"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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  • Sunday, September 10, 2006
    Catching Up

    Haven't posted photos in awhile, so it's time to catch up anyone interested on the goings-on in the Kinman household.

    Starting with the most recent, yesterday was Hayden's fourth birthday. We had a party for him and a small gaggle of his friends at the local indoor pool -- one of Hayden's favorite places. Everyone swam for about an hour and then went into a side room for cake and ice cream. Everyone had an wonderful time -- a party with that many children and no fighting or tears transcends success and knocks on the door of miracle status!

    Hayden had picked out Curious George party decorations and we got him a Curious George cake, which he was just tickled about. He also enjoyed some excellent presents -- including some really cool magnetic blocks from his Uncle Ian and Aunt Kathy, a stuffed roadrunner (which he slept with last night) from his Grammy and Grampy, a cool racecar lunchbox from his brother, a great Maisy popup book from Kristen and Brayer (he played with that for about an hour), a Thomas train and (Schroedter's favorite), nerf rockets that shoot up in the air when you stomp on an air cushion -- and much, much more. All in all, quite a haul.

    We were thinking last night how quickly four years has gone by. It's so hard to imagine life without H. In some ways it's easier for me to remember life before any children than life with just Schroedter. I know Schroedter really can't imagine life without him.

    So ... Hayden is four! Here he is blowing out the candles to prove it:

    And here is one of him just cheesing after getting out of the pool.

    The next big thing was Schroedter and Hayden's first day at school. For the first time, both of them (as well as Robin who teaches fourth grade) are at Forsyth School. Forsyth is a great school that is just 5-15 minutes walk (depending on whether or not Hayden is walking with you) from our house.

    This is Schroedter's third year there and (hard to believe) he is a second grader now. Hayden is starting at the very bottom - pre-kindergarten (unlike when I was a kid and there was just one kindergarten, there are now three K-levels... pre-K, jr.-K and sr.-K. The same amount of time I spent in seminary my son will spend in kindergarten!) Robin has been teaching at Forsyth for going on 10 years now. Sometimes I think I should just give in and get a job there so the whole family will be there -- but there is that thing about not being qualified.

    Anyway, three pictures here. The first is the boys standing in front of the house on their way to the first day of school. The second is Schroedter in front of his locker (they call it a locker, really it's a cubby with a door). His favorite feature of this is the plastic coffee mug every student gets to use to get water at the water cooler. Finally, there's Hayden on the floor of his classroom. Happy kids. Nothing better.

    The other big news of late is our new kitchen. It's not exactly new ... but we did tear out a wall (and a small closet that was behind it) and expand the kitchen. The idea came out of a joint inspriation from Robin and Suzanne (her mom) during a visit this June. In addition to her career as a lawyer, Suzanne was an architect in her previous career, so she drew up some great plans, which we handed over to Barney Gierer, who has done great work around the house for us in the past.

    Barney and a friend of his spent 2-3 weeks in our kitchen, tearing stuff out and putting stuff in. (A new refrigerator and stove didn't hurt, either). He did a great job -- particularly in building the trim, which blends in wonderfully with the older look of the house. He also did a little repair work on the terrible job the floor refinishers did last summer.

    The result is a great new part of our kitchen, which not only gives us more storage- and counter-space ... it just makes the whole room feel so much bigger. My personal favorite is a refrigerator that makes crushed ice... something that has already encouraged me to drink more water than soda, which can only be good, right?

    Anyway, the first picture is the before (at least after the plaster had been stripped away. The second picture is the finished product. (You can see we also painted the whole kitchen).

    That's all for now.
    Mike at 9/10/2006 07:34:00 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


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