Five for Friday: Being Mortal, Sesame Street Parodies, Slurpee Waves

sesame-street-house-of-cards-parodyBy Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (January 14, 2014) — Many Covenanters routinely share links to social media articles and videos with one another that Covenant News Service believes may be of interest to others. Each Friday we post five of them. Following is a sample of those submissions—their inclusion does not represent an endorsement by the Covenant of any views expressed.

Being Mortal

PBS’s Frontline is one of the best shows on TV, and it does a spectacular job as it “explores the intersection of life, death, medicine and what matters in the end.” The website includes not only the chance to watch the episode online but also posts on topics such as “Facing Mortality: How to Talk to Your Doctor,” “Prolonging Life or Prolonging Death? Two Doctors on Caring for the Critically Sick,” and “Love and Cancer at 27.”

When Your Religion Makes You Too Uncool to Work at Abercrombie

From the article: “On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments about discrimination against job applicants who wear headscarves. But the case reveals something deeper about who’s considered attractive in America.” It’s another case in which the legal issues aren’t as clear as they might initially seem and the social implications are greater than one might think.

Sesame Street Parodies House of Cards

You’ve got to hand it to the creative geniuses at Sesame Street who can entertain adults as easily as they can kids. This short video parodies the popular Netflix show, complete with clever plot twists, and offers a math lesson too. Sesame Street has posted many of their parodies online, where you can watch bits such as “A’s Anatomy” and “30 Rocks.”

Congregations Seek Green Certification for Environmental Work

An interfaith organization is encouraging faith communities to pursue its two-year certification program in order “to have their environmental leadership recognized.” It involves a lot more than recycling and turning down the thermostat. Numerous resources are available for congregations interested in connecting religious beliefs with care for creation.

The Slurpee Waves of Nantucket

Some beautiful photos of a phenomenon I didn’t know occurred. And who doesn’t like a Slurpee?

 

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Stan Friedman

Stan Friedman is the news and online editor for the Covenant Companion and is grateful for the opportunity to serve in a job that combines his newspaper and pastoral ministry experience. He has been to 15 Bruce Springsteen concerts in four cities and listened to “Thunder Road” an average of at least once a day for 41 years.

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