"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, April 30, 2005
    Everything Not Sudan

    Apologies to those of you who surfed over for more Sudan tales and pictures ... I've only got a few minutes to post and it would take a lot longer than that to upload all the photos I want to close out with. With any luck at all tomorrow...

    So, to catch you up on all the stuff that's been going on that is not Africa-related!

    BIG NEWS! -- We bought a new house! It's a great place that was owned by Anna Mason -- the widow of the Rev. John Mason, a priest of our diocese. It's on Pershing just west of Skinker (you can see our porchlight when you step out of Kayak's). Robin and the boys will be able to walk to Forsyth. I will be able to walk/bike to campus. We close on May 31.

    Now all we have to do is sell our house ... which is what we've been working like crazy to do.

    Isn't it adorable? Don't you want to buy it at or above asking price? The open house is TODAY (May 1). So, if you're interested in a great 3 bedroom, 2 bath, finished basement, great deck and backyard, 2 working fireplaces, etc., etc. right across from a beautiful park in U. City ... come on by 1075 Midland between 1 - 4 pm.

    Seriously, the more we work on fixing the house up and cleaning it up (and trying to keep Hayden and Schroedter from messing it up faster than we can clean it), the more we ask ourselves "why are we moving?" It's a great place (but the other place? Location. Location. Location.)

    Anyway ... and you can check the place out online, too!

    The kids are doing OK with the move ... Hayden doesn't really understand that anything is going on. Schroedter is stressing ... this is going to be hard for him. He hasn't even seen the new place yet, so I imagine it will be easier for him once he does.

    Other news. For the next three months, I will be the part-time network facilitator of Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation -- the amazing group of folks I've been working with who are working for a spiritual transformation in the Episcopal Church through a mission orientation structured by the Millennium Development Goals.

    My Bishop is being very generous letting me take this on in addition to my other responsibilities (between this and moving, I think sleep will be a rarity the next few months). It's only possible because I'm on an academic calendar and, frankly, I'd be doing a lot of this work as a volunteer anyway this time of year.

    It's a great honor to work with these amazing people doing this important work. I'm excited.

    It's May, so we're heading toward graduation. And that means saying goodbye to some wonderful seniors -- Emily Bloemker, Gretchen Guschke, Banji Iyun, Katherine Karr, Tara Lohr, Ryan Wallace, and Rory Walsh. They are all so wonderful and we will miss them!

    The good news is, we only really have to say goodbye to three of them. Gretchen is going home to Florida. Tara is doing Teach for America in New York City. Katherine is doing a Master's/PhD at University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Emily, Ryan and Rory will be living in a house together in STL ... and Banji's sticking around another year to get his Master's at Wash. U.

    Schroedter is all geeked up about the new Star Wars movie (and after watching the trailer, I am, too!). I've got to try to get tickets the opening weekend or I truly believe he'll explode -- and maybe me, too!

    I'm sure there's lots of other stuff going on ... but for now, I think the final coat of wax is dry on the kitchen floor upstairs so I can now toddle off to bed.

    Photos tomorrow, I hope!
    Mike at 4/30/2005 11:52:00 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