"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, July 16, 2005
    Thank you ...

    to Cecily Stewart, Emily Bloemker, Ryan Wallace, Emily Biagioni and Steve Scharre who showed up for Habitat for Kinmanity II at the new house (and to Andrew Langan, who was there for hours for HFK I several weeks back). Thanks to this mighty crew, we got the walls of the master bedroom completely clean of wallpaper and glue (and almost all the mold), moved all the boxes from the dining room to rooms on the second floor (making room for the floor refinishers to come), tore all the carpet and padding in the house (except for the boys' room) and took it out to the garage, ripped up all the wood strips that held the carpet in place at the baseboards (don't mess with Steve and a crowbar), and pulled about 9 billion staples out of the wood floors that had been holding the carpet pad in place.


    Anyway, the company was great and the work you all did was phenomenal. It would have taken me all week to get all that done by myself. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
    Mike at 7/16/2005 08:52:00 PM

    Thursday, July 14, 2005
    I knew her when...

    I just know that you were perusing the official Emmy Awards website and saw this listing:

    Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series
    Da Ali G Show • HBO • Talk Back/Fremantle Media Group
    in association with HBO Entertainment and C4
    Sacha Baron Cohen, Executive Producer
    Dan Mazer, Executive Producer
    Peter Fincham, Executive Producer
    Jeff Stilson, Supervising Producer
    Erin O’Malley, Producer

    That's right ... Erin O'Malley is up for an Emmy. Now, if you don't know who Erin O'Malley is, you just haven't been paying attention! You probably remember her work on the short-lived but critically acclaimed (it had to be by somebody, didn't it?) Greg The Bunny, or perhaps her higher-profile work as a co-producer of Curb Your Enthusiasm. But I first met her as a second-grader at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Day School in Tucson, where I knew her then as the kid sister of my great friend, Ian O'Malley (who is currently bragging on his sister to anyone who will listen ... and who can blame him!).

    But now Erin is all grown up and nominated for her first Emmy. And even though I've never seen Da Ali G Show (don't have HBO ... sorry, Erin!), and even though it is up against a show I watch almost every night, I will actually watch the Emmy's this year and hope to see Erin strolling up on stage to claim her statuette!

    Whatever your field is, it's great when you get recognized for being one of the best. And that's what Erin is.

    Way to go, Erin!
    Mike at 7/14/2005 08:00:00 PM

    Monday, July 04, 2005

    If you haven't already, sign the Live 8 list ! I know Amy Porterfield was at the concert in Philadelphia (the closest I got was being caught in Live 8 traffic driving to Cape May, NJ from Washington, D.C.). Anybody else see one of the concerts.

    Also, read this article about how religion and faith communities are playing a large role in this movement (thanks to Beth Maynard's U2 Sermons Blog for this link).

    We're with Robin's family (11 of us total) at a house in Cape May, NJ this week. The weather is wonderful -- 80s -- the kids are having a great time playing with each other (Schroedter and Hayden with their cousins Adrian and Olivia) and everything is wonderful in general. A great vacation. Tonight we'll watch fireworks on the beach.

    Got an email from James Sarpei, the amazing guy I lived with in Ghana for six weeks last summer who is the founder and executive director of CENCOSAD - an NGO doing AIDS prevention, reproductive health and capacity building. He and his wife Elfrida are hoping to visit in the fall and stay with us for awhile. I am very excited ... not just to be able to return the hospitality but just to see them again!
    Mike at 7/04/2005 07:37:00 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