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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Understanding Mental Health

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L-R: Glenn Liebman & Glenn Milstein

On JustLove, Monsignor Sullivan speaks with two guests who specialize in mental health. Hear Glenn Liebman, Executive Director of the  Mental Health Association of New York City talk about subject within New York City. Also on the show is licensed clinical psychologist, Glen Milstein who is also an associate professor of psychology at City College of New York. On the show, he talks about clergy outreach and professional engagement.

Puerto Rico

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L-R: Samuel Rodriguez & Archbishop Nieves

On JustLove this week, the focus is on Puerto Rico. Monsignor Kevin Sullivan speaks with two guests, Samuel Rodriguez, National Chair of Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony National Committee and Roberto González Nieves, Archbishop of San Juan. Archbishop Nieves talks about the Puerto Rican debt crisis and its impact. Mr Rodriguez, talks about the the 65th Infantry Regiment, a Puerto Rican regiment of the United States Army.

The Ethiopian Drought

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Left to Right: Kim Pozniak & Alex De Waal

On JustLove  Monsignor Kevin Sullivan focuses on how Ethiopia is facing a historic drought due to climate change. On the show, Kim Pozniak Communications Officer of Global Emergencies and Sub-Saharan Africa at Catholic Relief Services (CRS) talks about how CRS is aiding Ethiopian citizens. Monsignor Sullivan also talks to Alex De Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation and Research Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. They discuss whether or not the era of great famine is over.

Mother’s Day on JustLove

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L-R: Leslie Uggams & Jenny McCarthy

For Mother’s Day 2016, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan speaks with Leslie Uggams and Jenny McCarthy. On the show, actress and singer, Leslie Uggams, talks about her role on Fox’s hit show Empire. While American model, television host, comedian, actress, author, screenwriter and anti-vaccine activist, Jenny McCathy, provides tips on achieving a good work-life balance.

The Paris Agreement

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As part of Earth Month 2016, Monsignor Kevin focuses on the Paris Agreement. He speaks with Guido Schmidt-Traub, Executive Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network on Climate Change. Mr. Schmidt-Traub discusses how this international agreement will focus on greenhouse gas mitigation in the year 2020.

Hear About Millennial Volunteerism

From Catholic Charities Junior Board & Tufts University

Left - Right: Joseph Camerata ,Lindsay Pistilli & Peter Levine

Left – Right: Joseph Camerata, Lindsay Pistilli & Peter Levine

On JustLove, Monsignor Sullivan speaks with guests Lindsay Pistilli, Vice President of Pistilli Realty Group; Joseph Camerata, Vice President of Wavercrest Management Team.  Lindsay and Joseph talk about their volunteer experiences  and being part of Catholic Charities Junior Board.  Peter Levine, Associate Dean for Research at Tufts University talks about millennial volunteers and the millennial impact report.