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Mid-April: Susan Taylor on Wrestling with Systems Where Money Is Boss

What About Our Money?

Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast*

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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. PREVIEW NOW

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

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 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 SLW! episodes 84-85: Walter Brueggemann on Money & Possessions

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


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 SLWMonthly 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 or by Twitter @GeraldIversen. Choose the options that work for you.

Subscribers to Simple Living Works! (SLW!) Podcast now receive The Common Good Podcast (TCGP)—which I produce and co-host—on the 1st of the month. Likewise, subscribers to TCGP receive SLW! Podcast on the 15th as a BONUS. So, SLW! Podcast subscribers will continue to receive two episodes per month. This makes good sense since the missions of both SLW! and Jubilee OneEarth Economics are so complementary and the two work together closely. For example, I blog on the Jubilee site at occasionally. Your comments on these changes are welcome.

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.

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

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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.

Visit for his blog Dispatches From Euterra – 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. 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. “ // // (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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Jubilee Economics / The OneEarth Project colleague Lee Van Ham’s books Blinded by Progress: Breaking Out of the Illusion That Holds Us and From Ego to Eden: Our Heroic Journey to Keep Earth Livable, both part of The OneEarth Project. Also, hear The Common Good Podcast, which I co-host and produce. || NEW three minute film: Ecology and Economics—Colleagues, Not Rivals || Conversation about The OneEarth Project and the book, Blinded by Progress: Breaking Out of the Illusion That Holds Us, by Lee Van Ham, including, episode 42 || Lee’s Slide Show || Lee’s new blog series Jubilee Is Bigger Than We’d Thought: Permeates Scripture, Addresses Today’s Crises

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