TheoEco is concerned with documenting, assisting, and researching those entangled in environmental and economic predicaments. In so doing, TheoEco produces documentaries about, and backs, the causes it finds important and are within its means to assist. TheoEco is also very interested in how theological undercurrents further exacerbate the entanglements between humankind’s pursuits and the ecology it finds itself impacting.
TheoEco Institute is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in the United States in New Haven, Connecticut, with roots in Miami, Florida. Founded by Steve Richards and his daughter Bobbie Richards in 2015, TheoEco has focused on situations as varied as earthquake relief in Nepal and sea level rise in South Florida. Much of its resources are focused on the institute’s Nepal Project and other research initiatives.
Steve’s journey started as he tried to discern the role the Spirit plays in the world's economic activities, prompting him to pen the study Economics in the Gospels to see what Christ and the ancient Jews might offer on the subject. He is currently compiling its follow up, Economics in the New Testament, due out in 2018. Closely involved in the Institute is Bobbie Richards, who co-produces and directs the documentaries and is also a director of the Institute.
The Institute was neither Steve nor Bobbie’s idea. That stroke of uncommon believing belongs to the Very Reverend Andrew McGowan, Dean of Berkeley Divinity School, The Episcopal Seminary at Yale.