Paying Close Attention to the 2016 Presidential Election Not So Much; Too Soon Enjoy the Beach!!!

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I reiterate my unsolicited advice about the 2016 Presidential campaign noise. Forget about the polls, shake-ups, resets, cash-raised, etc., etc., until after Labor Day. It’s all mostly noise at this stage.

However, that doesn’t mean you should forget about the critically important policy issues that we face as a nation. There is much work to be done to foster the common good and build compassion and justice. I encourage reading the 2-page introductory note from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops document on political responsibility: Faithful Citizenship. The document provides good background, and lists the major issues we face as a nation. They are issues worth thinking and praying about. Much is at stake.

When fall comes, and the leaves change colors, we can turn to all the rest. Those things will begin to matter more, and be informative – somewhat. For now, enjoy the rest of your summer.

Digital Connections

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Left to Right: Bruce Snell & Javier Barrera

On JustLove, Monsignor Sullivan speaks with two guests who focus on the digital world:  Bruce Snell, Cyber Security and Privacy Director at Intel Security and Javier Barrera, Co-Founder of Trip180.  Hear Javier Barrera, talk about how his organization is a peer-to-peer marketplace for nonprofit organizations to share their volunteer opportunities around the world. Bruce Snell also talks with Mosignor about an internal security study which compares Millennials and Gen X’ers activities.

Community & Police Relations

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On JustLove, Monsignor Sullivan speaks with Robert W. Snyder, Director of American Studies at Rutgers University and Lt. Sonia Pruitt of the National Black Police Association. On the show Snyder talks about his book, Crossing Broadway: Washington Heights and the Promise of New York City.  Lt. Sonia Pruitt talks about police shooting statistics and police protests.

Spiritual Care & Health Care

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Hear Chaplins Stephen Binkley and Reverend William Gohring, of Orlando Health talk about the Orlando nightclub shooting and their organization’s involvement with supporting the local community. Reverend Eric J. Hall, President and CEO of HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, is also on the show to speak with Monsignor Sullivan about his global nonprofit’s focus on spirit-centered palliative care.

Brexit & American Politics

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This episode of JustLove focuses on Brexit and American Politics with three guests. On the show,  R. Daniel Kelman Chair of Political Science and Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Politics at Rutgers University talk  with Msgr. Sullivan about the current situation between Britain and the EU. And Nolan McCarty who is Professor  and Chair of the Department of Politics at Princeton University, speaks about the concept of political division in government.

Orlando & Gun Control

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Left to Right: Gary Tester & James Jacob

This weekend on JustLove, Monsignor speaks with guests to discuss recent events surrounding the Orlando Shooting.  On the show James Jacob, Professor at NYU School of Law speaks with Monsignor, about gun control.  And Gary Tester, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Central Florida talks about what the organization is doing to support the local community.

Solidarity Orlando

 

Toward the end of June, cities across the United States including New York will see a number of demonstrations of gay pride. Orlando adds greater poignancy this year.

Words may be cheap, but silence can be costly. Let me express a few words of solidarity with LGBTQ communities. Solidarity: against hate, for love; against violence and death, for peace and life; against hurting, for healing; against divisiveness, for reconciliation; against exclusion, for inclusion; against despair, for hope; against hate, for love. This is my basic prayer and hope.

I add a few thoughts from a religious perspective on words, actions and solidarity.

At times the language some Christians have used deviates from our faith’s core message. We need to acknowledge that tragically, without necessarily intending to, this rhetoric has resulted in pain, hurt and even violence and death. Affirming our truths, faith and beliefs does not require harsh and hurtful words. There is a difference between sterile political correctness, from which I respectfully dissent, and necessary sensitivity to differences in life styles, beliefs and self-understanding, which I genuinely affirm.

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Being Green & Sustainable Consumer Products

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L-R: Michael Stausholm & Lisa Skumatz

On Justlove  Monsignor Kevin Sullivan  speaks with experts involved with environmental sustainability through consumer products and conservation of resources. On the show,  Michael Stausholm, CEO and Founder of Sprout World talks about his organization and the Plantable Pencil – pencils that turn into flowers, plants or vegetables when planted into soil. Also on the show is Lisa Skumatz, Principal at Skumatz Economic Research Associates and Project Manager at Econservation Institute. She talks about how the NYC Bag Tax can reduce litter and cause the public to consider reusable bags.

Flag Day, 2016 Musings of a
Political Neo-Cynic

Summertime and the Politics is Easy:
Ignore Everything & Tune Out Until After Labor Day

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So Flag Day, 2016…

We have the Presidential nominees – the most disliked ever!

We do not yet have the VP candidates, but who cares. I know, one heartbeat away…, but I repeat: who cares? We’ll deal with that sad contingency if we have to. One prediction about the VP choices: Each presidential candidate will declare his or her pick the most qualified. The pundits will chatter about which demographics they attract and thus which states they’ll help to carry. Wanna bet otherwise?

We will have the conventions – great for the local economies – Yeah for Philadelphia and Cleveland!! Useless for almost everything else! They may provide some entertainment – maybe, but you can do better with Netflix. I am hoping they don’t produce the titillating type of entertainment from violent disruptive behavior that we both lament and are growing addicted to.

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