The Synod on the Family has plenty of controversial topics to consider — divorce and remarriage, contraception, sexuality — but there’s another issue affecting millions of families in nearly every nation on earth: How to get by with less in times of economic uncertainty.

Crux and the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, co-hosted a panel discussion to consider economic pressures facing families, and how the Synod on the Family in October might address them.

The event began with an outline of the Synod’s priorities from Crux associate editor John L. Allen Jr., followed by a panel featuring Maryann Cusimano Love, associate professor of international relations at the Catholic University of America; Tarshea Smith, an organizer with the labor union UNITE HERE!Michael Strain, a deputy director at the American Enterprise Institute; and Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO.

The event was titled “It’s the Economy, Synod!.” Online viewers can continue the conversation using the hashtag #CruxGU.