"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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  • Saturday, August 28, 2004
    We're beginning the 9th year of Washington University Episcopal Campus Ministry. I guess you would call it nine, even though that first year was just Christiana, Ellen, Randy and me.

    But over those years, it's been the most amazing community I could ever imagine being associated with. In January, I'll be attending the ordination to the priesthood of one of our first members, Noah Evans. We've got two others in seminary and a bunch more on the way. We've added a fantastic deacon in David. We've bought and remodeled a house. We've sent people to Nicaragua, Tazania, Ghana and the Sudan. We've said more hellos and goodbyes than I can count. We've had incredible parties and celebrations and we've held onto each other for dear life when Julia was killed.

    And most of all, we've gathered, time and time and time again -- on the floor in Umrath, in St. George's Chapel, in people's suites and apartments, at retreat centers, and so many times in the front room at Rockwell House -- we've gathered as the Body of Christ to receive the Body of Christ -- and in so doing become more fully what God created us to be.

    I remember my first year at SMSG, I told myself I didn't want to be spending my life working as a priest if it wasn't transforming lives. If there is one thing I can be sure of about the life of this community, it has done just that. I am more grateful than I can express each day that God has put us all here together and that God continues to draw people in and send people out.

    So, even as we start to meet the new students (and we've already met some really awesome new students!), I've been looking at some snapshots of those who have come and gone (and speaking of gone, a good piece of my hair has gone with them). Enjoy. Maybe you'll see yourself!

    Back row (L-R) Cori, Brandy, Doug, Jane, Kate, Me, Peter, Noah.
    Middle row (L-R) Ellen, Sarah, Christiana.
    Front row (L-R) Lisa, Ivy, Amber

    Too many people to name. This is the 2001 Christmas party at Rockwell House.

    Our first night of our pilgrimage to Natchez the spring after Julia died. That's Tom and Leine McNeely on the far left, Rory (still in her pajamas from that morning!), Amanda Tillman (Julia's best friend), David, me, Laurie, Amy, Steph and Jen.

    Christmas party, 2002. Schroedter is in motion in the bottom left. And no, that's not Rory's baby ... it's Hayden. Not pictured -- Emily Gibson, who is behind the couch.

    Our latest group shot ... David's ordination!

    Friday night at the BBQ for incoming freshmen, as I looked around, I saw so many faces that aren't in any of these pictures. That's the wonderful thing about this ministry. Every August is like Christmas with a whole huge group of people like presents under a tree waiting to be unwrapped. And every August also, people whom we have loved for years and still love are off starting next chapters in their lives. Some are doing that in St. Louis. Caroline is in Switzerland. Beth is getting ready for seminary. Sarah is in Med School. Eve and Nicole are in Minneapolis. Laurie is driving around the country writing a book. Hopie is moving to K.C. and then traveling around the world. Amy is headed to Philadelphia to do Servant Year. The list goes on and on and on.

    My dream is to have a reunion in May, 2006. It will have been 10 years of ECM. And the joy of the reunion will not just be getting people back together again, but having the ones whose years never crossed meet each other.

    I really could not be more blessed in my life. With my family. With my friends. And with this amazing community.

    God is good ... all the time.
    Mike at 8/28/2004 09:08:00 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