An estimated 5,000 times a day, our children are exposed to an ad that tells them they need one more thing or one more experience to be happy and accepted. As parents making the connection between faith and money, we know those messages of “never enough” are toxic to our children’s spirits and will distort their lives. But how do we offer God’s life-giving understanding of money when the commercial culture is in the very air they breathe? Our guests will restore our hope that we can raise our children with a sense of their place in God’s economy of enough for all. Susan Taylor’s family talks and walks (however imperfectly) their understanding of God’s call to justice and community. And Caroline and Jason Bernhardt-Lanier are raising four children within a loving tension between a background of affluence and hearts committed to God’s call to be present to the poor. Join us as we make a multi-generational connection between faith and money.
Susan K. Taylor has a PhD in economics, which did absolutely nothing to prepare her for teaching her two children—now teenagers—about money. Fortunately, she had parents who were mature about money and has learned a lot from her children, as well. Susan has spent her adult life connecting money and faith in her spiritual, personal and professional life as co-owner, with her husband Andy Loving, of a financial planning and investment management practice that specializes in socially responsible and community investing. She writes about issues of money and spirituality and works with groups of children around questions of finance, faith and economic justice. Susan serves on the board of directors for Faith and Money Network. Susan and her family live in Louisville, KY.
Jason and Caroline Bernhardt-Lanier
Married for nearly 20 years, Jason and Caroline Bernhardt-Lanier have shared a journey of service and multi-cultural friendships. Their greatest adventure has been raising their four children. Jason currently works at Ashoka, an organization that brings together multi-sector partners to innovate solutions to some of the world’s greatest social problems. He is passionate about men’s development and actively engaged in the ManKind Project and Illuman. Caroline works as a teacher, pastoral counselor, and parent educator. She enjoys helping people experience deeper connection, growth, and joy in their relationships. They live in the Washington, DC, area.