"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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  • Sunday, December 19, 2004

    So the big news this week is it looks like I'm going to the Sudan after Easter.

    It's a diocesan trip, and Bishop Smith is going (Debbie, his wife, went two years ago ... on the trip with Sarah Stanage) along with me and six others -- three of whom are ECM students or alum (Emily Bloemker, Tina Grant and Reynolds Whalen). It's a 10-day trip, including travel ... which is pretty short, but that's all the Bishop's calendar will allow. We'll fly into Nairobi, stay at a Methodist guest house there, then take a Cessna across the border into Sudan, where we'll stay in the Diocese of Lui for four full days and parts of two others before making the trek back.

    One of the things I know from talking with Sarah and others who have gone to Sudan is that there are ways it makes the trip to Ghana like a bike ride through Forest Park. Ghana is in really good shape for sub-Saharan Africa ... and, needless to say, Sudan is not. There is great hope there will be a formal peace agreement by the time we go, or at least the current truce will still be holding. The poverty is extreme ... and it manifests itself most noticably in lack of water (knew growing up in the desert would come in handy someday).

    It's incredibly exciting ... and pretty unbelievable, too. We're looking at setting up a companion relationship with the Diocese of Lui, so this trip is important in relationship-building. It's also important for our community really making this kind of international mission work part of our corporate identity. We're already in talking stages of an ECM trip to Ghana in January, 2006 to work with the people at All Souls in Buduburam, CENCOSAD and the Anglican church there. Just in talking it up, we've got 4-6 students really interested, so that's even more exciting ... makes it feel less like just my thing and more like a direction in which we're all being called.

    In other frequent flier news, it looks like I might be going to China for a couple weeks this summer. You might know that I'm on the Episcopal Church Standing Commission on Anglican and International Peace with Justice Concerns (or, the ECUSASCAIPJC), and we travel each triennium to places that are going to be the points of emphasis in our work. China is one of those places that has all the things we are concerned with -- a rising HIV/AIDS problem, serious issues with empowerment of women and access to primary education, a looming water crisis ... as well as a very slow development of religious freedom. We're going to build relationships with the church as it exists there right now in hopes that we can work together more as China opens up.

    My hope is that Robin will come with me and then we (along with one of my friends on the Commission and his spouse) will do some travel of our own once the official visit is over (on our nickel, of course). The only real thing standing in the way of Robin coming over is child care for the kids, so we're working on that.

    So ... it's possible that, after having never been anywhere other than U.S., northern Mexico and England I will, in 18 months, have been to Ghana twice (for a total of 2 months), the Sudan and China. Didn't see this coming with my life!

    Happy Advent 4, everyone.

    Mike at 12/19/2004 03:12:00 PM

    mike, rod and jane wallace and i were talking about the need for bikes in the diocese of lui. it might make sense to do a big order of parts from china and have them sent unassembled--with additional spare parts, like spokes and wheels and tubes. but what about shipping? can stuff get from port sudan down there by land, or is everthing forced to arrive by air? where would one go to find out
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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.

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    *End extreme poverty
    *Achieve universal
    primary education

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    *Improve maternal health
    *Reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS
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    What I'm Reading
    Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
    by Doris Kearns Goodwin