Episode 111–Susan Taylor Part 1: Wrestling with Systems

What About Our Money?

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A 3-part series on  Simple Living Works! Podcast and The Common Good Podcast with co-hosts Lee Van Ham and Jerry Iversen.

** This is episode 111 for mid-April, 2018, of SLW! We feature part 1 of our conversation with Susan Taylor of Just Money Advisors about her book “What About Our Money: A Faith Response” — wrestling with Systems.

** In early May, TCGP #95 features Susan part 2 on Matters of the Heart. PREVIEW NOW

** In mid-May, SLW!  #112 features Susan part 3 on Giving and Investing.

LEE: So many of us want strong, solid advice on using our money to advance our values. We know money talks, so we want it to be saying what is in our hearts to say. We want our money to speak up for our planet, not the corporations destroying species, air, land, and water. We want our money to speak up for justice and sharing and caring. But there’s so much advice. Who can we trust? Finding advice that truly does what we want can be challenging. Here’s some good news: we completely trust the person we’re talking with today. We trust her so much that we are planning not just this podcast episode with her, but the next two as well!! Stay with.

Thanks for the work you’ve put out, Jerry, to interview Susan Taylor about her new book. I believe we’re bringing our listeners something really important with these three episodes. And, listeners, I urge you to get a copy of Susan’s book that these episodes elaborate on, “What About Our Money? A Faith Response.” It treats so many money questions in such a readable, sensitive manner.

A copy of Susan’s new study book is available from United Methodist Women at https://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/mission-u/money

I think it’s important right here, in this first of three episodes with Susan, to introduce her further in terms of her many achievements and involvements. I very much liked the introduction that the NaturalInvestments.com gives Susan. So here it is.

Susan is part of the team at Just Money Advisors, Inc., a Louisville, KY, financial planning firm that specializes in socially responsible and community investing, working with her husband, Andy Loving. Susan writes about issues of money and spirituality, publishing in such magazines as Sojourners and Presbyterians Today, and writes regularly for Faith and Money Network, a Washington, DC, nonprofit organization. She has led workshops for parents, helping them teach their children to deal with money in ways that acknowledge their values and foster personal integrity. She also works with groups of children and high school students around questions of finance, faith, and the vital role of economic justice in creating and sustaining peace.

A native Kentuckian, Susan is a third generation graduate of Western Kentucky University (1980). In 1997, she earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park, focusing on labor markets and income inequality. From 1996 to 2000, she worked as an economist in Corporate Treasury for Bank of America, based in Charlotte, NC. As a corporate economist, she forecasted and interpreted economic data, such as unemployment rates and industrial output, as well as presenting economic briefings to customer groups throughout the Southeast. Within the bank, she was known to consistently represent the perspective of low income and working people in her readings of the data, highlighting the key question: how will this affect people?

Honoring family commitments, she and Andy returned to Kentucky in 2000, establishing the Louisville office of Just Money Advisors, Inc., which now serves clients in more than 25 states.

Susan is a committed mother of two teenaged children, public school supporter, member of Jeff Street Baptist Community at Liberty, animal lover (sharing her home with three cats and a dog), and pianist. She is vice-president of the board of directors of Faith and Money Network in Washington, DC.

Hear our earlier conversation with Susan on TCGP Episode 78 : Susan Taylor of Just Money Advisors on Relating to Money in a Toxic Culture and Parenting Children about Money. 

Also hear episodes 84-85: Walter Brueggemann on Money & Possessions

  • #84: Six Theses [1/1]
  • #85: brief Biblical survey [1/15]

READ MORE/Order — https://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/mission-u/money

NOTE: April is Financial Literacy Month

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*Simpler Formats for 2018SLW! Weekly Digest has been discontinued and the SLW! Podcast will be reduced to one episode per month, issued on the 15th. The complete SLW! Monthly Digest on the SLW! site will continue to feature the latest posts from colleague organizations and will be updated weekly. Simpler Living Weekly Nudge will feature offerings from SLW! It comes as your free subscription to  SLW! Blog.  The Daily Nudge comes by email (send NUDGE to SimpleLivingworks@yahoo.com) or by Twitter @GeraldIversen. Choose the options that work for you.

