The pursuit of wisdom... is not really too different from the work of the quantum vacuum pulsing matter into being; or of matter coalescing into the star; or of the star giving birth to the elements of the living Earth; or of the Earth churning the elements into life; or of life co-creating the complex web of relations in the ecosystem; or of the African plain giving birth to the curious ape, who created worlds with the stories told beside the fire under the stars. The legacy of this entire process remains with us, in the depths of the womb of the human soul, pregnant with the mysterious and unknown future.

Theodore Richards

Theodore Richards is a philosopher, poet and novelist. As the founder of The Chicago Wisdom Project, editor of the online magazine Reimagining: Education, Culture, World, and a board member of Homebound Publications and the Fox Institute, his work is dedicated to reimagining education and creating new narratives about our place in the world. He has received degrees from various institutions, including the University of Chicago and The California Institute of Integral Studies, but has learned just as much studying the martial art of Bagua; teaching in various settings and students; and as a traveler from the Far East to the Middle East, from southern Africa to the South Pacific. His books include Handprints on the Womb, a collection of poetry; Cosmosophia: Cosmology, Mysticism, and the Birth of a New Myth, recipient of the Independent Publisher Awards Gold Medal in religion and the Nautilus Book Awards Gold Medal; the novel The Crucifixion, recipient of the Independent Publisher Awards bronze medal and the USA Book Award; Creatively Maladjusted: The Wisdom Education Movement Manifesto, finalist for the USA Book Award; and his most recent novel, The Conversions. His next book, The Great Reimagining: Spirituality in an Age of Apocalypse, is scheduled for release in 2017. He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughters.


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Recent Blog Posts

July 15, 2016 |

Reimagining: Education, Culture, World [I Can’t Breathe: Mass Incarceration & Mass Extinction]

  “We revolt simply because, for many reasons, we can no longer breathe” – Frantz...

June 24, 2016 |

Things I Didn’t Know (in 1996)

In the summer of 1996, I lived on 54th & Woodlawn, my days spent on the porch reading, nights spent...

June 17, 2016 |

“I Am Osama and I Am Gay” A Story of a Gay Muslim in America [An excerpt from the novel The Conversions]

…Osama’s adolescence had been lived out in his head. He had no social life to speak of. He simply could...

June 15, 2016 |

Wildness: Voices of the Sacred Landscape [The Three Skies]

Below is a preview of “The Three Skies”, my contribution to the anthology Wildness: Voices of the...

April 14, 2016 |

Reimagining: Education, Culture, World [What is Education]

“From The Editor” piece in the Spring 2016 issue of Reimagining: Education, Culture, World: What are...

March 20, 2016 |

In Contemplation of a Murder (from the Wayfarer)

WATCHING/SEEING Yet I also suspected that what I was seeing was but a part of the truth and perhaps not even the...

December 1, 2015 |

Confessions: Reflections on the Re-release of Matthew Fox’s Memoir

In 2005, I moved from New York City to Oakland, California. I was 31 years old, recently married and without...

September 19, 2015 |

The Role of the Trickster in a Time of Change [The Wayfarer]

In this backward world In which borders are crossed daily, Even on city buses, In which money is real value And...

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