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 strategist, speaker and practitioner at the intersection of faith, politics and public life. He has advised a president, as well as some of the nation’s leading foundations, non-profits and public leaders, on some of the thorniest issues and exciting opportunities that define American life today. He has argued that the spiritual health and civic character of individuals is deeply tied to the state of our politics and public affairs.
Michael previously served as Chief Strategist and member of the executive team for the AND Campaign, and is the co-author of Compassion and Conviction: The AND Campaign’s Guide to Faithful Civic Engagement, alongside Justin Giboney and Christopher Butler.
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. During the 2020 presidential campaign, Michael served as senior advisor to Not Our Faith PAC, a bipartisan effort that made a Christian case against re-electing Donald Trump, one shared by the millions of Christians who voted to end his presidency.
Today, Michael is also the founder of Public Square Strategies LLC, a sought-after firm that helps religious organizations, political organizations, businesses and others effectively navigate the rapidly changing American religious and political landscape.
Michael’s first book, Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America, offers reflections, analysis and ideas about role of faith in the Obama years and what it means for today. In 2020, Michael was the co-author, alongside Professor Amy Black, of a major report on “Christianity, Pluralism and Public Life in the United States” that was supported by Democracy Fund. He also writes for The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Catapult Magazine, Christianity Today and other publications on faith, politics and culture. Michael is a Senior Fellow at The Trinity Forum, and he holds an honorary position at the University of Birmingham’s Cadbury Center for the Public Understanding of Religion. Michael and his wife, Melissa, are both proud natives of Buffalo, New York. They now reside in Northern Virginia, where they are raising their beloved daughters, Saoirse and Ilaria.