"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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  • Friday, September 02, 2005
    What Can One Person Do?

    The following is the article I wrote for the weekly update detailing what is happening in ministry for the Millennium Development Goals that I send out for Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation. If you wish to receive this weekly update, join the EGR listserv or learn more about the MDGs, email me at Mkinman@Juno.com.

    I've seen this somewhere before.

    As I watched the continuing coverage of Katrina's devastation on CNN last night, I had a powerful feeling of familiarity. As the neatly-groomed reporters described the people living in fear, hunger and squallor, the inability of the government to maintain order, the people left dead and dying because there was no one to help or even a place to put them, it became more and more clear.

    I have seen this somewhere before -- many of us have. In fact, more than one billion people live like this every day -- with no food, no schools, no electricity, no access to proper sanitation or safe drinking water -- many living in political instability and in fear of random violence.

    We Americans are in shock, and rightfully so. Just as September 11 was a wake-up call to a world from which we had previously insulated ourselves, Katrina has woken us up to what extreme poverty looks like up close and personal. ERD president Robert Radtke said it best when he called the devastation "tsunami-like." What previously only happened far away and (seemingly) far removed from us is now inside our front door.

    Thankfully, we have a God who provides gifts of opportunity in the midst of the deepest darkness. This awakening can be such a gift -- if we open ourselves up to receiving it.

    If your email box is like mine, it is full of appeals from relief agencies collecting funds for Katrina's victims. Even Google has a black ribbon button linking you to stories and opportunities to give.

    And it's working. Human nature being what it is, we so often are at our best when things are at their worst. People are opening up their hearts and wallets.Yesterday, more than a thousand blogs (including this one)put out a coordinated appeal to donations to more than 100 charities working for hurricane relief. Through a MoveOn.org site, individual people and families are opening up their homes to Katrina's refugees.

    Moments like this are teachable moments ... moments of great devastation and tragedy that could overwhelm us but in the midst of which we somehow grasp that one person can do something. So we take out the credit card or put sheets on the pullout sofa and say the prayers.. And what's so amazing is that at times like this when the need is so obvious and in their face, people aren't thinking twice about sacrifice -- they're just doing it. What's so amazing is that we are hearing the call for help, and we are realizing that one person really can make a difference -- and we do.

    But this moment is a teachable one in another way. If the power of what one person or one congregation can do is so tangible in the face of a disaster whose coverage we can't escape like Katrina, it is just as powerful with the chronic disasters that so often get choked out of our daily news coverage by Tom and Katie and the Runaway Bride. Moments like this are moments to rejoice in God's gift of the power of what one can do ... and to remember that power and use it elsewhere.

    Disasters like the tsumani and Katrina often have ancilary casualties far, far away from the storm center. They are the NGOs and other organizations battling chronic poverty, disease, malnutrition, illiteracy and other endemic and pandemic problems far from the camera eye. That's because all too often people give to relieve the highly-publicized disaster that has touched their heart instead of giving to stop 30,000 children from dying each day in places where Matt Lauer and Katie Couric are not on location. By taking what should be a both/and and turning it into an either/or, Katrina claims victims not just in New Orleans and Biloxi, but in Juba and Kamapala and Port au Prince.

    The opportunity of the Gospel and of the heart that Katrina provides is to take our belief that one person can make a difference here and apply it there. To not just write that one check and say that one prayer, but to give and pray and work for those who die without making the headlines.

    We've only started to see the stories of everyday heroes in Katrina's wake. In the days and weeks to come, we'll see more and more. Stories that will surprise us, inspire us and move us. We will truly be seizing God's opportunity and light in the midst of darkness if they do more than make us rejoice for what one person has done but make us dream about what one person can do wherever there is tragedy and brokenness and suffering.

    Because if what has happened in Katrina's aftermath is teaching us anything, it's the power of One.

    To give to Hurricane Katrina relief, go to Episcopal Relief and Development-- and while you're on that site, surf over to their Gifts for Life Catalog and buy a gift of compassion for someone you love.
    Mike at 9/02/2005 07:53:00 AM

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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


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