"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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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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  • Tuesday, March 22, 2005
    I've enjoyed the conversation about the House of Bishops' Covenant statement (the latest installment of "As the Anglican Communion Turns") on the Gen X clergy listserve I'm on ... mostly because it is markedly different in tenor from the unending debate about same on the House of Bishops and Deputies list. There is a gentleness to it that I really appreciate ... maybe we just haven't been at it long enough to break out the flamethrowers, but I also think there's something more there.

    I taught a class in Generational Theory and Ministry at our diocese's school for congregational development last weekend. It's been a couple years since I'd really waded into the generational theory stuff so it was interesting in preparing to get back into it ... and I found it really interesting to look at the "late unpleasantness" (the phrase Haywood Spangler, a seminary classmate of mine from the deep South, used to describe the Civil War) in light of it.

    Now, I don't worship at the altar of generational theory ... it paints in broad brushes and really only applies when you've got the foundational levels of Maslow's pyramid taken care of. That said, in those broad terms it is remarkably accurate and can be applicable globally.

    So you look at Strauss and Howe and the like and what they say about the Boomer generation. It's stuff most of us know intuitively. They looked at the world they grew up in, thought it really sucked and were absolutely convinced that they were the generation who could fix it and turn it into the ideal world. They are a generation of passionate people, but also of people who tend to see the world in black and white without a whole lot of gray. That combination makes for Holy Wars when they line up on opposite sides of issues ... each side convinced they are right, each side refusing to see nuance or the possibility for the other being right, each side convinced that the issue in question is so central that compromise would be betrayal of their deepest values.

    Hmmmm... this was starting to sound familiar. In the late 1990s, Strauss, Howe, and others wrote of the "impending scorched-earth culture wars" that were already starting and which would grow as Boomers lined up against each other. And, sure enough, we see it in our culture. You can certainly see it in the way the current presidential administration operates ... but you could also see it in the workings of President Clinton -- both, of course, are Boomers.

    Then I started to check birthdates in the church. The silent generation, which is the one that is not the crusaders and are instead the architects of the therapeutic model of ministry the church grew into in the 60s and 70s, gave us Edmond Browning and also gave us Frank Griswold (late silent). But you look at the list of Boomers -- V. Gene Robinson, Peter Akinola, Robert Duncan, Rowan Williams, Michael Hopkins, Kendall Harmon, Justice Akrofi, Henry Orombi ... the list goes on. Sure, there are some silents like Ed Salmon and (can't think of one on the left off the top of my head) who are providing powerful backstage support in the battle ... but this is pretty much a war being waged by the Boomers against each other. And it has all the characteristics of a Boomer "scorched earth culture war".

    So where does that leave us? Well, it's been interesting to gauge the reaction of Xers ... not even primarily on this list or primarily clergy, but everywhere (including those places). Some passionately take either side ... my experience of those Xers who take sides (and perhaps I'm biased here), is that they are still more willing to see nuance and gray and listen to and hang in their with their theological opponents than the Boomers. But many do not take sides. Many, even those who recognize that this is an important conversation and issue, just don't get why it has to mean EVERYTHING. Just don't get why this is worth blowing the whole place up. Many just want everyone to shut up so we can all get on with being the church. We want "them" to stop shouting.

    If that view is accurate, then we are acting just like we should ... and just like we have. Think about what is happening. It's a Boomer screaming match where the main issue is divorce ... and they are fighting over who is leaving whom. How many of us have been THERE before in our lives? How many of us are already children of divorce ... perhaps several times over! And what do the children do in a divorce battle like this? Well, some take Dad's side passionately. Some take Mom's side passionately. But a huge number just want them to shut up and want their lives back, because this really sucks! Like the Everclear song: "Please don't tell me everything is wonderful now!"

    The big question is ... what about the Millennial generation? Because the Millennials, not us, are the ones who are going to build and be the new church. Well, my experience with my students and other Millennials is that while they may care about issues such as GLBT rights (along with LOTS of other things), they are almost completely disengaged from the church battles over these things. After General Convention, I had a lot of students who were in favor of what we did ... and their reaction was pretty much "Well, duh!". I also had some students who were opposed and their reaction was "well, I don't agree with that, but it's not like I'm going to leave the church over it." Mostly, while I came back from convention expecting everyone to want to talk about it, pretty much they were pretty nonplussed the whole way around and kind of said "yeah, OK. Let's move on."

    I actually think this is incredibly hopeful!

    I also have been wondering what our generation has to contribute to it that isn't just picking up a gun and choosing a side. Maybe it's what (I think) we should be doing in a lot of other areas ... encouraging Millennials to claim their own unique voice, trying to get those in power in churches to give that power away to Millennials and let them start shaping the church, and continue to encourage them to live a Christian life in the way they are uniquely called and in so doing shape the church and the world.

    Anyway, I realize that generational theory isn't perfect and that individuals can certainly fall outside generational definitions ... still, I thought it was really interesting how well what I see happening dovetails with it.
    Mike at 3/22/2005 04:49:00 PM

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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

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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