"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
You might notice some new things about this blog. First off, you'll notice that there's actually a new post on it! That's certainly a change. For the past 6-7 weeks, I've just been way too busy to sit down and write. I've been in transition from my former position as Episcopal Campus Missioner at Washington University in St. Louis to my new position as Executive Director of Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation.
Really, the work is just beginning. We're a startup nonprofit and we've got big dreams -- changing the church to change the world. Can't get much bigger than that. But the time is right, the mission is right and the people we've got working with us are amazing ... and the number is growing every day. I always knew it would take something amazing to take me away from the best community of students I can ever imagine ... well this is it.
In a few weeks, I hope to have a new, improved and really great looking EGR website to direct you to. Keep watching.
You'll also notice that the borders of this blog are different. I've taken out the links to all the ECM bloggers (though I'll probably still be checking in on you!) and replaced it with links I hope a broader audience will find intruiging. Many of them are sites I've stumbled upon when looking to see who is doing what with the Millennium Development Goals. They'll be updated and change pretty regularly (at least that's the plan) so keep checking back.
On your right, you'll see a brief description of EGR. Saying I'm the executive director sounds a little self-important (much like the name of this blog). The truth is I'm the only employee (but we've got a great and active board). Mostly that's because we are an intentionally small organization resourcing a grassroots movement. We don't want to be another church bureaucracy. I really would love to talk with you more about it ... and to help you answer the "what can one do?" question for yourself.
For now, it's late. My new office (the international headquarters of EGR is at my house!) has pieces of my old office in laundry baskets on the floor. I've got two days in town before I'm off to NYC for a week of meetings and (yes) fundraising. The kids and Robin are in bed and it's time I went, too.
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."