5 Friyays: September 20

5 Friyays: September 20


Hey everyone – Dr. Kristen checking in from 30,000 feet as I head to Nevertheless She Preached in Austin, TX to celebrate women’s powerful voices in theological spaces. Added bonus for me is that so many favorites will be there, too! A serious Friyay for me this week is seeing them – but since you can’t do that, too, here’s some other things making my list. 

Greta Thunberg – The Hero We Need

As I type this, hundreds of thousands of students around the world are participating in protest marches for the future of our planet. Led by the incredible activist Greta Thunberg, we at Abbey Research stand with them and are in awe of their passion and commitment.

Weird Facts from Food History

Obviously, we are nerds and zero percent ashamed about it. So when I saw this article on Buzzfeed about food history, I fell down a rabbit hole of trivia and walked around for the rest of the day spouting facts. I’m sure I was a delight.

Sorry/Not Sorry, More Moulin Rouge

You may have heard Dr. Erin and I singing the praises of the new musical adaptation of the Baz Luhrman movie that we had the privilege of seeing a few weeks back. I found this review of it on The Mary Sue which captures SO MUCH of what I wanted to say. The process of creating an immersive, joy-soaked experience is not easy, but we can all learn from their finished product.

Protecting Natural Hair

It’s a significant issue of diversity – HR policies surrounding hair and headwear. This article from the Washington Post highlights the fact that many states are making moves to protect black workers from employers who would not let them wear their natural hair at work. From AR’s perspective, the only matter that should be discussed when it comes to hair or headwear is safety. Hard hats, gas masks, etc. – those things may require accommodation on behalf of the employee. An office job does not.

Back to School Shopping

If you haven’t seen the back to school prep video that the Sandy Hook Promise put out – please see below.

Gun safety in our schools and workplaces is a massive issue that we should all be paying attention to. One of the factors of integrating the upcoming generation into a workforce is that they were raised on active shooter drills. Does that impact how you run safety procedures? Should you have a policy in place – because they’ll probably ask? Yes and yes.


That’s all from me this week, folks. Dr. Erin will see you next week for another round of things we think you should know. 

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