for her just to be able to talk to someone who is enough removed from it to tell her that she is as wonderful as she really is, that she's not crazy and that she's going to get through this and that people love here. And I was blessed enough to be able to be that person when she needed it.

    My own tendencies toward arrogance and believing I'm in control over my own life make me uncomfortable believing in a God who intervenes in our lives in ways like making a phone dial. I've got all the really good logical arguments against it ... like "If God can intervene to make a phone dial, why can't God just intervene and make a loyal tither in my friend's parish win the lottery ... or help her husband to see the merits of getting into counseling?"

    But that's a stupid mental game to play, because it's even more arrogant still ... me presuming I can know the ways of God. The truth is, I haven't a clue why my phone dialed her number of all numbers last night and why she chose to call me back this morning. I could view it as a happy coincidence, but I've just got a sense I can't shake that it's something more.

    And in a world where we are told what truth is in ways that are so often cold and bleak, the recognition that there is a deeper truth, a foundational force and person of love who continues to guide us and break through into our lives and, yes, even connect us to each other is a glorious and joyful truth indeed.

    So I'm joyful today. I'm joyful because whether by coincidence or divine intervention, God enabled and allowed me to be there for a friend.

    Can't beat that.

    Mike at 3/11/2004 04:37:00 PM

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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


    What I'm Reading
    Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
    by Doris Kearns Goodwin