Faith and Presidential Campaigns: Looking to 2016
A top advisor on religion and values in President Obama’s Administration, and the director of faith outreach for Obama’s winning re-election campaign, Michael Wear continues to be a leading voice at the intersection of faith and politics heading into the 2016 presidential campaign. Drawing on his experiences, Michael analyzes how faith will shape the Democratic and Republican primary process, and ultimately, help determine the next president of the United States.
Faith in the White House
From stakeholder politics to the bureaucracy of the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, faith is integral to the work of The White House. From national policy issues like health reform and immigration reform, to hot-button political fights, learn how faith has and will continue to play a pivotal role at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Religion in the 21st Century
The religious, social and political landscape is changing rapidly in the United States. Yet, religion still plays a powerful role in America--for good and ill. As a White House aide and consultant who has helped political and religious leaders navigate these complex issues at the highest levels, Michael Wear shares his unique insights on the current state of religion in America, and equips his audience with tools to help them and their organization.
American Public Life and Evangelicals
While many Americans still think of Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson as the faces of American evangelicalism, the truth is that American evangelicalism has changed a great deal since the 1980s. As an advisor to political and religious leaders on evangelicalism, as well as a frequent columnist on these matters, Wear moves beyond antiquated characterizations of evangelicals, and introduces us anew to the quarter of Americans who call themselves evangelical Christians.
Christian Faithfulness in Our Complex Lives
Wear provides lessons on faithfulness and decisionmaking applicable to Christians in all stages of their lives: business leaders and students, parents and children, politicians and pastors.
Michael Wear is a leading expert and strategist at the intersection of faith, politics and American public life. As one of President Obama's "ambassadors to America's believers" (Buzzfeed), Michael directed faith outreach for President Obama’s historic 2012 re-election campaign. Michael was also one of the youngest White House staffers in modern American history: he served in the White House faith-based initiative during President Obama’s first term, where he led evangelical outreach and helped manage The White House’s engagement on religious and values issues, including adoption and anti-human trafficking efforts. Today, Michael is a sought-after consultant helping religious organizations, political organizations, businesses and others effectively navigate the rapidly changing American religious and political landscape. Michael also writes for The Atlantic, Relevant Magazine and other publications on faith, politics and culture. He serves on the national board of Bethany Christian Services, the nation's largest adoption agency.