Sarah Pulliam Bailey moderated this discussion between Burns Strider and Michael Wear as they considered faith and the Democratic Party and progressive politics.
Journalist Sarah Pulliam Bailey is a religion reporter for the Washington Post, where she writes about politics, culture and anything that has to do with faith. She runs the Post's Acts of Faith, which hosts news, analysis and commentary about religion. She lives in New York City with her one-year-old daughter and her husband, who is a copy editor for the New York Times.
Co-panelist Burns Strider, is founder and principle of the Eleison Group, a consulting firm working at the intersection of faith, politics and culture. Strider has been Senior Adviser to U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senior Adviser and longtime confidante to Hillary Clinton, among other positions. Often referred to as the "Faith Guru" of the Democratic Party, he is a Southern Baptist who spent 2 years in China serving as Youth Minister at an SBC Mega Church on Hong Kong Island.
The third panelist, Michael Wear, is founder of Public Square Strategies LLC and former director of faith outreach for President Obama's 2012 presidential campaign. His most recent book, Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America" was published in January, and he writes for The Atlantic, Christianity Today, USA Today, Relevant magazine and other publications on faith and politics.