"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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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
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  • Join the ONE Campaign to Make Poverty History
  • Join the Episcopal Public Policy Network
  • Join Amnesty International
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  • 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
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  • Tuesday, March 14, 2006
    The New Politics: If you want to save 'em in Darfur, you've gotta kill 'em in Iraq

    Had a great meeting yesterday with Michelle Bogdanovich, a staffer in Rep. Lacy Clay's office. I can't ever remember Clay voting in a way that didn't make me extremely proud to be in his district, so it was an easy meeting. But that doesn't mean I didn't learn some disturbing things.

    I asked Michelle about humanitarian funding for Darfur and support of the African Union, and she said that the Congressman might have to vote against it. Not because he was against it, but because how it was being introduced.

    It seems that yesterday Rep. Jerry Lewis of California's 41st introduced, on behalf of the Republicans in Congress, a supplemental appropriations bill yesterday -- HR4939. It includes some great stuff -- $253 million to sustain the African Union forces that are trying to hold the janjaweed at bay in Darfur and $66 million in humanitarian assistance in Darfur. It also includes $350 million in humanitarian food aid and a whopping $19.1 billion for hurricane relief in the Gulf Coast.

    Fantastic, you say? Yeah ... well, except to get all these wonderful things you also have to vote for $67.9 billion in supplemental military spending for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Michelle sent me a summary of the bill that I can't find anywhere else, email me at MKinman at gmail (dot) com if you want me to forward it to you -- it's too long to put here).

    The equation becomes simple. If you want to save 'em in Darfur, you've gotta kill 'em in Iraq and Afghanistan. If you want to rebuild the Gulf Coast, you've got to send more tanks into Baghdad.

    The reasoning is clear. It isi getting more and more difficult for the president to get support in Congress for the war -- so he and Congressional Republicans have to attach the funding to things that are difficult to vote against -- like Katrina relief and help for Darfur. It's an end around.

    This is offensive on at least two levels. The first is the obvious -- the obscenity of being made to support killing in order to help the dying. But the second is what really bothered Michelle even more. She said she'd been in Washington for 30 years and had never seen this kind of "by any means necessary" politics used to get agendas and funding across. Things like Darfur and military appropriations and hurricane relief should be voted on separately -- they are separate decisions -- and until recently they usually were. But not anymore.

    And because the Democrats are the minority party, they don't have the votes to sustain a motion to separate -- which is the one thing that could right this wrong and give the Congress a fair shot at voting each one of these appropriations on their own merit.

    Michelle told me all this because she had to let me know that she couldn't guarantee that Congressman Clay would vote for something as slam dunk as aid for Darfur -- something he ardently supports -- because he just as ardently opposes the war. He -- and all of us -- are forced into an ethical dilemna. An administration that claims to be steeped in prayer and Gospel has made us choose between Matthew 25 and Matthew 5

    So as you're calling your senators today about the Santorum-Durbin amendment, place a call to your representatives and let them know that you think this stinks. Let them know that you think that things like war appropriations, hurricane relief and development/humanitarian assistance are separate and important issues that should be discussed and voted on separately.

    Shenanigans like this are allowed to happen because nobody makes a fuss. And the people to make a fuss to are the people you put in office.
    Mike at 3/14/2006 09:57:00 AM

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    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