"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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  • Monday, August 23, 2004
    A week or so ago, I had to turn in our budget for ECM for 2005. It was the best I've ever felt about turning in a budget.

    For one thing, for the first time it wasn't me putting together the budget but our student leadership. But more than that, it was the process (though somewhat rushed) that we went through to to get there.

    We didn't start by talking about money. Instead, we did some Bible study and prayed and started talking about what we felt God was calling us to do and who God was calling us to be in 2005. My instructions to them were to come up with a vision that they were so committed to, that they were so sure what God had in mind for us, that they were going to commit to doing it no matter how the financial situation turned out or changed.

    This made the budgeting process incredibly easy ... and it was only then that we turned to look at money. We figured out how much it would cost to accomplish what it was we're being called to do. And, operating from the philosophy that God never calls us to something without making the resources available, they figured out where it was going to come from.

    The result was a budget that actually was a decrease in asking from the diocese from 2004 ... but included a $9,500 commitment on behalf of the students -- through a combination of funding from Student Union, donations requested for specific events, and tithing.

    I write about this because I think the way we do financial policy -- particularly budgeting -- as a church is pretty backwards. In my experience, we look at the expected pile of money we have and then decide what we can do.

    People trumpet this as good financial sense -- staying within your means, not running a deficit. I disagree. While it might be good financial sense for a business, it is just terrible for a church. Our mission is not to be smart "money managers" ... our job is to be faithful to God's call.

    Assuming that we can only do what our expected money allows us is the exact same thing as saying to God "yeah, I know you are asking me to do these things ... but I don't believe that you are really going to provide for them, so we're going to say 'sorry ... can't.'"

    I'm not talking about making grand and irresponsible plans and throwing money around carelessly. I'm talking about honestly discerning the vision of God's mission ... and then having the courage to step out in faith and commit to it.

    The irony is, I think if we would do this, the money that would come in would increase hugely. Exhibit A is the one time in my memory that we actually did this in the Diocese of Missouri. Bishop Hays Rockwell was advised by the consultants and lots of other people that the late 1990s was the wrong time to do a capital campaign for our diocese. But he believed that the four things for which he was raising money were truly what God had in mind for us ... and so he went ahead and we raised $4 million -- $1 million more than the consultants' best-case scenario.

    We are prisoners of our money. The tighter we hold onto it, the more of a grip it has on us. And because it holds us so tightly, we, who are so wealthy, believe we are poor.

    That's right. I just came from spending 6 weeks in the Diocese of Accra ... a diocese that has exponentially LESS money than the Diocese of Missouri. But if you ask someone in Missouri what our financial state is like, they will probably describe us as being in crisis or at least in trouble. If you ask someone in Accra the same question, the answer you will get is "we are rich ... look at how much God has given us."

    There are so many ways I fall short of God's hopes for me that I can't keep track of them. It doesn't upset me that we as the church are falling short ... we're human and even when we try our best, we're going to fall short a lot of the time. What gets me is that we are falling short and calling it virtue ... and convincing ourselves that striving for the kind of radical trust and faith that Christ calls us to is foolishness.

    We are becoming the antithesis of what God calls us to be ... and congratulating ourselves for it. And it will only change when individuals and congregations do something different.

    We'll see what happens this year. We've done the easy part ... all the stuff that's on paper. We'll see how hard we have to work to make it happen. I'll bet we have to work plenty hard ... and I'll also bet that'll be a really good thing. That we'll end up with a renewed sense of what God is capable of doing through us and what is possible when we trust.
    Mike at 8/23/2004 09:06:00 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


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    Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
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