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  • commented on Reach us 2017-03-19 20:11:20 -0400
    I thought this event might be of interest to Durham Republicans.


    Michael Wear is coming to Duke this Tuesday (March 21st) to share his reflections on the future of faith in America after serving in the Obama White House, where he worked in the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partners on issues like adoption and anti-human trafficking efforts. Michael has also been critical of Democrats for failing to try to understand and reach out to religious Americans: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/12/democrats-have-a-religion-problem/510761/ . There will be light refreshments at the evening event (6pm, Westbrook 0016). The Facebook page for the event is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1846273932306567/


    Let me know if you have any questions. I would love to see folks from Durham Republicans show up and hear what Mr. Wear has to say. There should also be a substantial number of graduate and undergraduate students present, which could be good for getting people involved locally. I’m copying Mr. Wear’s full bio below.


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    Speaker Bio: 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 Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America. 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, and 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 Washington, D.C.

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