"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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  • Monday, February 06, 2006

    Two Steps Back

    "If you give Americans the facts, they'll do the right thing." -- President Harry Truman

    Sunday morning, I was giving a presentation on the MDGs to a church in St. Charles, Missouri. As I gave the statistics and told the stories, I could tell a man sitting in front was getting more and more excited. When I finally revealed that all the MDGs could be accomplished with only seven-tenths of one percent of the rich nations' GNP this man -- his name was Bob -- could take it no longer. He burst out:

    "Has anyone told the people in the government about this!? Do they know how easy this would be!?"

    Yes, I told him, they have been told about this ... many times.

    "Well, I don't hear them talking about it. Why don't they do something?" Bob said.

    It's a good question without an easy answer. For one thing, it is being talked about and some things are being done.

    In his State of the Union address this past week, President Bush said some wonderful things:

    "We show compassion abroad because Americans believe in the God-given dignity and worth of a villager with HIV/AIDS, or an infant with malaria, or a refugee fleeing genocide, or a young girl sold into slavery. We also show compassion abroad because regions overwhelmed by poverty, corruption and despair are sources of terrorism, organized crime, human trafficking and the drug trade.... Shortchanging (development programs) would increase the suffering and chaos of our world, undercut our long-term security and dull the conscience of our country."

    And it hasn't been just words. There has been debt relief. There has been more money directed to fight the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Just not as much as was promised. And way less than is needed.

    Things didn't get any better today. In fact, at a time when we need to be ramping up of efforts, we're scaling back in some key areas.

    According to the Episcopal Church's Office of Government Relations in Washington, DC, the President's budget for FY'07, released today, contains cuts to several key MDG-related programs. Among the programs cut were ChildSurvival and Health; the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria; and the US's international-family-planning program. All three of these key programs were slashed to their lowest levels in at least four years.Now, two important US-run programs - the President's AIDS initiative for 15 countries (PEPFAR) and his Millennium Challenge Account - did receive increases. But these programs have not yet proven effective, often getting bogged down by key institutional and ideological restrictions. Moreover, even with the increases, there is still a gap between the funding requested in this budget and funding promised previously by the president.

    It's not that we're doing nothing. We're on the right road, but we're traveling down it way too slowly. And it's a trip where lethargy equals lives. We've gone beyond the point where gesture, rhetoric and symbollic steps are enough. And yet at this crucial juncture the gap between rhetoric and reality seems, if anything, to be widening.

    Bob came up to me after the presentation and said, "I wish I had known about all of this five years ago -- I would have been doing something about it!"

    "I know," I told him. "But now you do know about it. So really the question is:

    "What are you going to do now?"

    Well, one thing all of us can do right now is let Congress know that this matters to us ... that this is not only a moment of truth upon which history will judge them, but a moment we will remember the next time we are at the ballot box. We can tell them that there is no excuse worthy of the wealthiest nation in the history of the planet letting tens of thousands of children die each day from a mosquito bite.

    Let them know that they have the amazing opportunity to be heroes ... and that's what we expect them to do.

    If you haven't already, join the Episcopal Public Policy Network and the ONE Campaign . Call your Congressional representatives and schedule a meeting with them the next time they are in town and let them know that the MDGs are a voting issue for you (don't know who they are? Go to http://www.senate.ca.gov/~newsen/schedules/info.htp and http://www.house.gov/writerep/ and find out! Better yet, come to Ecumencial Advocacy Days ion March 10-13 n Washington D.C. and learn how to lobby and spend time on the hill yourself.

    We have the facts. The opportunity is ours.

    Now it's up to us to do the right thing.
    Mike at 2/06/2006 11:07:00 PM

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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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    Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
    by Doris Kearns Goodwin