"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

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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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  • Monday, April 12, 2004
    Who is the most popular person of all time?

    An interesting question ... and what better way to answer it than to google a whole bunch of names and see how many sites come up.

    The first name I Googled was Jesus Christ (you couldn't just put "Jesus" in there because like saying "Bob", you get a whole bunch of sites about Jesus Martinez and the like - I also ran into this problem on a much bigger scale with Madonna and was unable to resolve it).

    Our Lord and Savior racked up 5,310,000 sites on Google.

    That seemed pretty good ... and it seemed even better when I started putting in some other names and seeing how J.C. stacked up:

    Buddha - 3,270,000
    Mohammed - 2,000,000
    Krishna - 1,480,000
    Allah - 3,360,000
    Dalai Lama - 569,000
    John Paul II - 1,070,000
    Desmond Tutu - 142,000
    Rowan Williams - 43,100

    So Jesus seems to be in pretty good shape in the realm of religious figures. But can he hack it in the secular world? Well, first results are encouraging:

    Michael Jordan -- 1,410,000
    Barry Bonds - 687,000
    Jessica Simpson - 957,000
    Nick Lachey - 63,600 (Ouch ... not the good end of that power couple)
    Janet Jackson - 2,140,000
    Michael Jackson - 2,400,000
    George W. Bush - 4,290,000 (getting DANGEROUSLY close)
    John Kerry - 2,210,000 (those numbers gotta go up)
    Ralph Nader - 544,000
    Howard Dean - 1,260,000 (Hey ... he's more popular than Jessica Simpson)
    Christina Aguilera - 2,330,000
    Demi Moore - 599,000
    Harrison Ford - 1,180,000
    Steven Spielberg - 633,000
    Tom Hanks - 566,000
    Ronald Reagan - 1,080,000
    Bill Clinton - 2,530,000
    Hillary Clinton - 449,000
    Regis Philbin - 52,700
    Jennifer Lopez - 2,940,000
    Ben Affleck - 766,000
    Matt Damon - 390,000
    Bill Gates - 2,760,000
    Al Gore - 1,770,000 (not bad, until you consider he invented the internet)

    But what about historical figures?

    George Washington - 3,050,000
    Isaac Newton - 583,000
    Adolf Hitler - 556,000
    Michelangelo - 1,170,000
    John F. Kennedy - 2,100,000
    Franklin D. Roosevelt - 509,000
    Diana, Princess of Wales - 160,000
    Mother Teresa - 347,000
    Atilla the Hun - 9,600

    and, just to keep myself nice and humble

    Mike Kinman - 96 (Atilla the Hun is 100 times more popular than me!)

    So all through it, Jesus is standing pretty tall. Some get a little close, but none can topple the rabbi from Galilee.

    Except one.

    One name. One person is so popular that they can actually make the Beatles' claim that she is "bigger than Jesus" (BTW, if you're wondering: The Beatles - 1,790,000; John Lennon - 947,000; Paul McCartney - 743,000; George Harrison - 590,000; Ringo Starr - 220,000 -- all of them together don't add up to Jesus).

    It is entirely predictable, but that doesn't stop it from being one of the seven signs of the apocalypse.

    In first place, with a whopping 5,440,000 -- beating the savior of the whole world by 130,000, she's not a girl, not yet a woman, she is .....

    Britney Spears.

    Can you believe it? Britney is more popular than Jesus. Well, of course you can believe it -- any society that can produce the "Nick and Jessica Variety Hour" is capable of making choices like this. But it is enough to curdle your cocoa.

    Except for this.

    God - 61,700,000

    Britney ... Who's your daddy?
    Mike at 4/12/2004 11:17:00 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