"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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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
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  • Join the ONE Campaign to Make Poverty History
  • Join the Episcopal Public Policy Network
  • Join Amnesty International
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  • 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
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  • Thursday, August 19, 2004
    Regularly, I have revelations that to other people have been obvious all along. This past weekend, I had a revelation that probably makes you say "well ... duh!"

    Our wars are fought by children.

    I'd heard people talk about this before, but it had never hit home before. Part of it is that, growing up, people in the military were all older than me, and then as I grew older they were my peers. And then recently, the only ones you see on TV are the officers giving the briefings. Sure, you see it in M*A*S*H* and in the movies, but that's TV and movies.

    Last weekend, I was in Oklahoma City officiating at the wedding of a young man who used to be in my youth group at St. Michael and St. George. After high school, he joined the Air Force and we've kept in touch as he moved around from basic training to Kuwait to London and finally to Andrews AFB where he and his (now) wife are currently stationed.

    After Stewart picked me up at the airport, we went back to my hotel room and he showed me pictures from his tour in Kuwait. They were pretty typical pictures ... people holding big guns guarding trucks and gates. Interspersed were pictures of locals and camels and stuff like that. But it was the pictures of Stewart and his fellow soldiers that struck me. As I looked at them with their huge guns and body armor, I could only think of one thing:

    My God, they're children.

    Now, in one way, they're really not. I live with college students every day, and calling them young adults is really much more accurate. But in even the most mature of them, there is still a lot of child there. It's not vice but something beautiful. As I approach the ripe old age of 36, I'm finally able to see it.

    And so as I looked at these men and women in the desert ... and as I looked at the honor guard that held their swords over Stewart and Nicki as they walked down the aisle ... it was all I could do to stop shaking my head in disbelief.

    My God, they're children.

    I am used to thinking about this in terms of other countries. In terms of the Sandanistas arming 12 year olds with AK-47s. In terms of terrorist groups using teenagers with bomb-laden backpacks as human land mines. But it's not just them. It's us, too.

    There's a logical argument. The human body is at its physical peak when you're Stewart's age (I can tell you for a fact that even at 35, mine is far from at its peak!). If you're going into battle, you want machinery that is in top, new condition ... not something broken down and used.

    But that logic really gets to the heart of what is wrong with all this ... and why we have war to begin with. It's viewing human beings as machinery to be used ... used against each other.

    I'm not naive enough to think that all wars can just stop ... or even that we stop having them fought by these children who fight them now. I wish it were so, but it's not and, frankly, it ain't gonna be any time soon.

    But maybe, just maybe if we just keep remembering that behind all the rhetoric and all the stuff that makes it to us through the military pool reporters the truth is that when it comes down to it, it's pretty much our children fighting their children ... maybe if we remember that, we be more likely to follow the criteria of Just War theory and use war only as a last resort instead of as a first strike.

    In the meantime, pray for Stewart and Nicki. Pray for Paul Scharre. Pray for all the children, ours and "theirs" (whomever "they" may be). Pray that they might not only be kept from harms way but be kept from having to choose to harm each other.

    Pray for peace.
    Mike at 8/19/2004 07:47:00 AM

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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.

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    "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