"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, June 11, 2004
    Couldn't get to an internet cafe yesterday, but I found one in Malam (the community where the CENCOSAD villa is) today, and Mackinnon and I are gleefully checking email! It's no Busy Internet (satellite and high speed), but it's a lot better than many!

    Two days to catch you up on. I'll try to be brief.

    Yesterday, we went to the Overseas Processing Entity -- the agency of Church World Service that processes refugees on behalf of the U.S. State Dept. for all of West Africa. They deal primarilly with refugees from Liberia, but also from Sierra Leone and some other places. The most amazing people were the "cowboys" ... the ones who meet with the refugees and take their persecution stories. We talked for awhile with one in particular ... mostly about how they could really use some counseling.

    We learned a lot about the process of what happens to refugees ... which I won't get into now. Basically, it's a group of amazing,dedicated people who work incredibly hard trying to help the most vulnerable people on earth.

    That was brought home last night when we sat around the villa talking with James and with Anne, a public health grad student at St. Louis University who is also a Liberian refugee. She told us not only her family story but gave us the basic history of the conflict in Liberia.

    So many of the stories involve children being separated from their parents ... something that I am particular vulnerable to being emotional about as I miss my own children so much after just a few days! It is amazing and infuriating to me that our government and others has and continues to play with government and rebel factions like they are pawns in order to get the most favorable military and trade deals ... with innocent people being slaughtered and dislocated and families split apart in the process.

    I've asked Anne if she would come share her stories with us at ECM ... and talk to us about what it is like to be a refugee -- hopefully this will stir up some interest in Andrew's and others' work at the INternational Institute(let me know what you think of this David ... and by the way, David ... we talk about you ALL the time!)

    Today we went to a performance of one of the "Theatre for a Change"groups. It's a local group of volunteer players who go into schools and do street theatre about HIV/AIDS ... then they do a tag-off where they replay the scenes and the audience members have a chance to go up and strategize how they could have solved the problems or resolved the situations better. It was incredibly effective. The people leading it were VERY charismatic and the children were eating out of their hands. It went on for almost two hours and the kids were into it the whole time (age ranging from 7-8 to 14-15)

    At the end, they introduced James (CENCOSAD sponsors this troupe) and he introduced me, and this whole school of children sang me a welcome song about how all nations are dear to creator God. I just stood up there and fought back tears. It was so beautiful.

    I took lots of video of the performance and got a great interview with one of the players for the promotional/fundraising video I'm making for CENCOSAD.

    Other stuff ... finally got a fan in my room ... HOORAY! Also, I got a call today from the pastor at James' church, asking me if I would "say mass" on Sunday. I said sure. Later, I found out that means preaching (they expect a 20 minute sermon ... I'm sure HOpie would tell them that was no problem for me!). I later found out that one reason I was asked is that the priest for that church got called away to sub at a larger church that morning ... so Sunday morning, I'll be flying solo at Christ Church, Malam. Should be interesting. Gotta have a crash course on Ghanian Anglican liturgy tomorrow!

    I'll sign off for now so I can write the boys and Robin. Miss everyone.
    Mike at 6/11/2004 01:01:00 PM

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    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