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Previous Episodes

Early April Bonus: HealthCare for All–Time for Healthcare for All—the Majority Want It and California’s Nearly There. Listen to this high energy, informative conversation with Julie Trager & Ava Torres-Bueno, two advocates for single payer healthcare. Their backgrounds in healthcare bring deep knowledge to their convictions. They tell how all of us can be served better and cheaper through California’s single payer plans.

Listen to this high energy, informative conversation with Julie Trager & Ava Torres-Bueno, two advocates for single payer healthcare. Their backgrounds in healthcare bring deep knowledge to their convictions. They tell how all of us can be served better and cheaper through California’s single payer plans.

Julie and Ava answer the objections to single payer that we often hear and explain how those objections come from the money-interests (insurance, pharma) who want to keep the status quo … and protect their profits. After this podcast you’ll be smarter about why and how single payer will serve us far better than the costly, confusing system we have now. You’ll know how you can help make it real asap.

We urge you to visit the website of California Health Care for All http://www.healthcareforall.org for helpful information and how you can help build momentum for this change in your area.

Also, on a related healthcare issue, Ava has written a well-informed, sensitive book, Peace beyond Abortion. It gets beyond the tragic frameworks used in much of the pro-choice vs pro-life debate which cannot be helpful to thousands of women (and men) caught in the excruciatingly difficult decision regarding a pregnancy. Ava’s book will help.

Also Mentioned: OpenSecrets.org

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Episode 110: Mark A. Burch is a Canadian author, speaker and transformational educator. He has published seven books about voluntary simplicity and sustainable livelihood, including The Hidden Door: Mindful Sufficiency as an Alternative to ExtinctionStepping Lightly: Simplicity for People and the Planet and The Simplicity Exercises: A Sourcebook for Simplicity Educators.  Euterra Rising is his debut novel.

He has practiced simple living since the 1960s, and since 1995, has offered presentations, workshops and courses on voluntary simplicity. He is the retired Director of the Campus Sustainability Office for The University of Winnipeg, former Co-Director of the Simplicity Practice and Resource Centre, and former Instructional Fellow with the Canadian School of Peacebuilding in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He has been a frequent featured guest on Canadian Broadcast Corporation radio and TV.

In 2012, he wrote eight papers for the Simplicity Institute in Australia. He also wrote the handy “Simplicity Study Circles: A Step-by-Step Guide.” Most recently he has moved to futuristic fiction with “Euterra Rising: the Last Utopia.”

Visit MarkABurch.ca for his blog Dispatches From Euterra

SimplicityInstitute.org – Envisioning a Prosperous Descent – Simplicity Institute Reports (8) by Mark A. Burch

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1st-of-March Bonus: Don Hall on Transitioning Our Communities into Earth-Size and Livable for All Life

We know many changes MUST be made to keep Earth livable. At the same time, so many changes (some in the wrong direction) are underway that we tire and need to practice resilience every week. It is in that context that we welcome Don Hall and the Transitions Movement.

Don Hall has had the good fortune to participate in the Transition Movement in a variety of capacities over the past decade. Initially serving for two years as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for Transition Colorado, he went on to found and direct Transition Sarasota from 2010 to 2016. During that time, Don delivered more than 60 Transition Talks, screened over 40 Films for a Future, hosted dozens of “reskilling” workshops, led an effort that harvested nearly 250,000 pounds of organic produce for those in need, organized six annual community-wide Eat Local Week celebrations, and compiled an Eat Local Guide with detailed listings for more than 250 related businesses and organizations. A certified Transition Trainer and experienced facilitator, Don was named Co-Director of Transition US in 2017. He holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University and currently lives in Sarasota, Florida.

TransitionUS.org connects you quickly with stories of transition going on around the country. Key words that pop up include: Transitions, Local Communities, Increase Resilience, Inner Transitions.

The Transitions approach states simply that three dynamics underway require urgent action: Peak Oil, Climate Change and the Economic Crisis.

Jubilee Circles function as transition groups!

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Episode 109: Richard Heinberg on Choosing to Get Off Fossil Energy—Our Best Local Choices  

Richard Heinberg of the Post-Carbon Institute. “PostCarbon.org // OurRenewableFuture.org // RichardHeinberg.com (Muse Letter)


Richard Heinberg is the author of thirteen books, including some of the seminal works on society’s current energy and environmental sustainability crisis:

Most recently, Our Renewable Future: Laying the Path for One Hundred Percent Clean Energy, co-authored with David Fridley (2016), and the well-known, The End of Growth: Adapting the Our New Economic Reality (2011)

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