"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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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, November 16, 2005
    Another Day

    Just logged in to change my age from 36 to 37 and realized I hadn't posted in awhile. Part of what I vowed to do a week or so ago was to post more as a way of processing a lot of what is going on in my head ... really just making sure I do process it.

    It's about 1 in the morning and I'm sitting in my office at Rockwell House. I used to do this a lot more -- stay up this insanely late, that is. I used to do this 3-4 times a week ... and that was a really good thing. I was able to hang out with students in ways that I just don't have the stamina for now. The only reason I'm up now is that I'm still juiced from doing Missionary Positions tonight -- and even though I'll miss doing that show and how much fun it is to mix it up with Hyim and Gary, it feels like that's about run its course, too.

    That's pretty much the theme for me. I'm really appreciating my last few weeks here at ECM. I'm really enjoying being with the students and being around here and doing all the things I have done for almost a decade for the last time. I'm living with a certain amount of denial that makes it possible, but mostly I'm able to both appreciate/enjoy and also feel good and right about moving on. What I feel more and more is just plain excitement for whomever is going to come next. There are some really, really amazing people out there who could take this job and do it so incredibly well ... and I know the students will call one of them. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next with ECM and excited for the students going through this process.

    I was thinking last night, that in a lot of ways it's going to be tougher to leave Rockwell House the place than ECM the community. The community is wonderful and I love the students, but they are moving into an exciting future and I'm not a part of that and it's fine. Rockwell House is not just about the present and the future, but about the past. It's a sacred place ... made sacred by what has happened here. I'm sitting here at this office and I can almost hear Lesley and Laurie in their rooms. I can see the spot where I said my last goodbye to Julia before she got in that damn car and drove away. I can look across the desk to where Sarah and Beth and Lindsay and now Kate sat. Downstairs where we've said Eucharist so many times, where Hopie and Joe sang songs late into the night.

    Those things and people will always live in my heart, but it's weird to think of this not being my home anymore ... far weirder than when I actually moved into a new house.

    My parents are selling the house they've owned since I was ... well, I think about six months old. It's the place I've always called home. When I go home, I still sleep in my old room. I think I feel a lot of the same things about both of these moves. In both cases, it's the absolute right thing to do. In both cases, it's a positive step into the future.

    But in both cases, it's saying goodbye to a big chunk of my life. Campus ministry -- not just ECM but campus ministry in general -- has been what I have done for most of the past 20 years ... since I was 17 years old! It really is moving into a new stage of life, and it's the right thing to do because all staying would be is holding on to a past that needs to be past. That doesn't mean pieces of it aren't hard. But it's a good hard. It's a right hard ... if that makes any sense.

    Well, got a long day tomorrow and so I'd better be heading home. Another year past. Age: 36 becomes Age: 37. Probably seems incredibly young to a lot of you still! I'm amazed and awed by how blessed those 36 years have been. And who knows what the next year will bring.
    Mike at 11/16/2005 01:01:00 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


    What I'm Reading
    Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
    by Doris Kearns Goodwin