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Michael Wear is the founder of Public Square Strategies LLC, and 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, Public Square Strategies LLC is a sought-after firm that helps religious organizations, political organizations, businesses and others effectively navigate the rapidly changing American religious and political landscape. Michael is the author of the forthcoming book Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America (available on Amazon for pre-order). He also writes for The Atlantic, Christianity Today, USA Today, 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. Michael and his wife, Melissa, are both proud natives of Buffalo, New York. They now reside in Washington, D.C.

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A Post-Election Path for American Christians

Barry Corey--President of Biola University--shares his thoughts on how the path forward for Christians after the election must include pursuing emp...

Casting a Vote for Distant Neighbors

Shannon Sedgwick Davis brings her international experience to bear on this election, and argues our vote must be for more than our own self-interest.

Interview with David Dark on Decency in Politics

Pastor and author Tyler Wigg-Stevenson interviews professor and author, David Dark, about faith, decency and the election.

When Anger is All We Can See

Author Drew Dyck describes the dangers of our rage-soaked politics.

Moving Beyond the Religious Right

Pastor RD McClenagan describes his views on what was wrong with the Religious Right, and the future of Christian political engagement.

This Election and the Alliances We Make

Pastor Mike Goldsworthy shares how he understands political alliances, and the importance of civility across difference.

Why Our President Must Be Decent

Pastor Kyle Bueerman shares why basic decency has become a non-negotiable for him in politics.

How We Can Change the Character of Our Politics

Amy Julia Becker writes about the low standard of discourse in this election, and how we can change it.