"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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  • Wednesday, August 31, 2005
    Katrina Relief

    We've all been inundated with media coverage of Katrina, so there's no need to tell people of the need. It's pretty obvious. Sept. 1 (tomorrow) is a day that bloggers around the world are trying to raise awareness and funds for hurricane relief. So I'll jump on a little bit early and urge you to take a minute, scroll down to the new button you'll find on the right hand side of this blog and make a donation to Katrina Relief through Episcopal Relief and Development (or just click on those words).

    While you're on the ER-D site, check out the Gifts for Life Catalog -- a great way to give gifts of love in areas of need for any occasion.

    Good news from down south is that Leine McNeely was kind enough to drop an email and let me know that she and Tom and Shadyside are doing just fine down in Natchez, MS. So praise God for that!

    One more thing. When you give, please give new money. By that, I mean don't give money you were planning on giving somewhere else. One of the things that happens when something like this or the tsumani hits is that other NGOs and development agencies in places of chronic extreme poverty and disease get hit too ... because people give to the highly-publicized causes and not to the stuff that doesn't make it on CNN.

    So eat Mac n Cheese instead of going out to dinner and give that money. Stay home and play Scrabble instead of going to a movie and give that money. Bike to work instead of driving and give your gas money.

    Thanks a bunch.
    Mike at 8/31/2005 03:19:00 PM

    Saturday, August 27, 2005
    Photos of the house!

    There's lots going on to write about, but before I do any of that, I figure eventually I have to keep a promise about photos. So, without further ado, here are some photos of the new house (obviously still a work in progress).

    Here's the living room. Robin chose the light green. I was skeptical at first, but shouldn't have been. It will look even better when all the trim is painted white. Only pieces of it are freshly painted now. This gives you a good picture of the newly-refinished floors.

    This is the dining room (if you went off to the left from the last picture, this is where you'd be. What's easy to see are the boxes. What's hard to see is the furniture ... not so much because of the boxes, but because it's all pretty much the same color as the floor and the paneling ... kind of blends in. We're going to paint a darker green where the wallpaper is.

    The kitchen (obviously). When we bought the house, the floor was tile. We ripped it up to find that there was a pine floor underneath -- but no subfloor. We had the floor stained and it looks pretty good. Problem is, the people who did all the floors didn't do that great a job -- particularly in here where some boards needed replacing. Pretty sloppy craftsmanship (or lack of same). Fortunately, the owner of the business was embarrassed so he's offered to credit the amount we spent on it toward the cost of laying a whole new oak floor in the kitchen and butler's pantry. Can't see us turning that down! The yellow paint is actually tinted primer. We're going to paint yellow (a different shade) eventually, but the primer looks good enough that there's no rush. The stove is vinitage 1950s or something ... the best feature is that all the buttons for the burners are on the very top and out of Hayden-range.

    The playroom. Now we're on the second floor and this is the room to the immediate left when you come up the stairs. It's also right across from the boys' room. It's pretty much a big closet, and you can see on the left where the wallpaper is peeling off the wall. But for now, it's a great place for all the kids' toys and their computer and other assorted stuff.

    This is the coolest room in the house ... the boys' room. The concept is all Schroedter's and Robin made it happen. He wanted the room to be like you were on the moon looking out into space ... so you can see the crater landscape and the dark blue walls (he wanted black with a black ceiling, but that would have been too dark). Then you can see the planets and spaceships glued on the wall and also the planets (to scale) hanging from the ceiling in orbit around the center (which eventually will be a light for the sun). Most of it is glow in the dark, so the room looks great when you turn off the light. It's a much bigger room than in the old house (which, by the way, FINALLY sold ... ask me sometime about that story!). The boys love it here. There's even enough room for Hayden's trains!

    Probably the least photogenic room in the house ... but perhaps the greatest victory. This is our master bedroom. To fully appreciate it, you had to have seen it before -- while we were scraping the 4-5 layers of wallpaper and layers of mold off the walls and having the multiple cracks taped and all sorts of other things done. I can't believe this is a livable room after all the hours I spent in it this summer!

