"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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  • Tuesday, February 28, 2006


    while wondering whatever happened to Rudy Lopez.

    I was growing up in Tucson, AZ when those Americans were being held hostage in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran for 444 days in the late 70s/early 80s. For us, the local angle was Sgt. Rudy Lopez, USMC, who was from Globe. They covered his family pretty constantly -- though because it was before the era of 24-hour cable crap, it was nowhere near the insanity it would be today.

    Then they all came home and he disappeared into oblivion.

    But I do remember they all got lifetime Major League Baseball passes...

    Speaking of baseball, spring training is here, which always makes me wish I was in Arizona. As big a baseball town as St. Louis is, it amazes me that they don't broadcast all the spring games on the radio.

    So, before the first exhibition game is even played, here are my predictions for the season:

    National League
    West - Los Angeles
    Central - St. Louis
    East - Atlanta
    Wild Card -- Chicago

    American League
    West - Los Angeles
    Central - Chicago
    East - New York
    Wild Card -- Minnesota

    NLCS - St. Louis over Atlanta
    ALCS - Minnesota over Chicago

    World Series -- Minnesota over St. Louis

    ...Just finished watching the second season of 24 (loaned to me, as was the first, by my brother). Gotta admit that I'm hooked on it, though I'm definitely not a fan of the torture scenes. Also, had the same thing happen with season 2 that happened to me with season 1, which was there was a while in the 13th through 18th hours that it all seemed so ridiculous (kind of the ER-syndrome where everyone is just being so stupid getting into everyone else's business, going behind people's backs and having helicopters fall on them). Also, I realize there is a certain amount of suspending disbelief, but are we really supposed to buy that these people are driving all over Los Angeles in "real time" and spending almost no time in traffic?...

    Radio talk show host this morning kept referring to Arizona senator John McClain. That would be cool. Bruce Willis' character from die hard in the U.S. Senate. Want to cut funding for the Global Fund? Yipee Kay-ya M*#&^@ F(#$*($#!...

    Got a new computer. A Toshiba Satellite that is really fantastic. The Dell Inspiron I had before turned out to be a real piece of junk. My father-in-law has one, too -- as does a friend of his. All three of us have had to have batteries replaced as well as the mother board. The last straw was when keys started falling off the thing and I'd get the blue screen every other time it would shut down. This one is great. 120GB hard drive, 15"" widescreen with amazing clarity. 2GB RAM. Completely supercharged .... and I don't have to wait 5 minutes for it to boot up....

    Lent starts tomorrow. Haven't figured out what my Lenten discipline is going to be (and, as the left hand is not supposed to know what the right is doing, I won't be posting it here!). Any ideas?...

    Also, watch this space tomorrow for a very important reader poll.

    Got to get back to work.
    Mike at 2/28/2006 09:53:00 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


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