"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, August 25, 2004
    People are coming back!

    This is my favorite time of the year. All of the returning students are starting to come back into town and tomorrow we start meeting all the freshmen. Jen, Cecily, Rory, Banji and Ryan came over and helped clean Rockwell House today (with Lindsay, of course), and it's looking really great if you don't count the gaping hole in the wall revealing the leaky pipe that caused the wall to disintegrate! Cecily got a new doormat and Jen planted flowers, so it's all looking extra-welcoming.

    I've had some great e-conversations with some incoming freshmen, so it will be great to finally meet them tomorrow. It's wonderful how much the community took ownership of just about everything during my sabbatical --- they really stepped up, and it means we can hit the ground running this year.

    Other notes:

    *Talked with Kevin Jones today. Kevin has been working on something called the Anglican Malaria Project (a joint project of Episcopalians and Anglicans from Southern Africa to provide low-cost, highly effective malaria intervention in Southern Africa). He's also been active in Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation and, with http://www.thegaia.org/aboutus/advisory.htmof http://www.thegaia.org/is working on a mapping project for 0.7%. The goal is to have an easily accessible & navigable online map that would allow people to:
    *see which dioceses and congregations are giving 0.7% -- with links to contact people
    *see where the money is being given and, where possible, have one-click links to their websites
    *search on any topic (e.g. Malaria or AIDS or potable water) and get a list (with links) of who is giving to whom in that area
    When completed, it will give us a complete picture of Episcopal financial involvement in international development. Right now, he, his assistant who is working on the project and I are teleconferencing weekly as we all do data-gathering and as they experiment with beta versions of the map. I'll keep you posted on this.

    Also, if your diocese hasn't passed a resolution committing itself to giving 0.7% of its budget to international development ... or if your congregation hasn't ... or if you personally haven't committed to it, drop me a note and I'll send you all the information you need about how to give, some examples of where to give, a boilerplate resolution for your diocesan convention and lots of other stuff. Of course, you can get most of that from the EGR website.

    *Been talking with two really great priests, Matt Cobb (chaplain at K-State) and Greg Rickel (rector of St. James' Episcopal Church in Austin, TX), who have done a lot of good thinking on the theology of financial policy. No great revelations, but they have been helpful in clarifying my thinking. Two things Greg said in his email to me stood out (I figure he won't mind me sharing):

    All I can say is that the Church, locally and otherwise, tends to see and use money in a hoarding way, out of scarcity and not abundance. The Gospel demands that we risk it and give a lot of it away. I am amazed at how churches and the Church still plan for the "rainy day." My thought, and what I have asked people here is, "is the rainy day only here on our block, or everywhere?" and second to that, "How hard does it have to rain?" I mean, can't we see around us that which we need to do.


    I have always said, we stamp our prayer books and bibles with "property of..." when we ought to be giving them away. We install toilet paper holders that stop you from taking enough to make a difference!, we put coffee kitties out at coffee pots to basically say we can't afford a cup of coffee for you, it is, as we used to call it in my house growing up, "Poor talk" and the church is so good at it.

    The more time I spend with this, the more I'm convinced is the way to tackle this is to walk with people as we examine the foundations of why we do what we do ... and discover what the engine driving it really is. Then we can ask the fundamental question of "is this really what should be driving us?" In the case of financial policy, I find the engine usually is secular policy practices ... which aren't bad in and of themselves but which the church should not substitute for sound theology.

    Wouldn't it be great if we took our next diocesan council meeting and, instead of debating the figures, didn't talk about money at all and really talked, sorted and prayed through what the foundations of our financial policy are and what they should be. I think I'll suggest that. It might be too late ... and also people might just think it's a dumb idea ... but it's worth a shot.

    Mike at 8/25/2004 11:10:00 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