    The second floor also has a guest room and a bathroom, and the third floor has two large rooms that are being used for storage -- though one is gradually transitioning into my office.

    So ... there it is!
    Mike at 8/27/2005 09:40:00 PM

    Wednesday, August 17, 2005
    We've Moved!

    It's official ... we are in the new house on Pershing. We close on the Midland house over the next couple days, and although we dearly love that wonderful place, we will be so glad to only be owning one house. Even more, we will be so glad not to be dealing any more with the realtor for the buyer, who is just as unscrupulous as they come. Decorum and Christian charity prevents me from saying more!

    But we're moved in. THe kids have been just incredible with the adjustment. There are, of course, boxes everywhere, but things are starting to take shape. Robin has the kitchen looking great ... Emily and Banji brought some flowers over as a housewarming gift and they really spruce up the kitchen wonderfully. We got the kids room set up the first night -- actually got the IKEA bunk bed reassembled in only an hour. Got the kids playroom (pretty much a large closet) somoewhat put together yesterday. The cable guy was here today and when I get home from the Rockwell House BBQ, I'm going to try to get our bedrooom put together. Robin did a lot on the living room today, and that's looking great. Tomorrow the plumber comes so we will have a washer working and (please!) more than one toilet working! It's all coming together!

    I wish I could show you pictures ... but I can't find the digital camera. I think Robin has it. If I can get it from her, I might take some later tonight and (if the internet is working) post them.

    Lots more going on. I'll try to post more regularly. More later.
    Mike at 8/17/2005 05:40:00 PM

    Wednesday, August 10, 2005
    Because if Laurie, Nicole, Caroline and Katy do it ... I should do it too!

    Directions: Type "(your name) is" with the quotes, into a Google search then pick out your favorite 10 responses. Copy, then repost your responses:

    Oh, and I'm doing this because "Laurie is giving Mike an opportunity to air his concerns"

    1. Mike is a 23 years experienced mobile DJ
    2. Mike is also available to instruct dance lessons at dance competitions
    3. Mike is the largest Corvette dealer on the West Coast and in New England, with clients worldwide.
    4. Mike is less likely to be hurt than Dave if he is pushed overboard.
    5. Mike is both lazy and gay.
    6. Mike is on the Board of Trustees for the International Museum of Cartoon Art in Boca Raton, FL.
    7. Mike is an active member of "The 700 Club", but his main focus is and will always be, low-carb beer.
    8. Mike is one of the pioneers in the abstinence education movement.
    9. Mike is able to simulate either a male or a female sexual identity.
    10. Mike is a big jerk. (from http://mikesabigjerk.blogspot.com/)
    Mike at 8/10/2005 10:54:00 PM

    Monday, August 08, 2005
    Still alive!

    Yes, I'm still alive. It's been an insanely busy couple of weeks, and it's just going to get busier.

    Good news ... it looks like we've sold our house. Closing is on for August 19. The movers come on August 15. The floors of the new house are being refinished. Robin and I painted the living room and first stairwell on Saturday morning. Things are starting to take shape. Did I mention we now have central air conditioning!!!

    It's strange thinking of moving. We've lived in one house for 8 years. It just doesn't register that seven days from now, we'll be somewhere else. It's going to be really hard on the boys ... especially Schroedter. He doesn't do transition well and this is certainly the biggest transition he's ever had to deal with.

    Kate (our intern for this year) arrives on Saturday and starts work next week. That's really the beginning of the year. We've got so many great students coming back and we've had a ton of interest from freshmen ... it's going to be a fantastic year. The student leadership has already been working planning lots of stuff and we're so far ahead of where we usually are this time of year. You can see a lot of it by checking out the ECM website.

    We're also raising $150,000 to pay off the house, pay for renovations and establish a fund for future maintenance and renovations and build up the Julia fun. We're also tithing 10% of everything donated to our outreach ministries. You can check out the progress of the campaign (and add your name to the list of donors!) here.

    We've got some good before pictures of the house, which I'll post soon (I hope). Hopefully they'll be some even better after ones soon, too!

    More later.
    Mike at 8/08/2005 09:58:00 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

    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