"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 04, 2004
    PIRATES 2, CUBS 1.
    Mark Prior came off the disabled list to strike out eight in six scoreless innings, but the Cubs blew a 1-0 lead, giving up two runs in the ninth to lose to Pittsburgh.

    Jim Fallis died tonight at 7:30 pm in Columbia, MO. I knew he was going to die today, and so as I drove my kids around town I listened through the static to the Cubs game feeling in some way that defies maturity and rationality that it would make some sort of a difference if his Cubbies could pull one out -- especially with Prior finally on the mound.

    I remember one day about 11 years ago, Jim and I were hanging out in his office talking about the Cubs when he looked at me and said, "You, when you get to be my age, being a Cubs fan starts to be about mortality." In other words, you really start to wonder if they would ever win it in your lifetime.

    From that point on, I started to root for the Cubs for Jim. I really, really, really wanted them to win it in his lifetime. I really, really, really, wanted to be able to call him the day after they made it to the World Series, the day after they won it all and hear the joy in his voice.

    I thought last year was going to be the year -- but in true Cub fashion, they broke everyone's hearts ... even Jim's as he was sitting in an Irish pub thousands of miles away.

    So I drove around today listening to the Cubs and hoping, on this day that Jim's mortal body would say goodbye, that his Cubs could send him off with a win.

    The Cubs broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the eighth. Todd Hollandsworth hit a run-scoring single and it was 1-0. Three outs and Jim got his W. But with two outs in the ninth and a runner on second, consecutive singles -- the last by Chris Stynes -- gave Pittsburgh the lead.

    The Cubs had the tying run on third with two out in the bottom of the ninth, but Corey Patterson (he just HAD to have been Jim's favorite Cubs prospect, he was always talking about him) flied out to end the game ... in typical, excruciating Cub fashion.

    I remember when Bob Skinner died, Susie wrote a letter saying we are Easter people living in a Good Friday world. Jim would say that being a Cub fan is a lot like that, too. Jim's life as a Cub fan was week after week of Good Fridays. Why should this Friday be any different. In truth, it shouldn't have been. And, of course, it wasn't.

    But Good Friday isn't the end. It never is. Jim is in that Easter now, seeing it more clearly and more fully than even he had seen it before. I'll miss him in this world, that's for sure ... but we're still connected -- we've been promised that.

    Maybe heaven is a place where the Cubs finally win (a horrific thought to Cardinals fans!). Literally, I don't believe that, but poetically, I do. Easter is about new life from death, and what fits more with that than the Cubs actually winning?

    Maybe Jim and Harry Caray are sharing a beer right now watching that ball Patterson hit get down and roll to the wall and get lost in the ivy for an inside-the-parker and a Cubs victory. Cubs 3, Pirates 2.

    If he is at that Wrigley watching that game, God knows, Jim, you've earned it.

    Hope the beer is good and cold.

    Mike at 6/04/2004 11:16:00 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