"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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  • Wednesday, June 09, 2004
    We found her!

    We reached Mackinnon by phone in Wisconsin as she was heading out the door to go to the airport ... she gave us the wrong dates ... or James got them wrong, or something. Anyway, we pick her up at 7 tonight!

    What a great meeting today with Bishop Akrofi -- the Bishop of Accra, who has been elected primate of West Africa (but has not yet taken that office because of some canonical problems with the election that are really ticky=tack and will be resolved). I didn't know how formal he would be so I dressed in my clericals (damn those cotton-poly blends .. in this heat, the holiness code makes some sense!), greeted him on behalf of Wayne Smith, Bishop of Missouri, and gave him one of the Anglican rosaries that Melanie Barbarito made as a small token of friendship.

    He sat down, fully vested, in the bishop's chair in his office ... and proceeded to be as affable, casual and friendly as I could have hoped.

    He is an amazingly prayerful person. We talked about the church here in Ghana and in America and it was amazing the similarities. He was talking about how the charismatic churches are growing so much faster than they are, how his church is holding on to old systems and not letting the youth have enough of a voice and staying elite and not bringing the faith to the people. He said that yes, their church is growing, but it pales in comparison to these other faiths ... and that's the story that we don't hear in America.

    I was very open with him about how I voted at General Convention -- he said he was there -- and we had the most amazing conversation about it. What happened -- the vote -- was very painful to them, some more than others. But more than anything, he wanted reconciliation because he believes that is the essence of the Gospel. He is a wonderful, reasonable person. We were able to talk frankly about the perceptions of the American church in Africa.

    I feel we both agreed that there is a vast middle in between the radical right and left that wants reconciliation, and that if we work hard and continue to build partnerships like the one we are working on now, God's love will prevail.

    It was also so valuable for me to hear from this prayerful, reasonable bishop how hurtful some of the talk he heard at General Convention from the left (pro-Gene) was. How -- regardless of the intent -- it felt like they were being told that we had discerned God's will for the church and the world and that when they wised up they would realize it.

    It is difficult -- almost impossible -- for me to hear complaints about our arrogance from the far right, who, to my mind have been every bit as arrogant as anybody. But the words from Bishop Akrofi were gentle and kind. I expected to go in and get grilled, but he was so loving. It was the best of what I believe our church can be with each other across this divide and across the globe. We all have much to confess and repent of. We also have much to be joyful about.

    He said he wanted to meet with me again before I left ... maybe I can bring Robin or Mackinnon next time.

    We ended on a great note ... we were chatting outside as we were getting ready to leave and it turns out we both went to Yale Divinity School (him in the 70s) and even know some of the same people. We laughed and embraced, and at the end we prayed for each other and this wonderful man laid his hands on me and gave me his blessing. Think of that for a second, here I am, one who chaired a deputation that helped do the one thing that we are being told by some will be the end of the church, with one of those who is supposed to have been the most disaffected by it -- and we are talking and laughing and praying together and leaving with each other's prayers and blessings.

    I don't think I ever feared for the church, but I certainly don't now. We have a lot of work ahead of us. But if this morning is any small indication, I believe reconciliation and love will prevail.

    Big shift -- Stretch of the day ... I ate goat meat! Tasted pretty good ... pretty rich. Kind of feeling it now. Was at lunch with James on this rooftop cafe. Funny thing was that I'm here in Accra, eating goat meat, surrounded by everything African and the music on the loudspeaker was all 80s pop -- Huey Lewis, Air Supply ... that kind of stuff.

    Weather here is GOOD! Not as hot as I thought. Pretty humid, but the rainshowers cool things down and make it pleasant. When I go up north, it will be hotter but less humid.

    Must go now ... have to try to arrange tomorrow visit with the Overseas Processing Entity (the folks from the UN who take care of refugees in west africa).

    Love to you all! Pray for me and my family.
    Mike at 6/09/2004 10:32:00 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


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