Welcome to Waging Wisdom, the blog. My name is Charles Strohmer, the author of this blog. I’m American, but my wife and I lived in the UK for a few years, where she co-founded a preschool. Since returning to the States, England has become my home away from home, and I have also traveled widely there on speaking trips – apparently my purpose in life is to keep the rail systems and the Tube funded with my ticket purchases.
My driving passion is also my work, teaching and writing. Over the years, I’ve become increasingly convinced that the agency of wisdom is vital for advancing peaceable initiatives in areas where human diversity is normative, cooperation is essential, and human flourishing is desired – from family life to foreign policy. In other words, for times such as ours.
Within that framework I have been working since the late-1980s with individuals and groups to develop peaceable, wisdom-based approaches in areas such as education, the business world, family and social life, cultural development, environmental stewardship, and especially the arts, communication, and inter-religious engagement. My current interest is in ways in which wisdom-based approaches may be advanced for improving international relations, with a special focus on the United States and the Middle East and Christian – Muslim – Jewish narratives in that context.
For me personally this has meant a lot of unlearning and, on the other hand, learning wisdom in all sorts of surprising ways, including from creation, from the historic wisdom literature, and in conversation with persons who are not like me. Everyone, I believe, has gifts of insight and understanding from God so that we may learn wisdom from one another to ease adversarial relations and improve the life of our families, communities, nations, and world.