Senior editor Mollie Hemingway interviews Michael Wear, a former White House staffer serving the President Obama’s faith-based initiatives and evangelical outreach. Wear is the author of “Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America.”

Wear recounts how Obama’s faith messaging and invitations to people of faith was a central piece of his election, as well as some of the failuresĀ and controversies that would ariseĀ in the administration.

“In particular moments, policy decisions were made, not to resolve conflict, but to stoke it, and that’s something that in one hand is quite disappointing,” Wear said. “On the other hand it shows that there are other paths that could have been taken, and if we reject using some of these issues to stoke divides, then maybe we aren’t as far away from our politics bringing folks together as we think.”